History Of Lawn Care
Perfectly manicured lawns have been around for hundreds of years. However, before the 18th century, taking care of your lawn was not done much. Before the 18th century, grass would be overgrown, and many consumers did not care about their landscaping or lawn.
In the 18th century, the lawn became a symbol of status. Whoever took care of their lawn was on highly regarded. Those who did not were looked down on.
We all know who Thomas Jefferson is, right? He was the first person to take care of his lawn in the early 1800’s and many followed after him. Back in the 1800’s, there obviously was not a lawn mower with an engine. Many people would cut their lawn with sharp pruners.
Fast forward to the late 18th century. Edwin Budding invented the lawn mower and was granted a British patent in August of 1830. His mower allowed those who could afford them to cut sports grounds and homeowner lawns. However, his invention was heavy and did not cut the grass cleanly.
Thomas Green decided he could create a better lawn mower. This mower used a chain to turn the blades of the mower and was much quieter than Budding’s lawn mower. Right after this invention, lawn mower production started ramping up.
More flower beds and landscape design started showing up in magazines all across Europe and the United States. Improvements were started in other common lawn areas such as water and better grass seed.
Before the pilgrims came, the grass that was over North America was mostly marsh grass. This grass is not very appealing and was hard to cut. In the 19th century, Kentucky Bluegrass was introduced to the Northern section of the United States such as Michigan, where it thrived in the colder conditions. Bermuda grass was a popular choice for the southern areas of the United States such as Florida. Farmers continued to harvest the meadows which soon became over run by unfavorable plants and erosion. To stop this, farmers planted premium grass seed and maintained it throughout the year.
Americans started to not work six days a week. They needed time to spruce up their lawn, and mow it. The housing boom after World War Two increased the need for grass seed, and soon almost every lawn in the United States was mowed on a regular basis.
Seed companies such as Scotts and Pennington started to making booming profits and grew significantly. Many consumers did not have time to mow and take proper care of their lawn, so they started hiring lawn care companies. These lawn care companies did very well at the beginning, but many companies in the Northern Part of the United States did not have work for four months out of the year because of the snow. These lawn care companies started to branch out offer addition services such as Christmas lighting and snow plowing.
Today, there are many different kinds of equipment available to companies from many different manufacturers. Lawn mowers now have up to 32 HP engines and can complete a lawn in as little as 10 minutes. However, with these technological upgrades came regulations. The United States was concerned that these mowers would hurt the environment. In 1997, the EPA started regulating the emissions of these new mowers. They believe these new mowers increase smog and lead to global warming. Chemicals for lawns are also strictly regulated, and any lawn care provider that wants to put chemicals on lawns, has to take tests and is closely watched by the government.