April is National Lawn Care Month


BUCKHANNON  The month of April represents National Lawn Care Month. With that said the National Association of Landscape Professionals and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) offers education to show how important lawn care is.

The PLCAA designates each April as National Lawn Care Month, the same month that Earth Day is celebrated. The PLCAA webpage offered a quote from Executive Vice President Tom Delaney, reading,  “It’s the perfect time to honor the environment both through Earth Day and National Lawn Care Month in April… Nature is strutting her stuff with an array of colors that has at its base the green cushion of grass. This cushion offers many environmental benefits in our own backyards – many we don’t even realize.”

According to the PLCAA, lawns provide many key benefits. The first benefit noted is oxygen with data stating 625 square feet of lawn provides enough oxygen for one person for an entire day. The second benefit is temperature with data reporting that on a block of eight average houses front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning. The third benefit is pollution control as turf absorbs gaseous pollutants, such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, and converts them into oxygen. The fourth benefit is the decrease of dust and dirt as turf traps an estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt released into the atmosphere annually. The fifth benefit is fire retardation as a buffer zone of grass around buildings can help slow the spread of fire. The sixth benefit is improved water quality as turf prevents soil erosion, reduces runoff and filters contaminants from rainwater.

Lawns are an important part of life for families as well. Lawns are often where children are taught how to kick a soccer ball or how to throw a baseball. Lawns are gathering places for families and friends during cookouts and other celebrations, such as outdoor weddings. Some even have lawns that are made specifically for relaxation with hammocks and loungers to soak up some sun or cozy up to a good book.

Eighty one percent of Americans say that the upkeep of their lawn is important to the look of their home, and 88% of Americans have a yard that needs to be maintained, as noted from data obtained from yourgreenpal.com. The National Association of Landscape Professionals provided some interesting facts about lawns which are listed below.

• A 5,000 square foot lawn produces enough oxygen daily for 18 to 34 people, stated by The Lawn Institute.

• Turfgrass, like that found in our lawns, is much cooler than asphalt or cement, acting as an “air conditioner” for the surrounding area. Lawns can be more than 20 degrees cooler than urban asphalt “heat islands.”

• Healthy turfgrass has many miles of fibrous roots that hold soil and filter rainwater, stated by National Arboretum Grass Roots Project. A single grass plant can have more than 300 miles of roots.

• Naturesacred.org shares that research found people find stress relief and healing when interacting with nature or even when just viewing nature on a computer screen or through a window.

The history of lawns provides some more interesting facts, including that lawns used to be a mark of wealth and status. During the 17th century in England, only the wealthy could afford human labor to scythe and weed the grass. This was before lawn mowers and required the use of many hands to perform the work on large areas. At first, in America, only the rich could afford to have a well-manicured lawn and in the early days it was considered as purely decorative.

In the 19th century as cities grew and became industrialized the park was created. The term park had originally referred to the acres of lawn with their carefully tended trees around wealthy English homes. Now it took on a new meaning in democratic America and became a public area characterized by landscaped lawns, trees, shrubbery and water (fountains, streams, ponds and lakes) — all features lifted from British estate grounds,” as stated by planetnatural.com.

Lawns and parks continued to increase and rise to beautification standards. This gives way to a man named Frederick Law Olmsted who is known as the American father of landscape. Olmsted planned and developed New York City’s Central Park in the 1850s. It is believed that Olmsted’s use of meadows in public parks also led to his design of suburban residential area landscapes.

To obtain more information about lawn care and landscaping, refer to some Buckhannon businesses such as Highland Landscaping and Feola’s Flowers.

According to Highland Landscaping’s website, www.highlandyard.com, they are specialists in landscaping, lawn care treatment, outdoor space design and construction. They pride themselves on delivering outstanding quality and design for local clients. Highland Landscaping is located 2915 Old Elkins Road and can be reached by calling (304) 473-0221.

According to Feola’s Flowers website, www.feolasflowers.blog, they offer tree and shrub removal, mulch, custom waterfalls or custom designs for individual spaces. Feola’s is there for all landscaping needs. Call Feola’s Flower for service estimates at (304)- 472-1190. They are located at 196 South Kanawha Street and open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. More information can be found on their website.

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