When you finally get something you’ve wanted, you tend to appreciate it more than if you always had it. That’s how my husband and I feel about our lawn. We came from a concrete jungle and longed for the summer days where we could enjoy outdoor relaxation, a nice patio set to dine on, and lush green grass surrounding us. We finally got that wish, and last year was our first summer spent with a backyard. Watching our girls play together surrounded by greenery is the #1 reason we made the move to a more suburban location. My husband, who has never planted anything in his life, has quickly embraced his green thumb and can even be a little obsessive over his grass. After all, who wants to be surrounded by dry, straw-looking brown grass anyway?
So, everyday over the summer (except for wet days) you can catch my husband outside tending to his grass. No, he won’t set up automatic sprinklers because he needs to make sure every inch of his grass is watered. If brown spots start occurring, then he is back out there with a bag of seeds. There is no coming between a man and his lawn, apparently. I can’t really blame him. TruGreen has found that people are generally happier when spending time outdoors. A third of homeowners enjoy spending time outdoors when their surroundings are greener, or have an attractive yard. Perhaps my husband knew this all along and just wanted to set the stage for his growing family, especially when three out of five of Americans agree that their yard is their favorite place at home to spend quality time with family.
What I’ve noticed since being surrounded by more greenery is that the time we spend outdoors is family time. The girls open their minds with pretend play, and even get along better. The electronics are nowhere to be found, and everyone takes part keeping the yard beautiful.
From now until May 1, 2015, TruGreen is running their Yardleys’ Sweepstakes where one Grand Prize winner will receive everything they need to make the perfect outdoor space:
• $3,000 Gift Card to purchase outdoor furniture
• 1 year of TruGreen Service
• Outdoor movie theater including a movie projector and screen
Enter to win the TruGreen Yardleys’ Sweepstakes.