Did You Know…

1. OVER 10,000 DIFFERENT TYPES OF GRASS EXIST

Almost every habitat and biome on our planet has some type of grass as its resident. That’s a lot of ground to cover! Grasses come in all shapes and sizes. Some variations of grass species include: turf grass, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, and even bamboo.

2. GRASS CONSERVES WATER AND CLEANS AIR

When grass takes root and grows beneath the soil, it acts as an anchor for all the loose soil and sand. Grass helps trap water by storing it in their roots and blades. It also cleans air through the process of photosynthesis and keeps your yard from eroding away due to rain and wind.

3. A HEALTHY LAWN CAN KEEP YOUR HOUSE COOL

Grass blades absorb and disperse the sun’s rays and prevent the ground from absorbing and storing the sun’s radiant heat. In turn, this makes your house cooler by making the surrounding ground cooler. Grass cover can keep the ground cool at temperatures anywhere between 30 – 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. MOST OF THE EARTH IS COVERED IN GRASSLANDS

Grasslands make up most of the Earth and are actually some of the largest ecosystems in the world. It’s estimated that 20 – 40 % of the Earth is covered in grassland. Not to mention around 800 million people depend on grasslands for agriculture and their livelihood.

5. PALM TREES ARE ACTUALLY JUST TALL GRASS

Due to their biological makeup, palm trees are technically classified as a very tall grass. Grasses are monocots, monocots are classified as having one seed and fibrous stems. Palm trees fit these qualifications, but due to their large size, they are often categorized as trees.