Your lawn can be a canvas for expressing yourself. In fact, over half (52 percent) of homeowners surveyed in a recent Lifestyles National Survey of America, put out by TruGreen, said that “a homeowner’s lawn can tell you a lot about their personality.”
Homeowners’ Top Three Ideal Outdoor Spaces
According to the survey, homeowners’ top ideal outdoor space is “functional” (40 percent) or focused on the overall utility of the lawn. Characteristics of this popular response include using the yard for children to play, sport activities, backdrop for entertaining, and growing flowers, fruits or vegetables.
Coming in second is the “formal” (24 percent) outdoor space characterized by a perfectly cut, healthy lawn; clutter-free area; manicured landscaping; and little or no yard accessories.
In close third is the “creative” (17 percent) outdoor space driven by the imagination and inspired by the senses. Here you may find wilder foliage, colorful flowers, water features, artistic lawn decorations and charming outdoor lighting.
In comparison to ideal outdoor spaces, more homeowners (45 percent) best described their current outdoor space as “functional.”
Fewer respondents categorized their current outdoor space as “formal” (21 percent) or “creative” (10 percent), reflecting that for some homeowners reality doesn’t match the vision that they have for their yard.
Fall Lawn Care Prep
According to the majority of homeowners (79 percent) surveyed, “in selling a home, it is important for the lawn to be in top shape to get the best price.” Fall is the best time to prep lawns, trees and shrubs for spring’s growth cycle, especially with the home buying season right around the corner.
“Lawns become distressed from summer entertaining with family and friends and require care throughout fall,” says Ben Hamza, Ph.D., TruGreen expert and director of technical operations. “A good fall feed is important to lawn, tree and shrub health as roots continue active growth before the dormant winter months and store reserves needed for hungry plants in spring.”
For more information, visit www.trugreen.com.
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