Curb Appeal - The Psychology of Lush Green Lands


By Rick Orr 10/15/2019
Shady St Augustine lawns in a neighborhood
People are Instinctively Attracted to Lush Green Neighborhoods

Curb Appeal is not a Recent Phenomenon

Throughout history, humans were naturally drawn to lush green lands. Ancient man, without any education or training, instinctively knew that green, lush areas were fertile and fertile areas were a place a human could thrive. If the land could support abundant plant life, it could provide vegetables, fruits, honey, wild game, forage, and shelter. And lush green areas have plenty of water or they would be deserts.

Curb Appeal is Still Relevant

Whether from evolution or design, modern humans still relate lush green spaces with good health, abundance and comfort. Lush green areas are inviting and welcoming. People do not fear lush green lands, they are drawn to lush green lands.

Curb Appeal means Better Living

Curb appeal is more than a parlor trick or optical illusion – it is reality. Plants – trees, shrubs and ground covers and especially turf are biological filters around the home. Trees and palms help break fierce winds, intercept driving rains and filter the air. Shrubs are shorter versions of the tree. Turf is the supreme filter plant around the home, enzymatically digesting (often called composting) dust, pollen, pollution, animal waste, and minerals into plant food absorbed by the roots of all plants. A recent study by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection revealed that whatever lands on a lawn stays on the lawn and is composted, recycled and reused by all plants. All that remains is water and carbon dioxide.

Curb appeal is a call to the basic instincts of survival and is good for all of us and good for the environment.

Rick Orr Owner-Operator APL Pest Control/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
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Rick Orr is the creator of, Owner/Operator of APL Pest Control, and a graduate of VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology).  

Since 1980, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts, and large communities. Rick has obtained certifications for arboriculture, landscape contractor, irrigation contractor, and taught Environmental Horticulture at St Petersburg College.  

Rick lives and works in Pinellas County.

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