Americans Celebrate Their Love of Backyards During April, National Lawn Care Month

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PLANET, the national association for landscape professionals, offers expert tips on spring lawn care.

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The majority of Americans say that their yard is important to them. A recent U.S. Poll conducted by Harris Interactive for PLANET, found that 81 percent of those with a yard/landscape say the upkeep of their yard/landscape is important to the look of their home. Why is it so important? Showing pride was the No. 1 response (42 percent of those surveyed) followed by the desire to create a relaxing outdoor space (16 percent).

“Spring is a great time to channel the excitement about getting outside in the yard into working to lay the foundation for a healthy lawn that the family can enjoy all season,” said Norman Goldenberg, Landscape Industry Certified, president of PLANET.

PLANET, the national trade association for landscape professionals, offers homeowners tips for getting a great start on caring for yards this spring.

  •     Test your soil. Test your soil once every few years to make sure it has the proper pH balance and mix of nutrients. You can usually get your soil tested at your states local agricultural extension office, or ask your lawn care or landscape professional. You can also buy soil test kits at garden centers.
  •     Fertilize, but test first. The decision about whether or not to fertilize should be based on the nutrition requirements of your plant as well as soil conditions. First, determine your soil nutrient needs through testing, and if your soil does need nutrients, make sure you choose a fertilizer that matches those needs. Also make sure you fertilize at the right time of the year for your variety of grass. Contrary to popular belief, not all grasses should be fertilized in the spring. A few cool-season grass varieties do better when fertilized in the fall. June is also a good time to fertilize many cool-season grasses. Before fertilizing your lawn or plants, always check with the local agricultural extension office. Some state and local governments place limits on when, what kind, and what amount of fertilizer you can apply. Professional, licensed lawn care companies must follow state, local, and federal regulations.
  •     Give your lawn mower a check up. Make sure the blades are sharp and the oil has been changed. Also, drain last seasons fuel and use fresh gas. Read the operator’s manual for your mower. Make sure you understand all of its safety features prior to use.
  •     Don’t cut your grass too short, particularly for cool season grass. Taller grass results in a deeper root system and a lawn that is less likely to encourage invasive weeds. It also protects your lawn from scorching.

Homeowners can consult with a lawn care professional to put together a program that ensures their lawns will be healthy and beautiful throughout the year. Click here to search a national database of professional lawn care and landscape industry companies.

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About the Survey Conducted by Harris Interactive
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of PLANET December 11-13, 2012, among 2,893 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Lisa Schaumann at lisaschaumann(at)landcarenetwork(dot)org.

PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at

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