TU07034 - The Environmental, Social, Economic and Health Benefits of Turf Grasses

This literature review is aimed at bringing that study up to date, expanding on its base, and attempting to relate the findings within the context of the Australian turf grass industry. With recent severe water shortages and the fear of climate change, the general public within Australia and the USA is developing a negative environmental image for turf grass ( Robbins & Sharp, 2003). This is because turf grass requires to be maintained regularly, involving mowing, fertilizing and watering. These three practices utilise water, a limited resource, create greenhouse emissions (from petrol mowers), and expose the environment to possible chemical pollution from fertiliser and pesticide usage.