Despite our name, The Mower Shop isn’t solely focused on grass. Your entire lawn plays a vital role in the greater ecosystem. As well as being a place to play, healthy lawns provide refuge for wildlife, protect our waterways from contaminants and reduce energy costs.
Grass is a vital component but shrubs, flowers and trees as essential to healthy grass. Beyond the beautiful songbirds, countless animals live their entire lives within the borders of our lawns. Grasslands sustain small mammals like ground squirrels and rabbits. Insects feed along the surface of your lawn while ants and annelids balance the nutrients beneath the soil. In areas of your lawn where grass struggles to grow, consider adding a shrub or even a hardscape feature. Either option relieves strain on the root system of grass.
Beneath the ground surface, sod slowly filters water and contaminants into the ground. Without a strong root network, both chemical and natural nutrients are lost to water runoff. These runoffs carry soil and pollutants into waterways damaging infrastructure and the environment.
Even for the homeowner that scoffs at ecological protection. Retaining water around your lawn impacts your pocketbook. A strong network of grass retains high levels of moisture during cool evenings. As the day heats up, water evaporates from the lawn cooling the air. Naturally regulating the temperature around your home reduces air conditioning costs.
Planting shrubs and other plants where grass cannot or struggles has the same effect on your homes energy costs.