SOURCE: ScottsMiracle-Gro


May 06, 2016 16:05 ET

Green Thumb Culture Helps Environment, Health and Economy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 6, 2016) - This Mother's Day Weekend, homeowners will generate a projected $1.5 billion in retail sales at their local lawn and garden centers. A record number of the nation's favorite lawn and garden products will be sold this weekend.

America's homeowners are taking advantage of one of the busiest weekends for the lawn and garden activity to get ready for the growing season. While this weekend is a constant for gardening, the way Americans care for their lawns and gardens is changing and the effects can be seen in childhood health, the environment, the economy, and even in what we eat. The path to a healthier family and community is not in the palm of our hands, it's in our green thumbs.

There is no better example of this change than the GRO1000 program. The program is helping to transform local communities around the country with the creation of 1,000 community gardens that are helping to beautify and revitalize neighborhoods. Supported by ScottsMiracle-Gro®, the lessons being learned through the creation of these community gardens puts a spotlight on the new advances that are helping urban gardeners, homeowners, and community gardens transform how we are living. 

In addition to the environmental and aesthetic befits of a beautiful lawn and garden, recent studies have highlighted that children who spend regular time outside to play on their lawn build a stronger immune system, are better problem solvers and receive an abundance of vitamin D, which helps better mood, energy levels, memory and overall health.

Lawn and garden companies like ScottsMiracle-Gro serve nearly 50,000 U.S. retail stores with lawn and garden products to accommodate the demand of homeowners, urban gardeners, and community gardens.

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