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Main reason for yard is still relaxation


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It would seen obvious what a yard at a home is used for. Many people love their yards and tend to them regularly, while others hate the fact the grass needs to be mowed, watering must be tended to and weeds need to be removed. Often these people aspire to live in housing in which they either don't have a yard or someone else takes care of it for them.

Some laugh and say that is what kids are for.

It may seem odd to a lot of people, but there are entities out there that want to know what people do with their yards, to their yards and what they use the yards for.

According to recent surveys conducted by Harris Interactive, Americans with a yard will be looking forward to three activities in their yards in 2013: relaxing, planting, and spending time with family.

The first study, conducted in December 2012 among more than 2,800 U.S. adults on behalf of PLANET, the national trade association of landscape industry professionals, finds that yard ownership is highly prevalent (88 percent) among Americans. In fact, 81 percent of those with a yard/landscape say the upkeep of their yard/landscape is important to the look of their home.

When asked what the yard is commonly used for, most say relaxing (26 percent), followed by planting flowers/vegetables (17 percent) and spending time with family (14 percent). 

Not surprisingly, those with children under 18 in the household are more likely to view the yard as a place where the whole family can interact, and where kids can play.

"We're glad to see that Americans are taking pride in their well-kept landscapes and find them important areas for relaxation and quality time with family," says PLANET CEO, Sabeena Hickman.

The first survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of PLANET from December 11-13, 2012, among 2,893 adults ages 18 and older.

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