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Old 09-02-2015, 03:48 AM
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Getting tired of crappy landscaping workers. Spoke to owners several times.
Mow it myself at beach house ( wife helps). Now thinking of buying zero turn and mowing main house myself. Has 1.2 acres of grass. Have trimmer, blower and hedge clipper already. Last year spent $6000 for mowing and incidental trimming. Can get zero turn for $2500-$4000.
What do u guys think?
Old 09-02-2015, 03:55 AM
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Yep I do it all myself.
Recently I sanded painted patio furniture, stripped front rear porch stained and sealed, sanded primed painted front door, cleaned every house window/screens inside and out. I'm now on grinding out cracks on 3 car driveway pressure washing, bleaching, expansion joint,cracks (17-10 oz tubes to date) sealing, Sherwin Williams concrete sealing the whole drive. Im on my third day. the gargages are going to be a pill. Word is I have to sand concrete before adding any coatings.

After this is complete I will be redoing all front gardens and adding a yard garden. Raised concrete edging and adding tons of river rock. Im tired of mulch and weeds.
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You know as well as I that once you get into the mower store that its gonna cost ya 6K, thats a lot of years for the scape-rs to mow it for ya, price it out. I bought an Exmark zero turn and at first it was fun, not I cant stand the days that the lawn needs to be cut.
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Main house: push mow myself, wife does it occasionally for a workout. Not a large yard, less than 1/2 acre.

Been mowing my 50'x100' beach lot grass for 10 yrs. Every single time I went to the coast during grass growing season I had to drag out the mower and trimmer. It maybe took 30 minutes but I finally got fed up with it this yr. I hired the same crew that does my neighbors on either side. 2 mowings/maintenance per month, $70 per month. Best money I've spent in a long time. They do a better job than me and now instead of dragging a mower out I go straight to the fridge and pop a top. Life is good.
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A lot of variables.

You are in CT which is less work than FL. I live in an old subdivision and pay $110 a month for mowing and edging plus one hedge. I do the little stuff.

For $110 a month, it's just not worth doing it myself. In your case I probably would if you have the time.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
A lot of variables.

You are in CT which is less work than FL. I live in an old subdivision and pay $110 a month for mowing and edging plus one hedge. I do the little stuff.

For $110 a month, it's just not worth doing it myself. In your case I probably would if you have the time.
Yup thats true, if you get a mower dont cheep out. Scag, Exmark, Toro.
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I don't cut my grass because my storage space is at a premium, no where to store another machine.
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Anything I can do my, I do. Lawn mowing is easy, just takes time. I'm not impressed by the QC of the contractors I see working for my neighbors.
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Did my own for 21 of the 25 years i lived in my old house. I used to put a nice diagonal cut on the front lawn and spent many hours making it to my likng.

I got tired of wasting good fishing days behind my lawn mower and contracted it out and never looked back. They did a good job (albeit no diagonal cut). But my lawn still looked good and I got more fishing in. Win/win.
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I do it myself but don't water anymore. By August it is brown and only have to mow once a month. I am not spending hours of my play time and money to keep up with the Jones. My yard is neat and the house is painted and maintained nicely in the off season,I just choose to spent summers enjoying the weather. They get shorter every year
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Originally Posted by Hunky Dory View Post
I do it myself but don't water anymore. By August it is brown and only have to mow once a month. I am not spending hours of my play time and money to keep up with the Jones. My yard is neat and the house is painted and maintained nicely in the off season,I just choose to spent summers enjoying the weather. They get shorter every year
Actually, during the years we had watering restrictions I usually stopped cutting it, letting it get very long, it helps contain moisture, and when restrictions were lifted i would go back to my routine of regular mowing. I had been accused by more than one person of watering when I wasn't supposed to.
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I do not do my own yard work because of the heat. I went through 4 guys here and two at the lake house until I found someone who would do it right.
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Found a great guy to maintain our yard via craigslist. 1/3rd acre lot with house. He will mow edge and blow along with weed spray for $25/visit.

So in the summer that's $100/mo. Winter is maybe one visit per mo.
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No, I like to fish on my off time, not work in the yard.
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6K/yr for landscape maintenance

Yea, I'd do it myself. Hell, I don't think I spend $50/yr in gas doing mine.
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I am 56 and can proudly claim I have never owned a lawn mower. My current house sits on about an acre of land and there isn't a blade of grass on it.....the perfect home to own when retired. The last time I pushed a lawn mower was in 1981 when I cut my parents yard for the last time.
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Compare the value of your time to the cost of the job. If cash-flow is not an issue at that level, hire out the work and enjoy your time-off.

Drive around the area and see who is doing a nice job and contact them to do yours.
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Youre in CT so you only mow half the year with less than two acres and you spent $6k? Seriously? Thats ridiculous. Thats a grand a month. What do you have in your yard? The CT branch of the national garden? How much do you pay to have your car washed?
I had 4 acres of mowed yard before I moved to hell. Mow half one night after work, half the next. Come home weed eat around the house then grab a beer throw on the headphones connected to my sirius jump on the zero turn and chill. Next night weedeat the fence line and repeat. Take about two hours each night. Would mow about twice every three weeks maybe once a week depending on rainfall, spring and fall and every other week in summer. $6k will buy a nice mower, weedeater, edger, gas and beer for the first year. After that its just gas and beer money.
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We do our property all our selves. We have 2 mowers, I have the zero turn, the wife has the Craftsmen rider. We mow our 3.5 acres because it`s easier than trying to hire somebody else to do it without getting reamed for the bill.
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I decided a long time ago to never pay anyone to do something I can do myself. Over the years I found I can do just about anything. Have two cars I have owned for 19 years each and neither have seen a professional mechanic. Repairing cars, tractors, appliances, construction etc. can be done by most people. A lot of farmers still do it all. You have to be willing to learn, buy the proper tools, and expend the time and energy to get it done (in many cases it takes less time than going to and sitting in a service department). Yard work is a snap

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