Lawns have become an American status symbol, we all silently observe whether the grass has been cut, if it’s green or dying, or if there are weeds growing or not. Often times we can even form an opinion about a person we’ve never met completely based on the condition of their lawn. Have you ever wondered where this obsession with lawns came from and why we seem to care so much about our front lawns? At Sprinkler Master we found some interesting facts about the history of American lawns!
The first people to have “lawns” were the English and French. In the 1700’s many rich and high-class citizens started to have landscapers include nicely cut grass areas in their gardens. It was very difficult and expensive to maintain because the only way to cut your grass was with animals or servants with hand scythes.
Thomas Jefferson was one of the first people in America to take this European idea and try it in his own yard. A few other rich Americans followed but it was still very expensive to maintain and keep your grass looking nice. Because it cost so much to maintain a lawn, if someone had a nice lawn everyone knew they had money and were better off than most.
The first lawnmower was built in England around 1830 by Edwin Budding. Edwin had modified a carpet cutter and made adjustments so it could cut grass instead of carpet. The lawnmower developed over time from horse-drawn, to steam-powered, and eventually gas powered like we see today.
As lawn mowers developed they were easier to produce and cheaper to buy. As time went by, soon the common man could own a lawnmower and have their own lawn. Now everywhere we go almost every home has a lawn and you can even buy a robotic lawn mower that will mow your lawn for you!
While almost everyone may have a lawn, it’s still important to maintain your lawn. Having a nice lawn adds to the value of your home and makes your home more inviting. A good looking lawn is still seen today as a sign of a well put together life. At Sprinkler Master we want to help you have a great lawn! Contact your local Sprinkler Master to get your sprinklers repaired today!
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