When you look at the entire yard maintenance impact, lawns don't counterract the CO2 pollution they absorb.
ACCORDING TO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT SUE REED, author of Energy Wise Landscape Design, the results of one study from 2008, titled “Technical Assessment of the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Managed Turfgrass in the United States,” has been taken as gospel by major chemical and equipment producers. It suggested that “well-managed lawns capture four times more carbon from the air than is produced by today’s typical lawnmower.”
This would be good news for all involved, if it were the complete story, but as Reed points out (link below), the study ignores the big picture of lawn chemical additives and maintenance. The uncounted environmental costs include:
- Manufacture and Transport of Fertilizers and Weed Killers
- Irrigation and Watering
- Manufacture of Mowers, Edgers and other Equipment