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It’s interesting to see how things have changed over the years. Take phones, for example. What was once a device only used by a select number of people to make calls is now basically a small computer that nearly everyone has.

Similarly, landscaping and lawn care have come a long way. But how did it start, exactly? What led to the different changes that brought us to where we are today? Let’s take a look.

How Landscaping Began 

Landscaping actually has ancient origins, dating back to civilizations like the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Since gardens were adored by these cultures—and a symbol of wealth and power—it was only naturally that meticulous planning and design began to be involved with them. While tools were rudimentary, it began the trend of transforming landscapes.

The Renaissance Impact

Landscaping took a leap forward during the Renaissance period. Due to an increased interest in nature and similar aesthetics, gardens began to get bigger and more ornate. The concept of the “parterre de broderie” emerged, introducing intricate patterns created with carefully trimmed hedges and topiaries. While it was still a lot of work to transform these outdoor spaces, it laid the groundwork for future advancements.

The Birth of Lawn Culture

Lawn culture began to make an appearance in the 17th and 18th century in Europe. English landscape designers like Capability Brown pushed the trend from gardens to more naturalistic landscapes. These were also symbols of status and prestige. This period is also when tools began to get more advanced, with scythes, shears and similar tools being prevalent. But this equipment would soon see significant changes in the near future.

Industrial Revolution and Mechanization

The 19th century is when the mechanization revolution occurred and had a big impact on agriculture and landscaping. We saw the birth of the lawn mower—a game-changer for maintaining vast expanses of grass efficiently—and equipment started featuring steam power and gasoline power. This is also the time when landscaping went from a luxury for the elite to a more accessible practice for the general public.

Modern Landscaping and Outdoor Power Equipment

In the 20th century, landscaping became an integral part of residential and commercial spaces. The development of outdoor power equipment continues to improve efficiency and accessibility, with more improved lawn mowers, weed trimmers, leaf blowers and similar tools becoming available to a broader audience. Today, Classic Turf Equipment is proud to be at the forefront of the latest and best outdoor power equipment you’ll find on the market.

From ancient gardens to the modern landscapes we enjoy today, the evolution of landscaping has been shaped by both artistic expression and technological advancements. Classic Turf Equipment continues this legacy and would love to help you do the same.