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Curb Appeal - The Psychology of Lush Green Lands

Curb Appeal is Real
 We are still drawn to fertile, lush lands to inhabit

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.


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Article by Rick Orr
APL Lawn Spraying Inc.

Rick Orr is the creator of, an Agronomist and the Owner/Operator of APL Lawn Spraying. Rick is a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology). He has been a Golf Course Superintendent, Certified Arborist, Landscape Contractor, Irrigation Contractor and Adjunct Professor for Environmental Horticulture.

Rick is an expert at growing St Augustine turf. Since 1995, Rick has spent his time researching, developing and testing the best management practices for St Augustine turf grown in Pinellas County.

The results of that work is a one of the top rated lawn spray companies in Pinellas County – APL Lawn Spraying. APL Lawn Spraying is a family owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL.

APL Lawn Spraying provides lawn spraying to commercial properties, HOA’s and single family homes. To request a free quote for your property, click here: Free Advice or Price Quote

Speaking Engagments - Does it seem like you are only hearing one side of water restrictions, fertilizer bans, plant restrictions and many other urban landscape hot topics? Rick Orr is available for speaking engagements for your HOA, Community or Professional Association or Garden Club about a variety of subjects. Call or email for more information.

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