A lawn in something many homeowners really desire, since a well-kept lawn and nice landscaping can be a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the warm summer months.
Lawns come with a certain amount of responsibility in terms of routine lawn care and regular lawn mowing, but they enhance a property nicely, even in a more urban setting.
There was a time when lawns did not even exist; however, as history and urban growth shows, lawns have become quite desirable and meaningful to many people.
What Is A Lawn?
A lawn is a planted and managed area of grass and other plants that is normally seen surrounding homes and buildings, its purpose to add a bit of nature to a more urban setting.
Although the first lawns were only small enclosures on larger properties, the idea of having a lawn to bring greenery into a place where there was none became an important trend; one that still lives on today.
The First Real Lawns
It is thought that the first lawns began in medieval times as grassy enclosures for grazing smaller amounts of livestock, separate from pastures and larger grazing areas. The word lawn is derived from the Celtic word lawn, which means enclosure.
In the 16th century, these small grazing enclosures became popular with royal and wealthy families in England and some parts of Europe. By the 17th and 18th centuries, these areas eventually progressed to what were carefully cultivated grassy enclosures and gardens that were meant more for appearance than the grazing of animals. Either way, these lawns signified wealth and aristocracy, which continued for quite some time.
Lawns In America
Like in Europe, lawns in America originally only appeared on estates and expensive properties that were owned by the wealthy. This was mostly due to the expense required to plant and maintain these grassy areas, since lawn mowing at that time was carefully done by hand with scythes and other hand tools. It was not until the late 1800’s that a mechanical lawn cutting machine was invented; once that happened, the history of lawns changed dramatically.
Once it was easier and cheaper to actually maintain a lawn, more managed lawns began appearing throughout America and Europe. These managed plots even began showing up in urban areas to add beauty to what were becoming more desirable places to live.
With the development of better lawn and garden maintenance tools, lawns began expanding into full gardens, complete with decorative hedges and beautiful plants.
This continued into the 19th and 20th centuries and spread to industrial suburbs, which had become the most desirable places to live. These areas were close to the city with a little bit of the country in the form of a well-manicured front lawn, indicating that the homeowners were financially stable.
Modern Day Lawns
Although today many people own homes with lawns and there are lawns in many urban areas, there is still somewhat of a connection between prosperity and having a home with a lawn.
Suburban and urban homes with lawns are still thought by many to be more desirable because of that connection between the urban setting and the tranquil nature of the countryside.
Many homeowners take great pride in their lawns, making lawn care and careful lawn mowing a priority in keeping their properties looking their best. Lawns also add value to a property, especially when combined with tasteful and colorful landscaping.
Lawn culture, as it has been called, is an idea that has been around for centuries. Although there is grass in most parts of the world, a lawn is revered as something much more special, even creating somewhat of social status in some communities.
When performing lawn care and maintenance, or when the grass is tall and needs lawn mowing, consider the history and significance in that lawn and mow with pride!