Ronald Strahan, Koske, Thomas J. | 6/3/2009 12:42:25 AM
Consumer Reports magazine released its second annual lawn care poll in the May issue. Results showed 43% of adults planned to spend more time in their yards this summer compared to last year. Only 5% plan on less. About 35% vow to put more effort into yard maintenance this year compared to last. Of that 35%, 59% say the extra effort is for entertaining guests and 33% just want their landscapes to look better.
Peter Sawchuk, project leader at CU, says average homeowners should be prepared to dedicate an average of 6½ hours per week to keep up a good yard. Knowing the best management practices (BMPs) will ensure a good payoff for this effort.
A figure of 36% of homeowners surveyed planned to use professional lawn care services for all or some of the work (22% maintenance, 18% fertilizing, 17% tree and shrub care and 17% seasonal yard clean up).
Other poll findings include:
For the AgCenter’s best management practices, see Publication 2940 Louisiana Lawns BMPs.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture