NATURAL TURF – WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT IT?
Can you imagine life without it? Where would the children play? Where would people walk their dogs? What surface would our cricketers play on? Where would we go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? More importantly, what would happen to our health and to the environment? Where would we go to relax?
Turf grasses play a critical role in the general health and welfare of our nation and as a result of increasing urbanisation and deforestation; they are becoming more and more important for human health. Turf is not only a major source of beauty and comfort in our lives but also a cleansing answer to our environment.
Lawn is usually the centrepiece of a garden and most people still regard a turfed yard as part of the Australian dream. Lawn assists in turning a house into a home. It not only softens the look of a landscape and increases the beauty of your home but can also increase its value too.
Turf is the perfect environment for people of all ages. No matter the usage; raising a family, walking the dog, having a BBQ, playing professional sport or just having a kick around with friends, there’s no better surface. It reduces the incident of personal injuries through its cushioning ability and children in particular are much better protected when playing and falling on grass than any other surface.
Heat Mitigation of Living Turf
Turf improves our quality of life
Irrigated turf has been proven to be the best urban heat island mitigator.
Turf improves air quality and helps keep our cities and local environments clean and safe. It’s an essential part of a city landscape
Turf’s aesthetic appeal improves our enjoyment of life. Research studies have found that when people live or work close to parks and gardens they are less susceptible to high blood pressure, stress and depression. Psychologically, the colour green makes us feel closer to nature by being beautiful, restful and relaxing
Lawns and parks provide oases of calm from the stress and trials of daily life.
Contributing to a strong economy
Turf is a huge and diverse industry employing directly and indirectly, over 400,000 people in farming, landscaping, maintenance, management and design, to name a few.
The estimated amount of turf in production in Australia is 36,394,436 m2.
The estimated farm gate value of turf is $243,858,209.00
The average number of employees per turf farm is 8.1 FTE, with some farms in WA having up to 45 employees, through to one man farms.
The average revenue per FTE (Full time equivalent) is $237,133.00.
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- A Literature Review of the Environmental and Health Benefits of Turf in draft form by Dr Ross Higginson and Peter McMaugh
- K Martin Health benefits of turf and parks 13 July 2011
- Think before you remove your lawn – Benefits of Green Spaces
- Report: Value Of Green Space
- The benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being
- Density and greenspace access in SEQ
- Role of Turf in Environmental Protection – Beard and Green