Why lawn care is like working your muscles

By Allyn Paul, filed under Life & Lawns.



It’s a new year, and with that new year, I have made the resolution in my mind to lose a little weight. You guys may not know this, but us lawn guys gain weight during the winter slow season. Anyway, I started doing some different exercises utilizing kettle bells. In addition, I adjusted my nutrient intake (eating) and am making sure to stay well hydrated so my organs function properly.

Your lawn needs to workout, too!

Any of this sound familiar to you? Well, for me, all I can see are parallels to my work in lawn care. Let’s look at some of them.




  1. If you think about working out your muscles, you need to put some pressure or stress on them in order for them to grow. The same goes for the lawn. Pressure, when kept in check, is good for the lawn. Just cutting the lawn puts a bit of stress on it, even if you cut your grass properly. But we know this is a good stress because it stimulates growth both on top and in the root zone, making the lawn thicker just like your muscles.
  2. We feed our bodies healthy nutrients, and the same goes for the grass. If you put solid-quality, slow-releasing nutrients on your lawn in the right proportions and at the right time, your lawn will respond and stay vigorous for the long haul.
  3. Water is the staple of life. You need proper water intake in your body so your liver functions properly. The same goes for the lawn. If you keep it properly irrigated, you will find that everything else will just work out.

So you see that working out and staying healthy is very much the same whether you’re talking about your lawn or your body. Isn’t it great when people notice your hard work and say to you, “Hey man, nice grass?”

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