In our society, lawns have become so popular. It looks like they have been there for as long as the human history is. Yet their origin may not be as ancient as you think it is. The story of lawns only dated back to the medieval age.
1. At the beginning, lawns were meant for grazing
It is widely believed that at the beginning, lawns were grass spaces enclosed, separated from the fields, and dedicated to the communal grazing. The word lawn is from a Celtic word lan or llan or laun all of these words mean enclosure. Lawns then became popular in the North of Europe because the climate there was extremely suitable for the growth of lawns.
In 1830, the mowing machines were invented and most of the lawns are managed using them. Yet before the appearance of these machines, the management of lawns varied greatly from regions to regions, usually at the cost of a lot of labor. There were also maintained by the grazing of animals like sheep, rabbits or horses. The lawns continued to serve as grazing area for a long time. From 1700s onward, there were the first lawns that look like modern ones appearing in France and Britain, beginning with
2. How lawns get popular among the middle class
The mowing machines made a difference to the access of middle class people to lawns. Before this, the maintenance of lawn was extremely difficult and only the real upper class people can afford having lawns in their lands.
However, in 1830, Edwin Beard Budding invented the lawn mower to cut the grass. Then the lawn mowers were put into mass production. More and more people could then able to manage a lawn. Ten years after the appearance of the first lawn mower, it was improved non-stop and became practical. Middle class people began to grow lawns. Soon enough, lawns became unbelievably popular in the Great Britain. Middle class people were almost obsessed with lawns. They cultivate lawns tirelessly, especially the lawns dedicated to sports. Then a whole new market appeared in England. The tools and facilities for lawns were sold widely across the country. Lawns were developed into pitches, playing fields or grass courts for various types of sports.
Following the development of lawns, in the 20th century, the garden suburbs appeared and increased dramatically. Then, the love of lawns was spread to other countries in the Europe and to the United States also. In Europe, people had the tendency to include more plants into the lawn and cut down its size. As the result, smaller lawns became popular. Inside of these Europe style lawns, people grew flowers bed or perennial plants. Other features such as sculptures were also included. Together with this development, wealthy people started moving to the green suburb. The importance of lawn was then emphasized since they created a green space for people in the time of modernization. The lawn mowing machines and facilities have been improved greatly. Not to mention that the water supply has also got more and more convenient. Time after time, lawns have become an irreplaceable part of the modern life.