Lawns to Envy
Lawns to Envy
As Floridians, we’re used to being envied by others for many reasons: We get to enjoy the sunshine almost every day, we never have to shovel snow, and we’re surrounded by beaches as well as some of the world’s best theme parks. Sure, we have brief moments when we envy our northern neighbors, like when we see pictures of pristine white snow during the holidays. Then we remember that we have pristine white-sanded beaches to go to and the green-eyed monster disappears. At Challenger Irrigation, there are a few things that we do envy, and they are the famous lawns of the world. Our Spring Hill turf may be lush and green, but very few places can compare to these lawns:
- The White House Lawn
Much as we would love to care for this 18-acre beauty, the White House lawn is cared for by the National Parks Services. Home of the famous Rose Garden, Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden, and the annual Easter Egg Roll, the White House lawn has been with the presidency since the days of John Adams.
Home of the world’s oldest tennis tournament, the Wimbledon courts are 100 percent rye grass. As the only Grand Slam to be played on grass courts (vs. clay), the Wimbledon lawn must be cared for year-round and cut to a precise 8 millimeters during the event each summer.
- Central Park’s Great Lawn
The Great Lawn didn’t used to be so great. In fact, during the Great Depression, it hosted the Hoovervilles (shanty towns) that housed Americans who were displaced by financial ruin. Grass wasn’t planted until 1937; since then, the Great Lawn has been a favorite of both locals and tourists alike. Because the grass is dormant and cannot survive damage caused by thousands trekking its grounds, the Great Lawn is only open from mid-April to mid-November.
- Garden of Versailles
This French masterpiece took 40 years to complete; soil had to be dug up for fountains, then relocated to create parterres (ornamental gardens that surround walking paths), then trees were brought in from different regions of France. If you think your water bill is high during the summer, imagine irrigating 800 hectares of land!
Whether your lawn is elaborate like the ones above or a modest Hernando County yard, Challenger Irrigation is here to help. We have over 25 years of experience providing unparallelled care for residents of Spring Hill, Brooksville, and the surrounding areas.