Land and garden trivia

From Briggs & Stratton come these interesting facts you may not know about mower maintenance, lawnmowers and turfgrass.

--Out of 102 million total households in the United States, 66 million own lawnmowers.

--Of the 66 million mower-owning households in the United States, approximately 40 million don't perform any maintenance on their machines.

--Regular mower maintenance can:

- Reduce emissions up to 50 percent

- Reduce fuel consumption up to 30 percent

- Restore horsepower up to 7.5 percent

- Extend equipment life

--There are more than 30 million mowable acres of lawn in the United States, an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania.

--The average person mows his/her lawn 30 times a season, which equals about three feet of turfgrass.

--Adults spend an average of 3.8 hours per week during the spring and summer working on the lawn and garden.

--A well-maintained lawn and landscape can add up to 15 percent to the value of a house.

--Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning; enough to cool 16 homes.

--Enough oxygen is released by 2,500 square feet of well-maintained turfgrass to meet the needs of a family of four; every day.

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