The economic impact and perceived environmental effect of home lawns in Minnesota

Mary H Meyer, B. K. Behe, J. Heilig

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Six hundred homeowners, equally divided among rural, suburban, and urban areas in Minnesota responded toa 1999 phone survey on their lawn size, maintenance practices, and the perceived environmental impact of their lawns. The average lawn size was estimated to be 0.62 acres (0.25 ha), with an estimated 872,660 total acres (353,427 ha) in home lawns in Minnesota. Annual spending on lawn care per home was about $200, with an estimated $150 million spent annually in Minnesota. Participants reported low maintenance practices and pesticide use. A majority thought fertilizers and pesticides were harmful to the environment and public health. Respondents felt strongly that the government has a right to regulate fertilizers and pesticides in public park and lawn areas, but were divided with regard to the appropriateness of regulation on private property. Many (78.9%) disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that their lawn was harmful to the environment. Most (60%) felt their lawn could have an effect on the environment and 71% felt they personally could make a difference in the environment by how they maintained their lawn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-590
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001


  • Consumer
  • Home lawn size
  • Lawn care
  • Pesticide use
  • Turfgrass


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