The Role of Lawns in Landscaping

In addition to increasing property value and helping combat global warming, lawns are also appreciated for their indisputable role in landscaping. Just like trees, shrubs and perennials, a lawn has certain functions and there are good reasons for its excellent reputation as ground cover.

Many attempts have been made to find plants that could replace it, but without success. Grass is recognized primarily for its ease of maintenance and durability. Able to withstand drought (in the sense that it quickly revives as soon as better weather comes), road salt, and heavy pedestrian traffic, grass fulfills its coverage function without ever complaining. It is also appreciated for its uniformity, which allows other landscape features to be highlighted.

And in fact, appreciating a landscape requires taking the time to stop for peaceful contemplation, which is what our famous green carpet gives you the opportunity to do. A lawn is very useful for defining spaces between tended flowerbeds. Like the effect of a carpet in a lounge, a lawn highlights its surroundings. It unassumingly lets the show take centre stage. It links the various elements of a landscape, directing the eye to what there is to see.

In a back yard, the lawn becomes a traffic area. Environmentally more beneficial than concreted or paved paths, you can walk on it, play on it, meet friends on it without adding to impermeable surfaces. And still, it stays green.

As landscaping, a lawn also helps create enchanting views. In the spring, the new tender shoots of grass are a perfect canvas for crocuses, narcissi and other springtime bulbs. Plants with purple or yellow foliage benefit from the contrast provided by a lawn. Borders and paths are highlighted by their contrast with this popular grassy carpet.

The constantly evolving lawn

The lawns we cultivate these days have changed a lot over the last 100 years. Massive effort has gone into creating lawn varieties that are even more drought-resistant, able to grow in shade or withstand disease and insects.

A lawn adds undeniable benefit to the general attractiveness of a property, which is borne out in Quebec by the fact that lawns cover a third of the area of fields devoted to horticultural production. 

 

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Resources:

Anonymous. Lawn and turf benefits. Landscapeontario.com – Green for Life. Consulté en ligne.

Bormann, F. Herbert, Balmori, Diana and Geballe, Gordon T. 2001. Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony. Yale University Press. 178 pages.

Teyssot, G. 1999. The American Lawn. Princeton Architectural Press. 203 pages.

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation (MAPAQ) and Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ). 2014. Profil sectoriel de l'industrie horticole au Québec - Édition 2014. 110 pages.

 

 

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