Lawn Care 101: How did it start?
Today, there is an entire culture that surrounds lawn maintenance. Specifically, the process of care for your grass. Everyone seems to have a tip or trick to creating a beautiful and healthy lawn, but where did they all come from? In fact, how did the culture of maintaining a lawn at all, come to be?
Luckily, horticulture is all about a deeper understanding of your garden so you can give it the care it needs, and Bourne Green Horticulture believes in a better way to landscape. So here we go!
The history of lawn care goes back centuries, with evidence of manicured gardens and lawns dating back to ancient Persia and Greece. The concept of a lawn as we know it today, however, began in medieval times with the creation of monastic gardens. Used by many, and for multiple purposes, the garden acted as the main source for food, orchards, and cemeteries. For monasteries, the garden was especially important because it supplied the monks livelihood and provided medicinal uses. For instance, the use of peaches for wound closure.
It wasn't until the the Renaissance that the idea of a lawn as a status symbol emerged, with wealthy landowners and royalty competing to have the most beautiful and well-maintained lawns. This marked an era of lavish, lush, and thriving gardens all over Europe. This movement led to the development of lawn mowers and other tools specifically for lawn care.
In the 19th century, the invention of the lawn mower made it easier for homeowners to maintain their own lawns. At this time, the concept of a lawn as a symbol of wealth and status began to shift to one of a leisure activity for the middle class.
The rise of suburban living In the mid-20th century and the post-World War II boom led to an explosion in lawn care products and services. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides became popular, leading to concerns about the environmental impact of lawn care.
Today, the field of horticulture is at the forefront of a growing movement towards more sustainable and environmentally-friendly lawn care practices, like using organic fertilizers and natural pest control methods. Horticulturists also employ the use of native plants and a process called xeriscaping, which involves landscaping with drought-resistant plants, as people seek to conserve water and also reduce their carbon footprint along the journey.
The history of lawn care is a long and evolving one, from the manicured gardens of ancient Persia to the environmentally-conscious practices of today.
As our understanding of the impact of lawn care on the environment grows, it is likely that we will continue to see changes in the way we care for our lawns in the future. Which is why it's important to choose a better way to landscape.