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Landscaping services and lawn mowing services are in a symbiotic relationship in terms of providing services for you. Or, you might even say, a synergistic relationship, where the combined effect of landscaping and lawn mowing services is more significant together than each of these services performed separately. Anyway, whether it is symbiosis or synergism, they work together. Or as Heinrich Anton de Bary put it in 1879, symbiosis is the living together of dissimilar organisms, or as applied in this case, the working together of two, unlike services. Or, you can also call it mutualism, to go even further.





Symbiosis and its Forms


Symbiosis refers to a close biological interaction between two different species or organisms (each called a symbiont), which may last for a long period of time. There are three types of symbiosis, namely, mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism.




Mutualism (first used in 1876 by Pierre-Joseph van Beneden in his book, Animal Parasites and Messmates, is a type of symbiosis manifested by all living organisms, including microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. In this type of ecological interaction, both organisms benefit from no harm done whatsoever to the host and the symbiont. Common examples of mutualism occur in the pollination of flowering plants by insects or other animals, scattering of seeds by animals, and corals with zooxanthellae. It also describes that occurring between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and leguminous plants, and the rumen bacteria that live in the digestive tract of cows that help digest the plants the cow has ingested.




Like the term mutualism, commensalism was also coined in 1876 by Belgian paleontologist and zoologist Pierre-Joseph van Beneden. He originally applied the word to describe carcass-eating animals’ activity (like golden jackals) that followed predators (tigers usually) to eat what remains of their prey after consumption. It is derived from the Latin word commensalis, which means “sharing a table.”


In this interaction between two living organisms, one organism benefits from the other without harming it. A commensal species benefits from another species by obtaining locomotion or transport, food (as in cattle egrets riding atop water buffalos and eating insects stirred up by them while grazing), shelter (tree frogs in tree leaves), or support from the host species.




Parasitism is a symbiotic relationship often equated with intestinal helminths (hookworms, tapeworms) and protozoans, which depend upon the human gut for their existence. They will not complete their life cycle or thrive without the host species. They are eventually causing their host to weaken and even die from nutrient deprivation. Other parasites include protozoans that cause amebic dysentery, malaria, sleeping sickness, or fungus causing ringworm infections. It is more of a consumer-resource interaction.




Be Mutualists with Lawn Care Near Me


It is just as well that in landscaping and lawn care services, many ecological interactions that can be observed or practiced are inclined more on the mutualistic side. Their hardworking lawn care technicians can provide a floral landscape that attracts more bees and butterflies, which aid in the dispersal and propagation of vascular plants. Their relationship with their clients is in their mutual interests. They provide you a stress-relieving landscape that can foster happiness and wellbeing in your family. In contrast, you provide them a means to continue their ecological work while supporting their families.


If and only if, more of symbiosis, leaning more towards mutualism and commensalism, prevail in our landscape, there would be less effort and energy expenditure to attain environmental stability. It would be the call that highly-industrialized nations have to respond to, wouldn’t you agree?