Why Do People Care About Their Lawns?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

For the longest time, before I was a homeowner, I could not understand people’s obsession with landscaping. It was a truly bizarre obsession, as far as I could tell. I would see people outside in their yards for hours, fussing over plants or trying to trim trees just right. They would spend more hours mowing the lawn every week. They’d spend hundreds of dollars in a year on pesticides, seeds, and fertilizer. All that effort, and really, it just looked like a patch of grass and a few daisies just like the next house over. I didn’t get it.

Of course, it was easy to look down on something I wasn’t a part of. For a long time, I was a proud apartment renter. I enjoyed having so little responsibility for my residence. All I had to do was keep my little space clean. I could clean my dishes, sweep the floor, do the laundry, and tidy everything up in the time it took homeowners just to finish with their lawn fussing. And then they had a house still to deal with. I was done and ready to get on with my life.

I just couldn’t understand it. That is until I bought a house of my own.

Once I took that step, very quickly it started to make sense to me. I wanted my place to stand out, I felt pride in owning a home, and I wanted to show it off. I wanted to show it off to family and friends who stopped by, and I wanted to show it off to random neighbors who just happened to walk by.

I quite like how the Ware Landscaping website describes it, so I’m going to quote that here: “As an extension of your home, your yard can say a lot about you. In many cases, it’s the first impression of your property. It could be your garden, your paradise, or your go-to social venue.”

That’s true, isn’t it? It really is an important point of relaxation in a home, and it really is the first impression people have of your home. If your yard is rundown, it says a lot about who you are as a person.

These days, I think of my lawn like my haircut. I don’t go to work with my hair uncut. Who would want to work with me? No, I spend time and money to make sure my hair looks good so that when people see me, they notice how well put together I am. It makes a difference.

A final point that I realized once I actually had a home: working in the yard is relaxing. For all those years, I assumed people outside trimming bushes and mowing lawns were just doing what they had to to keep the home owner’s association happy. How wrong I was. They were having fun. And I was missing out. At least I don’t have to miss out anymore.

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