Important Dates in Lawn Care
Important Date #1
In 1830 an English engineer by the name of Edwin Budding was granted the patent for the first "reel type" lawn mower. Then in 1868 an American named Amariah M. Hills received a patent for the reel lawn mower in the United States. The first American made lawn mower was named the "Hills Archimedean" lawn mower.
Important Date #2
In 1871, the first lawn sprinkler was patented. J. Lessler of Buffalo, New York received the first patent. Many lawn sprinklers were invented earlier, but in 1871 the first patent was issued.
Important Date #3
In 1919, the first gasoline powered lawn mowers were manufactured in the United States by Colonel Edwin George.
Important Date #4
In 1929, the first patent in the United States for a power rotary mower was issued to Benjamin F. Gravely.
Important Date #5
In 1992, the US Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) was founded. The USLMRA is the oldest and largest national lawn mower racing sanctioning body in the United States.
Important Date #6
In 1997, Ryan Tripp (a 12 year old boy), set a world record by riding a lawn mower 3,116 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah to Washington D.C. Ryan's purpose for this incredible endeavor was to raise money for a baby in his hometown that needed a liver transplant. Ryan raised $15,000.
Important Date #7
In 1999, Ryan did it again. He set out to mow the lawn of every state capital in the United States in 75 days. Ryan accomplished his goal while promoting awareness of organ and tissue donation.