Lawns in the United States cover an estimated fifty thousand square miles, an area roughly the size of New York state. Americans today can hardly imagine home without picturing a green expanse of neatly cut grass. Yet, lawns have not always been so essential to our image of home. In the 19th century, most yards were bare earth scattered with trees and debris. Furthermore, only the rich could afford lawns since mowers were not invented until 1830. Maintaining a lawn required servants cutting the grass with a scythe, or herds of grazing sheep. Lawns were also out of reach for those who needed their yard to grow food.
It was Frederick Olmstead that popularized lawns in the United States. Olmstead, along with fellow landscape architect Calvert Vaux, had designed Central Park, and in 1868, he designed a suburb in Illinois. Olmstead determined that houses should be set back 30 feet from the road, and fences were eliminated to create an unbroken expanse of grass. The mass production of lawnmowers in the 1890s made lawns more affordable for the average American, and by the 1930s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had developed the right combination of lawn grasses that could flourish in American climates.
After WWII, suburbs spread rapidly throughout the country, and with it, lawns. Scientists developed new chemical pesticides to make grass greener and protect against pests, thus making the perfect lawn possible. Maintaining a good lawn however, is an ongoing job. Lawns need regular mowing and watering as well as fertilizer and protection from bugs and disease. Search for local lawn care services using Real Local Pages, an online directory containing listings for thousands of U.S. businesses. Visit Real Local Pages online at http://www.reallocalpages.com and select your area. Use the search box to enter keywords such as “lawn” or “garden” to locate lawn care businesses, or choose “landscaping” from the popular categories list on the home page. Each listing on the results page shows the contact number and address of the business. Real Local Pages can also be used to find other types of businesses and services, such as plumbers, florists, restaurants, and spas.