The real cost of doing it yourself

When is it time to call a professional lawn service?

I was talking to friends about lawn care.  They told me they spend way too much time taking care of their yard:  in the spring cleaning up their yard from the damage from the winter before, down branches, leaves, trash, and so much more.

During this time the home owner had to haul their mower to the repair shop for servicing (spark plug, air filter, oil change, blade sharpen & balanced) having this done in the spring took two plus weeks.

While at the repair shop they rented a de-thatcher to thatch their lawn.

Now it’s time for the mulch.  They go to home improvement store to buy 30 bags mulch, this takes 5 trips because only 6 bags fit in their car at one time.

All this running around, weeding, and mulching takes 2.5 full days.

During the summer they mow and weed whacking every Saturday morning from start to finish takes 2.5 hours.

In late August they rented a aerator, with going to rent it, aerate the lane and return it (6 hours).

In the fall comes leaf cleanup with bagging all the leaves the cost of all those leaf bags start adding up along with all the hours filling them.

With snow around the corner they have the snowblower picked up for a tune-up. Every time it snows having to get up two hours early to clear the driveway/cars so they can go to work then after work coming home to a driveway plowed in. Parking the car on the street hoping it won’t get hit. Walking through the snow to spend the next hour “playing in the snow”.

All of this was taking over their lives and the funny part of this is they sat down and did the math.
Time Cost
spring cleanup 6 hours
Mower tune-up 2 hours $75
de-thatcher rental 6 hours $50
Mulch/weeding 20 hours $90
Mowing 25 times 62.5 hours
Aerator rental 6 hours $50
Fall Cleanup 30 bags 8 hours $12
Tune-up snow blower 1 hour $75
snow blower picked up $50
10 storms per year 20 hours
10 gallons gas per year $30
Total 131.5 hours $432
After Looking at the paper I said “WOW, that’s 3 weeks of work” then they said “It was taking over our lives and we spent more time working on the yard then enjoying it” Once they know the true cost of doing it themselves they called me and found the value of saving time. If you need help with your lawn, call me!  Will’s home


One response to this post.

  1. Wow! Thank you! I continually needed to write on my website something like that. Can I include a portion of your post to my blog?


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