Boost Your Curb Appeal by
Considering the Personality of Your Lawn

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

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.”

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