Grass is an essential part of our ecosystems, and is essential for life as we know it. But, there are some fun facts about grass you probably don't know!
At The Grass People,
we are true lovers of grass, from the sowing to the growing and everything
in-between. But we realise that our
interest in grass is higher than most, so to help us showcase how great it is,
we have compiled a list of fun facts for you.
Fact #1 - Grass is
used to make alcohol.
Grass and alcohol? It
seems unbelievable when you say it out loud, but it’s true, your parties just wouldn’t
be the same without grass! Many popular alcoholic beverages are manufactured
using the grains from various grasses.
Fact #2 – A healthy
lawn can help to keep your house cool.
Our summers in the UK are often short and sweet, it’s worth knowing that a healthy lawn can actually help to keep your house cool in those warmer weeks. Grass blades absorb and disperse the sun’s rays and prevent the ground from taking in and storing the sun’s heat, effectively making your lawn a natural air conditioner.
Fact #3 - Bamboo is
part of the grass family.
Bamboo may not be a
common grass type in the UK, but it part of the wider grass family (Poaceae).
It is the tallest species in the grass family reaching heights of up to 24-30 metres.
That’s approximately the height of 14 men!
Fact #4 – Tennis is home to the most expensive grass in the world.
The most famous grass tennis court in the
world is the Centre Court at Wimbledon and it is considered to be the most
expensive grass lawn in the world. The Centre Court previously had mixture of
70% ryegrass and 30% red fescue in 2001 but has since changed to a 100%
ryegrass to increase the durability of the surface ahead of two weeks of
intense pounding during the championships.
Fact #5 - The ‘stripe’ effect.
The stripes that you see on a sports field, or a lawn aren’t created by
using a variety of grass seeds, nor are they created by cutting your lawn to a
different height. The stripes seen are caused by light reflecting off the
blades of grass, due to the blades of grass being bent in different directions.
So, mowing your grass in an opposite pattern (left/right, up/down) will give
you the most contrasting stripe.
Fact #6 – Glastonbury farm grass.
Home to one of the world’s most famous music festivals, Glastonbury Farms
main priority lies outside of hosting music festivals. With over 1,100 acres of
farm land, producing a grass that will produce the best quality silage while
being fit for a few thousand people walking over it is a challenge. Glastonbury
farm now use a 50:50 mix of old variety fescues and perennial ryegrass.
Fact #6 – Grass as a detoxifying agent We’ll agree that a beautiful green lawn looks great outside your house, but its benefits are rooted much deeper than its aesthetic qualities. Like all living plants, grass takes up CO2 and releases oxygen. Grass breathes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen, detoxifying the air and making it easier to breathe. Even a 50x50 foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four