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13 Interesting Facts About Lawn Care
Lawns add beauty and curb appeal to our yards. They are a living piece of our homes and spaces. It’s important to take the steps necessary for proper lawn care! In order to do that, it’s also important to know some facts about what you’re taking care of. Here are some fun facts about lawns that might come in handy!
- An average lawn has six grass plants per square inch. That’s 850 per square foot— which can contain as many as 3,000 individual blades of grass.
- There are 50 million lawn mowers in use in the U.S.
- The first lawn-care book: The Art of Beautifying Suburban Home Grounds, published in 1870.
- About 65% of all water used in American households goes to watering lawns. (In summer, that’s about 238 gallons per person per day.)
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as much as 5% of all polluting exhaust in urban areas is from lawn mowers.
- The average lawn absorbs water six times more effectively than a wheat field.
- You can get a degree in lawn maintenance from Penn State University (but they call it “Turf Grass Science”).
- The most popular lawn ornament: the pink flamingo (250,000 are sold every year).
- There are about 40 million acres of lawn in the United States—three times the acreage planted with irrigated corn.
- AstroTurf was patented in 1967. It was originally named Chemgrass.
- A lawn absorbs 10 times more water on a hot day than it does on a cloudy day.
- A 150-pound man can burn 380 calories in a half hour of mowing with a push-mower.
- Before mowers were invented, lawns were cut with scythes (or sheep).