If Google search activity is any sort of yardstick, residents of the St. Louis, MO, metro area really cared about lawn care last year.

A LawnStarter review of Google Trends data found that people in the St. Louis area searched for the term “lawn care” more than residents of any other metro area did in 2015.

Google Trends analyzes a percentage of all searches for a term like “lawn care” within the same time and location parameters, and then assigns a search score (1 through 100) to a geographic region. In 2015, the St. Louis area hit the highest number on the Google Trends scale — 100 — for the term “lawn care.” That far outdistanced the second-place region on the list: the Google-combined Florida metro areas of Tampa-St. Petersburg and Sarasota, which collectively scored an 83.

For a detailed explanation of how Google Trends works, visit https://goo.gl/M7QJxw.

‘Perfect Storm’ for St. Louis

Nathan Brandt, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension in the St. Louis area, attributes the local spike in Google searches for lawn care to “some pretty intense” issues with lawn disease following Tropical Storm Bill, whose remnants dumped heavy rain on the region in June 2015.

“Ugly brown patches were showing up in just about every lawn. The storm was literally a ‘perfect storm’ for this disease, which is called ‘brown patch’,” Brandt says.

Tropical Storm Bill

In June 2015, the St. Louis area received a deluge of rain thanks to Tropical Storm Bill.

Brandt thinks last year’s bump in search traffic related to lawn care in the St. Louis area was a one-time occurrence. He bases that assessment on the number of visits to his Facebook page during the week that Tropical Storm Bill struck.

“I’ve never had more than a few hundred people reached by my Facebook posts, but that week’s post on ‘brown patch’ hit about 7,000,” Brandt says.

Here is our list of the top nine metro areas for “lawn care” search activity on Google in 2015.

1. St. Louis, MO
Google Trends Score: 100

st-louis-skyline

Flickr/Robb Ebright

2. TampaSt. Petersburg/Sarasota, FL*
Google Trends Score: 83

st. petersburg

Flickr/City of St. Pete

3. Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne, FL**
Google Trends Score: 78

Orlando FL

Flickr/Matthew Paulson

4. Detroit, MI
Google Trends Score: 75

Detroit MI

Flickr/Mike Fritcher

5. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Google Trends Score: 72

Minneapolis cherry

Flickr/Amy Meredith

6. Atlanta, GA
Google Trends Score: 65

Atlanta GA

Flickr/UGArdener

7. Philadelphia, PA
Google Score: 57

Philadelphia

Flickr/IceNineJon

8 (tie). Chicago, IL
Google Score: 55

Chicago

Flickr/John Barentine

8 (tie). Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Google Score: 55

Fort Worth

Flickr/Steven Martin

*Tampa-St. Petersburg and Sarasota, FL, are separate metro areas that were grouped in search results by Google Trends.

**Orlando, Daytona Beach and Melbourne, FL, are separate metro areas that were grouped in search results by Google Trends.

Top photo: Flickr/Izee

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