How to Decide if You Should Mow or Hire a Service
When you buy your first home, all things maintenance are exciting: pruning your bushes, weeding the flower beds, and mowing your own yard. As time goes on and your time becomes more valuable, chances are that these tasks will become less and less exciting. The mower breaks down, your kids have events you want to watch, and after a hard week of work, you want to put your feet up and relax.
Many people will start to ponder: should I continue to mow my own yard, or should I hire a pro? If you’re wondering if mowing your own yard is worth it, here are 5 things to consider when making this choice.
DIY Lawn Care vs. Hiring a Service: 5 Important Factors to Consider
Studies show that many Americans value a well-kept landscape and yard, while at the same time value quality time with family and friends. These two values conflict with one another and leave people wondering if they should hire a lawn service. Read on for 5 important points to ponder as you make this decision.
1. Do you have the time?
Think about your schedule: your job, your activities, your family. Do you have the time needed to mow your lawn and do landscape maintenance to the standard you desire, or would you rather get that time “back” to spend with friends or have quality time with your family?
2. Is there a big cost difference between doing it myself and hiring someone?
Although at first glance it seems like DIY is cheaper, that is not necessarily true. People forget to factor in the cost of equipment and maintenance when making their decision. A riding lawn mower can cost you $1500, a weed eater about $100, and a leaf blower $150. To maintain your equipment, an annual riding mower tune-up will run around $150, plus another $40 to sharpen and balance the blades. If you need repairs the annual costs go up even more. As you can see, the numbers go up fast, and the cost benefit of mowing your own yard gets smaller and smaller.
3. Do you have the space to store all the equipment?
If you don’t have a shed for lawn equipment, do you have the extra room in your garage?
4. Do you value a well-maintained look for your yard?
Professional lawn services will only use the sharpest blades and will set the mower at the right height for your grass variety, adjusting mower height based on the time of year and temperature. They know when to apply fertilizer and weed killer, and will have less need for it as they will be keeping your grass healthier which reduces weeds and drought.
5. Do you need help with other parts of your landscape?
Many lawn services offer additional lawn and landscape services.
Whether you do it yourself or hire a pro, making a well thought out decision by considering the above factors will help you balance your yard maintenance with your enjoyment of life. An attractive landscape and well-maintained yard increases your home value and provides a welcoming space where you can enjoy time with family and friends. For a business, a well-maintained landscape around your building fosters a positive first impression to customers and the surrounding community.
If you would like the services of a yard professional to maintain your lawn and landscape, give the lawn experts at Cornerstone Landscaping a call at 662-501-0181 to schedule a free consultation with our team. We will sit down with you to discuss how we can best service your lawn and landscaping needs.