Lush green grass tickles our toes … flowers treat our eyes to bold, vibrant colors … and fragrant shrubs delight us with their sweet perfumes. It’s easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but did you know their real value is much more substantial than pleasing aesthetics and aromas? That’s right, well-managed landscapes offer tremendous benefits for people and for the environment. Let’s explore some of the little understood, but vitally significant, benefits of landscapes.
Environmental Benefits of Managed Landscapes
Natural Coolants – Grass is much cooler than asphalt or cement. It acts as an “air conditioner” for the surrounding area. In fact, lawns can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil. But wait, there’s more. Trees shading homes can reduce attic temperatures by as much as 40 degrees.
Environmental Cleaners - Grass plays a vital role in capturing dust, smoke particles and other pollutants, and it produces oxygen.
Water Protectors – Healthy lawns absorb unhealthy runoff that might otherwise filter into bodies of water.
Air Cleaners – Grasses absorb carbon dioxide and break it down into oxygen and carbon. In fact, a 50’x50’ lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four.
Noise Minimizers – Lawns and plants dramatically reduce noise pollution; they can reduce noise levels by 20 percent to 30 percent over hard surfaces like concrete and pavement.
Turfgrass slows down and
absorbs runoff into bodies of water.
Even in areas that have water restrictions and are experiencing drought, it is important that lawns and landscapes remain a viable component of healthy communities. There are a number of sustainable practices that will allow managed lawns and landscapes to reduce water usage but still provide important environmental benefits.
Representatives from Ariens will be on site at the Snow and Ice Management Association's
Snow and Ice Symposium, this yeay held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.
At the show, Ariens will display it's Power Brush lineup as well as the Deluxe 28 SHO from their Sno-Thro line of snow blowers and a Path-Pro single stage snow blower. Guests can visit Ariens at booth 828 for a chance to win an Ariens Dri-Duck jacket. Also at the show, Ariens will be running a special fleet promotion for attendees only. Stop by the booth for more details.
For more information on the Snow and Ice Synposium,
Now through the end of June, homeowners can take advantage of a free two-year extended waranty on all residential zero-turn mowers. Most Ariens mowers come with a three year factory warranty, so this promotion will extend that to five years.
Please note that the extension does not apply to the engine, which comes with a separate engine manufacturer's warranty during the time of purchase. All Ariens residential zero-turn models qualify for the extension when purchased during the promotional timeframe (Ariens Zoom, IKON X, IKON XL, Max Zoom SKUs).
To receive the extended warranty, consumers must register their unit and provide a valid email address to the manufacturer can send a confirmation. ALready have a unit that needs to be registered? Visit http://www.ariens.com/en-us/more/registration.