Of course we know that every home has a lawn but it is generally something we take for granted. In Atlanta lawn care is a serious task that some choose to hire out to professionals however, a beautiful, healthy lawn is something to strive for and be proud of. Your lawn can not only increase the aesthetics of your home but also your home’s value and it is something you can achieve yourself with a little time and effort. Whether you are a new homeowner or are a more seasoned one there are undoubtedly things you may not know about your lawn.

1. Time Spent

The average American spends about 4 hours per week in the Spring and Summer maintaining their lawn. We take pride in our lawns so it’s no surprise that during the growing season a homeowner spends about 10% of their work week working in their yard. Many homeowners find caring for their lawn to be relaxing so if you’re looking for a way to unwind after work or on the weekend look no further than your own front yard. Here in Atlanta lawn care can get hot in the summer months so make sure that your lawn isn’t the only thing you’re keeping hydrated.

2. Changing Directions

Like many things caring for your lawn can become a habit however, paying attention to the details can pay off in the long run and one way to do so is to change the direction you cut your grass each week. By cutting horizontal one week, vertical the next week, and diagonal the next week you won’t just achieve the coveted striped look in your lawn but your grass will actually grow thicker and lusher over time. This technique works because when you cut your grass it spreads seeds in the clippings and this approach insures that the seeds are distributed evenly.

3. Your Grass Can Get Stressed Too

Although your grass isn’t human and doesn’t have feelings it can still get stressed and when it does it can get thin and can even die. The ideal time to cut your grass is when it’s cool outside and hasn’t rained in at least 24 hours. Some other stressors that affect your grass are cutting it when it is too hot, too wet, or too dry. Additionally the best time to water your grass is in the morning or evening as when the sun heats it up it can actually burn your grass and kill it.

4. Fresh, Clean Air

A healthy lawn is not only aesthetically pleasing but it can also make it easier to breathe. Even a small lawn gives back every day. A 50 foot by 50 foot lawn actually provides enough oxygen for one person every day! Additionally, lawns are three times more efficient at at producing oxygen than trees making that fresh cut grass smell even sweeter.

5. The First Lawnmower

Perhaps one of the most important or at least the most appreciated invention when it comes to lawn care is the lawnmower. First invented in 1830 in England by Edwin Beard Budding, the lawnmower was manually operated and was designed to cut the grass on sporting fields and large gardens. Prior to this invention grass was cut using a large scythe. The first petrol powered lawnmower was introduced in the early 1900s and quickly took over popularity from its predecessor the steam powered lawnmower. If you’re interested in learning more about lawnmowers you have to visit the British Lawnmower Museum in Merseyside, Great Britain.