Why You Need Lawn Service

Posted on April 15, 2012 with No Comments

In North American culture of the past fifty years or more, the stereotypical suburban home, with its driveway and garage, front porch, American flag on a pole, and pristine lawn, has been a representative image of the American family dream. This image usually came with a smiling family: a man in a suit to represent his prestigious employment and ability to raise enough money to support his family, a beautiful wife in an apron to symbolize her dedication to her family’s wellbeing and the care for her children, and a few healthy-looking youngsters, well-mannered and educated. Sometimes there was a station wagon in the driveway, sometimes the children were kneeling down to hug a Labrador or a Retriever. The image may have changed as time has passed. The man and woman may have switched places to emphasize gender equality. The car may be a mini-van. But the perfectly groomed lawn has remained an icon of the suburban life for decades, and this may not have been possible without lawn service.

Lawn service has its own place in the standard suburban experience. For many years, it was a rite of passage for children to get their first work experience, and first learn the value of money, by mowing lawns around their neighborhood. While, nowadays, most kids in their early teens are more likely to have their faces glued to the screen of a smart-phone, the need for skilled lawn service has continued.

Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefit of a well-kempt lawn, there are many good reasons for lawn to be trimmed. But the aesthetic reason is so predominant that it definitely warrants mentioning here. It is considered a social service in many places in the United States to keep one’s lawn well maintained. Part of this comes from the way many suburban neighborhoods are constructed. The way a lawn extends visually, from front porch to sidewalk, from sidewalk to curb, and then the opposite on the other side of the street, have the visual effect of making the lawn seem like a single entity. This visual effect is often interrupted by fences, rows of flowers, or hedges, but in areas where these are not an issue, an overgrown lawn can be an eyesore, interrupting the otherwise solid structure of grass. Another benefit of lawn service comes from the nature of many grasses themselves. When grass is allowed to grow upwards continuously, it can come at the cost of sideways expansion. Grass can become thin and lose its color. When cut often, many kinds of grass are encouraged to grow thicker and fuller, and this not only makes the lawn look better, but the thicker carpet of grass makes it harder for weeds, mosses, and fungi to take root. Furthermore, if the longer grass gets, the more times it will have to be gradually cut if its health is to be maintained. If it is cut too short, it can take time to recover, or even die, and this can require even more money and lawn service to fix. Finally, in many places, tall grass can be home to, or hunting grounds for, various kinds of unwanted visitor. Insects are drawn to tall grass, and even if the increased amount of ants, mosquitoes, or other insects isn’t sufficient deterrent, these insects can draw predators – spiders, snakes, rodents.

All in all, keeping your lawn cut and serviced is not only a good idea for your own benefit, but a community service.


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