- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: April 12, 2007
A $30 billion industry that didn't exist fifty years ago? No, not personal computers, lawn care. Get to the root of America's obsession in the latest episode from THE HISTORY CHANNEL.
- The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence.
- For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life.
- THE HISTORY CHANNEL® has actually made it fun to watch grass grow!
Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS® tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.
Of course, there will always be majestic purple mountains and amber waves of grain, but since WWII nothing has defined the American landscape like a green, lush, well-manicured lawn. In fact, turf grass is the 21st century's number one crop. An astounding $30 billion a year is spent on lawn care. That's a lot of green for the green.
In this cutting episode, THE HISTORY CHANNEL® gets to the root of America's obsession with its yards. Discover the amazing innovations and techniques that allow a coarse prairie plant to be bred, clipped, sprayed, massaged, nourished and groomed into a perfect velvety, verdant outdoor carpet.
In this hour, you'll visit the classified research greenhouse facility at The Scotts Company to learn how grass seed is bred for special characteristics. Then head to the Toro Company, a big name in lawnmowers. Next discover the latest in lawn-quenching: The Rain Bird Company's automatic sprinkler systems. And check out the operation at The Davey Company, which specializes in moving trees in excess of one million pounds. Finally, cool off with California Waterscapes and watch as a crew installs the perfect complement to a putting-green lawn, a waterfall and koi pond.
Press your green thumb on the PLAY button and enjoy this DVD of MODERN MARVELS: YARD TECH.