Thursday, May 4, 2017

An Outlook on Outdoor Expenses

It is true that your money and your time  follows your heart. And it seems that the absence of sun in the winter, really does make the heart grow fonder for when spring time hits.

Between watering your landscape/gardens, maintaining aesthetics, and planting new blooms, keeping up with our outdoor wants and needs can be both time consuming and expensive! Given that there is around 41 million acres of lawn to maintain in the United States alone, it is estimated that the average American spends about 2 hours per day keeping up with their outdoor tasks.  That's 14 hours per week! Those hours do not include our active hours and leisure time in the outdoors, so it can be assumed that more than 20 hours of our week is spent outside.

Money aside, we can still say that our yards are a major investment for us based on time alone. But speaking of money, just how much does the average American spend on outdoor grooming and upkeep? In the year 2015 alone, the people of the United States cohesively spent roughly $30 billion on lawn care. That's a lot of green! On a normal summer day, the average lawn needs 125 gallons of water to be factored into your monthly water bill. It is also estimated that the average homeowner spends between $100 and $500 dollars to fertilize their lawns per year. Other factors to consider include tools such as: lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers (or a lawn service company) to keep those yards maintained and groomed. So before we can even get to accessories such as flowers, gardening, and landscape, we are opening our wallets pretty far just to preserve our grass. And what is the average dollar amount spent on planting and gardening per household? A booming $350 dollars; but a separate wave of plant spending is factored in for Mother's Day. Seems as though Mother's Day can also be used to celebrate Mother Earth!

Whether it be that we feel as though our gardens/yards are an expression of ourselves, we enjoying hosting, or we feel that we are increasing home value by creating beautiful greenery, it is safe to say that our country and its inhabitants truly values the investment of home lawn care.  America the beautiful, indeed!

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