horticulture departmen, landscape, South Dakota, farm management, home management
Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Practically all South Dakota home grounds could be improved by plantings. Too commonly they have the appearance of neglect. Attempts to improve their appearance have failed so often that the owners have become discouraged and given up. This may have resulted from unadapted planting stock, or lack of proper planting methods.
Our innate love of beauty causes us to be dissatisfied with bare surroundings. The beautification of urban and rural landscapes creates a more satisfactory environment, makes for a contented people, and invites outsiders as well as ourselves to share our contentment and happiness.
The principles of lawn beautification here outlined are generally applicable to parks and other landscapes as well.
Beautiful home surroundings are an important goal of every family. Bare yards can be made attractive by the use of a few shrubs, trees and flowers. Careful planning is needed. Four essentials of attractive home grounds are:
1. Neat grounds with buildings well placed and painted.
2. A well-kept open lawn, forming a suitable setting for the dwelling.
3. Trees located to frame the house and furnish shade.
4. Attractive shrubs and flowers tastefully located about house foundation and lawn borders.
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Rockwell, Frank I., "Attractive Farm Homes" (1944). SDSU Extension Circulars. 410.