ANCHOR LEAD: Many homeowners in the west feel challenged when it comes to keeping a lawn alive and well on their property – or to even have one at all. Brian Osuch has more on why it’s worth keeping your lawn and how the rewards go much further than curb appeal. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I’m Brian Osuch. For those living in the western part of our country, living landscapes, like lawns and gardens, are under siege thanks to the drought. But, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Kris Kiser says some homeowners who are being encouraged to rip out their lawn, should think twice…
CUT: (Kiser) The fact that it goes brown is okay. You just don’t want it to die. Browning turf means it’s going through a natural plant cycle. It will slow down and it will spring back to life once the rains come as they inevitably will.
SCRIPT: And that turfgrass can also be used to help reduce the heat island effect in urban areas…
CUT: (Kiser) Cities, you’ve got a lot of asphalt and concrete… and so it creates heat. And what the grass does, is dissipate that. Grass is very much cooler than hard surfaces and so it acts as a cooling system.
SCRIPT: Kiser says if people continue to remove grass from their property, they’ll likely increase their carbon footprint…
CUT: (Kiser) Our lawns are the largest carbon sink in the country. Grass absorbs and sequesters carbon dioxide. It puts it in the soil.
SCRIPT: For more, go to OPEI.org. That’s Newsbreak from OPEI.
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