A little lawn history? Did you know that the word “lawn” comes from a Celtic word Llan or Luan meaning an enclosed piece of land?
Lawns, as we have come to know them, most likely had their beginnings as grassy areas kept separate from crop fields. These enclosed pastures were used as grazing areas for livestock. In Europe, during the 1500’s, large areas of scythed turf were seen as a status symbol among the nobility and village greens turned from just grazing areas into places that common people would gather for leisure and recreational activities.
In the early 1800’s, urban parks became increasingly popular across North America. Spurred on by the industrial revolution, the newly emerging class of wealthy industrialists imitated European nobility and surrounded their properties with acres of manicured turf. Lawns continued to be a symbol of wealth until the end of World War Two. The post war building boom led to the creation of the suburbs as people looked for places to live outside of the cities. Each house was surrounded by grass and the modern lawn, as we know it today, was born.
It is estimated that turf covers 32 million acres in the United States and has become the largest irrigated crop in the country. Lawns are a part of an ever changing multi-billion dollar industry. Changing climates, government legislation and market demands continue to be driving forces behind the evolution of lawns. Lawns 50 years from now will be as different as our lawns are from those grown in the 1950’s.
The benefits and results of an organic lawn stretch far into the future. Organic lawns hold up better over time, evidenced by their flourishing, lush, verdant quality that attracts happy grass, plants and critters alike. Start today and you will enjoy a lifetime of organic lawn benefits. Organic lawns are greener, healthier, less prone to winter breakdown or degradation over time and are, overall, less expensive to maintain.
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