1. The first lawn mower was invented by an Englishman, Edwin Beard Budding. Patented in 1830, Budding originally got the idea from watching a cutting cylinder at a local cloth mill. It was nearly 10 years later until a working machine would be produced.
2. The average American spends 4 hours per week tending to their lawn. That totals an average of 208 hours per year, or over a week!
3. Powered lawn mowers cause roughly 70,000 injuries every year, so be sure to take the necessary precautions when operating a lawn mower.
4. United States' homeowners spend approximately $40 billion dollars annually on lawn care, more than anywhere else in the world.
5. One out of every five homeowners rely on a lawn care professional to take care of their lawn care and landscaping needs.
6. Of the roughly 50 million acres of grass in the United States, roughly 21 million of those acres are private lawns.
7. In excess of 80 million pounds of pesticides and 70 million pounds of chemical fertilizer are applied to grass in the United States per year.
8. A 50 ft. x 50 ft. lawn can release enough oxygen in a day to support the needs of one person. Thank you grass!
9. There is a museum dedicated to the lawn mower - the British Lawnmower Museum, in Merseyside, Great Britain.
10. The average size of a home lawn is 1/4 of an acre.
11. Approximately 85 million households in the U.S. have private lawns.
12. $5,250,000,000 is spent yearly on fossil fuel-derived fertilizers for U.S. lawns.
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