Benefits Of Carbon

How Does Carbon Benefit Your Lawn?



Carbon is very important to microbes.

You need to have healthy soil if you want to have a healthy lawn, healthy soil depends on having a healthy presence of microbes. These microbes survive and depend on organic carbon compounds and nitrogen for growth. The health of these microorganisms is critical to the health of your lawn. These microorganisms affect your soil structure, protect lawns from drought stress, and they also break down nutrients in the soil and release them to the root zone of the lawn. Let’s take an average 5,000 sq. ft. lawn, there should be around 230,000 pounds of soil. For a healthy lawn this soil should have around 7,000 pounds of organic carbon, 700 pounds of organic nitrogen, 300 pounds of organic phosphorous, and 100 pounds of microbes.


Carbon is needed for photosynthesis.

We all remember learning about photosynthesis in school, Carbon in the form of carbon dioxide is required for photosynthesis. Lawns and other green plants use this carbon to create organic compounds that are vital for your landscape. Plants receive carbon from the air. Once carbon is inside the plant, it enters the cell walls and is taken to the chloroplast. This process is what gives plants their green color which is used to capture the light energy from the sun. A chain of reactions then happens where water and carbon dioxide are converted into sugars using the suns energy. This process then allows the plant to release oxygen.


Balancing Nutrients Is Important For A Healthy Lawn.

In today’s world we believe more is better. This is not the case when it comes down to having a healthy lawn and soil. What you are really looking for to achieve a healthy landscape is balancing the nutrients. Maximizing the nutrient quantity can actually be harmful to your landscape. The most common nutrient problem that we come across is an over application of nitrogen. When you over apply nitrogen it can have several harmful effects on your landscape, one of which is the disruption of the ideal carbon nitrogen ratio which is somewhere between 8:1 and 15:1. When you achieve this ideal balance it results in a natural release of the nitrogen and phosphorous already contained in the soil.


The Solution To Achieving Nutrient Balance

To achieve this solution of balancing the carbon and nitrogen is twofold: you want to restrict the total amount of nitrogen you apply to your lawn and increase the amount of carbon. You do not want to apply more nitrogen to your lawn than needed. The amount you need can vary depending on where you live, there is a general guide on the annual nitrogen inputs per grass type. You want to stay on the lower side of this range.


Bermuda Grass 3 to 7 pounds

Per 1,000 sq. ft.


St. Augustine Grass 2 to 6 pounds

Per 1,000 sq. ft.


Zoysia Grass 2 to 6 pounds

Per 1,000 sq. ft.