Turfgrass "Factoids"

Below Ground...

  • 90% of the weight of grass is in its roots
  • A single grass plant has 387 miles of root
  • There are 329,000 miles of root per square foot
  • 3 billion miles of roots in a 10,000 square foot lawn
  • Turfgrass sod is a superior form of erosion control, with tests documenting:
  • A dense lawn is 6 times more effe
  • ctive than a wheat field and 4 times better than a hayfield at absorbing rainfall.
  • Sediment losses from sodded areas will be 8 to 15 times less than for tested man-made erosion control materials and 10 times less than for a straw covered area.
  • Runoff from a sodded area will take 28 to 46 times longer than for five popular erosion control materials.

* A 50 by 50 foot lawn (2,500 square feet) releases enough oxygen for a family of four, while absorbing carbon dioxide, hydrogen fluoride and perosyacetyle nitrate.

Above Ground...

  • Grass plants are 70 to 80% water
  • Grass clippings are 90% water
  • Grass clippings contain 4% nitrogen, 2% potassium and 0.5% phosphorus
  • A 10,000 square foot lawn will contain:
    6 grass plants per square inch
    850 plants per square foot
    8.5 million plants total
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