In celebration of National Lawn Care Month, let’s reflect on our love affair with our lawns. Why do Americans love their yards?
The first lawns were created by the aristocrats of the 17th and 18th century. The Versailles gardens of Louis XIV were the first to include squares of “green carpet”. The idea of lawns as a status symbol spread quickly. After the American Revolution, the trend arrived in the USA. George Washington had a lawn at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson had one at Monticello.
The idea of the common man having a lawn took hold after the Civil War along with suburban housing. The next jump came after World War II, when Americans left the cities for homes in quieter gentler surroundings. Lawns became a symbol of leisure and prosperity. A place where people could relax, have parties, play ball, build memories and celebrate family milestones.
As the graphic illustrates, we do love our yards. A healthy lawn provides a place to relax, play and entertain but it also gives us pride and protects our property value.
According to the EPA, a healthy lawn:
- Absorbs airborne pollutants like dust and soot.
- Converts carbon dioxide to oxygen, which helps to clean the air.
- Cools the air and reduces high temperatures.
- Reduce noise pollution, especially in urban areas.
- Creates shelter and feeding grounds for wildlife.
- Prevents soil erosion and increases soil stability through its expansive root structure.
- Filters contaminants from rainwater runoff.
- Reduces the risk of pesticide exposure to children, adults and pets.
If you don’t have the time to invest in keeping your lawn healthy then, use a professional. Call GrowinGreen – let us remove that burden and “inspire you to love your lawn, again”.
To learn more visit – https://www.loveyourlandscape.com/. This site has a wealth of trusted information for the homeowner from the National Association of Landscape Professionals.