Fast facts about grass

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A lush, green lawn is coveted by many current and would-be homeowners. Not only can a beautiful landscape make a home feel more welcoming, but it also increases the resale value of a property.

Frequent watering, proper fertilization, pest management, and mowing are all essential components of lawn maintenance. But there is more to those beautiful blades of grass than just aesthetic appeal. The following are some interesting facts about grass that even the most devoted lawn enthusiasts might be surprised to learn.

• Grass is defined as any plant of the family Gramineae, a group of vascular plants that grow across the globe.

• There are as many as 10,000 varieties of grass in the world. These range from grass to rice to wheat to bamboo.

• Many grasses are annual or perennial herbs with fibrous roots and rhizomes.

• Grass can withstand many different climates and has been discovered at the North Pole and at the equator.

• Twenty percent of Earth’s vegetation is comprised of grass.

• Grasses have been transformed into paper and home decor items. Bamboo, which is a type of grass, is frequently used for flooring because it is durable and sustainable.

• Grass is mostly comprised of water, which makes up about 80 percent of grass and 90 percent of grass clippings.

• A typical lawn will have about six grass plants per square inch. Some lawns may have millions of grass plants.

• The average lawn releases enough oxygen to sustain four families of four.