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Interesting Facts About Lawn Care

May 3, 2016

Some interesting facts about America’s favorite pastime—lawn care. (And when you’re done with reading this, get out there and start mowing.)
Interesting Lawn Care Facts

  • An average lawn has six grass plants per square inch. That’s 850 per square foot— which can contain as many as 3,000 individual blades of grass.
  • There are 50 million lawn mowers in use in the U.S.
  • The first lawn-care book: The art of beautifying suburban home grounds (1870)The Art of Beautifying Suburban Home Grounds, published in 1870.
  • About 65% of all water used in American households goes to watering lawns. (In summer, that’s about 238 gallons per person per day.)
  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as much as 5% of all polluting exhaust in urban areas is from lawn mowers.
  • The average lawn absorbs water six times more effectively than a wheat field.
  • You can get a degree in lawn maintenance from Penn State University (but they call it “Turf Grass Science”).
  • The most popular lawn ornament: pink flamingo lawn ornamentsthe pink flamingo (250,000 are sold every year).


  • There are about 40 million acres of lawn in the United States—three times the acreage planted with irrigated corn.
  • AstroTurf was patented in 1967. It was originally named Chemgrass.
  • A lawn absorbs 10 times more water on a hot day than it does on a cloudy day.
  • A 150-pound man can burn 380 calories in a half hour of mowing with a push-mower.
  • Before mowers were invented, lawns were cut with scythes (or sheep).

  • The average lawn grows at a rate of about three inches per month.
  • A recent study found that about 65,000 people per year are hospitalized with lawnmowing- related injuries.

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