Why “Feed the Lawn”? Exploring the Influences on Residential Turf Grass Fertilization in the Minneapolis−Saint Paul Metropolitan Area

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Abstract

We contribute to scholarly understanding of lawn fertilization behavior by formulating and testing models of fertilization and fertilization frequency that incorporate a wide range of human and structural influences. Specifically, we explore the impact of (a) structural/environmental aspects, (b) sociodemographics, and (c) attitudes and beliefs (informal norms, knowledge, environmental concerns, yard motivations, perceived ability regarding fertilization practices). We use survey data from a sample of 942 residents within the Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area. Our results indicate that fertilization is not driven by one overriding factor but by a combination of factors. Specifically, we show significant effects from a range of structural aspects (lot size, location, use of a professional lawn service), sociodemographics (home value), norms (perceived neighbor effects), knowledge (perceived positive/negative aspects of fertilization), and perceived ability. We also explore the urban/suburban divide and show higher fertilization stemming from suburban households.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-183
Number of pages26
JournalEnvironment and Behavior
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 19 2015

Keywords

  • attitudes
  • behavior
  • fertilization
  • lawn care
  • norms
  • urban and suburban
  • yard management

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