It’s okay if you do not think about grass too much on a daily basis! But aren’t you curious about the green growth on your lawn that highlights the beauty of your house? What makes it such a trivial thing in your life, and how is it different from all the other greenery in the world? If these questions interest you, we are glad to share some exciting facts about grass that you didn’t know!
Read on to see how the grass is an essential aspect of your life and how it impacts the air you breathe. You’ll also find some surprising facts about alcohol and the tallest grass in the world. Let’s explore grass-like never before!
Here are 14 Interesting Facts about Grass
1. Grass Makes Up 20% of the Vegetation on Earth
We see grass almost everywhere we go, but we never think about its impact on our environment. Did you know that grasslands make up about 20% of the entire vegetation on our planet? It may not seem like a big deal, but when we compare it to the other elements that cover Earth, like water, ice, etc., we must admit that 20% is a lot! Grass can exist in different forms and easily dominate topical land areas and varying temperatures.
2. More Than 10,000 Types of Grass Are on Earth
There are more than a million plant species in the world, and grass makes up over 10,000 of those. Despite it being a small number in a larger group of species, grass covers almost all areas on this planet in different shapes and sizes. It can survive in nearly every habitat, and some of them are part of our daily food consumption percentage. The popular grass types you may know include wheat, rice, corn, and sugarcane.
3. Scientists Have Found Grass That Is 200,000 Years Old!
Some scientists conducted research on one of the seagrass species in the Mediterranean Sea, the Formentera meadow. They found that it dates back to about 200,000 years ago, making this seagrass the oldest living known organism on our planet! Previously, Lomatia tasmanica, a Tasmanian shrub, had this title as it is believed to date back to 43,500 years ago.
4. Grass Makes Alcoholic Beverages Popular
Imagining a party without alcohol is something no one wants to do! But did you know that grass is an essential part of most alcoholic beverages? Your parties wouldn’t be the same if alcohol didn’t have grass grains in it! Believe it or not, grass makes alcoholic beverages delicious and worth drinking. Many alcoholic drinks, like beer and whiskey, have grass that adds to the flavor. But don’t worry, this grass is different from barley and wheatgrass, so you are not consuming the stuff that makes up your home garden!
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5. The Technical Name of Grass Is ‘Graminoids’
Like every other plant in this world, grass also has a very technical and scientific name, which is easy to remember. “Graminoids” is simple enough to pronounce if you ever want to show off your knowledge of plants, but you may get in trouble if someone asks about the different types of graminoids, as the names are impossible to remember! Well, grass further breaks down into three families, Poaceae (grasses), Juncaceae (rushes), and Cyperaceae (Sedges, Bullrushes).
6. Bamboo Is Part of the Grass Family!
Bamboos are wooden plants that are part of the Poaceae grass family. They are the tallest grass species, ranging from 24 to 30 meters in height. Most people are unaware that bamboo is grass and not a tree. That’s because the tallest bamboos grow as trees, which makes it easier to call them ‘bamboo trees’ instead of bamboo grass.
7. The Green Color of Grass Is Due to Photosynthesis
Grass has a special pigment called chlorophyll. It is a bright substance that can absorb red and blue light, but when it comes to reflecting light, it goes with the color green. And that’s why lawns are green in color. This absorption and reflection of light happen during the process of photosynthesis, which is normal for all plants. Imagine if the reflected light was different from green; which color would you prefer for your lawn grass?
8. Wimbledon Is Home to the Most Expensive Grass
The grass is essential for the tennis world, and the Center Court at Wimbledon is critical for tennis! The Center Court has the most expensive grass in the world with 100% ryegrass. It used to be 70% ryegrass and 30% red fescue back in 2001 but has changed since to improve the durability of the grass surface. Given that the court is subjected to intense pounding for two continuous weeks during the championships, it makes sense that the tennis world would use the sturdiest grass!
9. Lawn Grass Can Keep the House Cool
We all are familiar with the concept of grass because of the manicured lawns we have seen in many places. Some people do not have lawns to look at from their house windows, while others enjoy more than a scenic view. Lawn grass can keep the ground cool during warmer months. The grass blades absorb sun rays and prevent them from heating the surface. When the warmth is not stored in the ground, the house can stay cool, making lawn grass a natural air conditioner.
10. Grass Has Changed Its Way of Growing
Every living organism evolves over the years, but plants have a particular way of doing things. Most of them do not have the luxury to change the way they grow, but the grass is different from other plants. Grass has evolved to protect itself from external harm by growing from the base instead of the tip. If someone or something were to graze or burn grass from the ends, it would not damage the growing points of the grass. Eventually, it would be able to regrow healthily and shed any signs of previous damage.
11. A Typical Lawn Has Six Grass Plants Per Square Inch
While we are on the topic of lawn grass, let’s learn another fact about the grass plants that make up your lawn. A typical lawn can have six grass plants per square inch, making for about a million grass plants for a single property! If we consider all the damage these plants receive daily in the form of grazing and burning, we are surprised to imagine how grass can survive and regrow so quickly.
12. Grass Stripes Are Not Artificial
The grass stripes make a sports field or a lawn look more breathtaking. But these stripes are not artificial by any means! There is no variety of grass seeds used in a special pattern to give the most natural stripes effect either! It’s all because of the light reflected off the grass blades that create the effect. If you mow your lawn in the opposite pattern of the grass blades’ direction, you will have the finest contrasting stripes.
13. Grass Works as a Detoxifying Agent
The aesthetic value of grass is not the only thing that improves our quality of life. When you have a lawn outside your house, you improve the air you breathe, making it easier for you and your family to live a healthy life. Grass, like every other plant, absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. It cleans the air you breathe and works as a detoxifying agent keeping your family safe from harmful substances in the air. Even if a house has a lawn of only 50×50 feet, the grass can produce clean air for a family of four!
14. We Lose Almost 40 Billion Tons of Soil to Erosion Every Year
Despite knowing the great benefits of grass, we do not protect it the way we should. Around 28 to 40 billion tons of grass is lost to erosion worldwide every year. It significantly drops crop yields and makes it hard for the soil to store carbon, water, and nutrients. As humans, it’s our responsibility to keep the environment healthy, but we do not appreciate the importance of grass plants for the wellbeing of living organisms, including ourselves.
Why Do We Have Grass Lawns?
Watch this video to find out about grass lawns! Maintaining the perfect lawn takes a lot of work. There’s mowing, fertilizing, aerating, and watering. Having a trimmed green field leading up to your front door is something of a status symbol, and in some cases having a messy front lawn can get you into trouble with your more obsessive neighbors.
Did you find these fun facts about grass interesting? We hope you did because we had fun writing about them! Our favorite fact was about the grass being lost to erosion on a continued basis, gradually changing the atmosphere into an unhealthy environment. Isn’t it interesting to know such a small thing can have so much importance in our lives? Let’s keep protecting the grass plants so that we can benefit from them and keep our surroundings healthy for a long time.
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