It’s that time of year again. The grass is growing and your lawn is demanding that it be cared for. Are you like most people who believe that mowing their own yard and handling their general lawn care needs themselves will save you a lot of money at the end of the day? Well several recent studies show that you may want to reconsider that viewpoint.
How much time do you spend taking care of and mowing your lawn? The average American who mows their own grass will mow around 30 times per year. You may be under the impression that doing this will save you a lot of money but the truth is that most people don’t think about all of the various costs that go into properly caring for your lawn.
The average gas powered riding lawn mower cost between $1500-$3000 and requires a pretty substantially sized space to store it. Then you’ll need a weed-eater (gas powered units are between $150-$300), an edger ($100-$200) and a blower ($90-$300) to ensure that you keep your lawn looking as manicured and nice as possible. Of course the costs do not end here. You’ll be regularly paying out for routine maintenance, fuel, parts and repairs on your equipment.
It is commonly believed that having a professional lawn care service care for your yard is costly and is a luxury only for those with disposable income. The truth is however that everyone can afford to have lawn care experts handle their yard work without spending much more than they would if they purchased the equipment and took the chore on for themselves.
A recent study found that an average homeowner/renter who assume she the responsibility of cutting their own lawn spends around 1,250 days (3.5 years) mowing throughout their life. Whether you live in Oklahoma City, OK or Los Angeles, this is a huge amount of time spent doing something that simply put, isn’t saving you much money.
According to these figures, the average person who mows their own lawn throughout their life will spend nearly 30,000 hours doing so. Research says that it generally takes a person about 10,000 hours to completely master a skill or trade. This is important to take into consideration, as this illustrates the additional costs associated with not deciding to have a professional mow and maintain your lawn.
Another important factor in this debate is the dangers that are associated with lawn care equipment. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that 80,000 people per year have to be taken to an emergency room to be treated for injuries they sustained while operating this kind of equipment. Lawn mower blades spin at over 200mph, making them among the most dangerous items found in a household.
Finally, one of the most important points to consider is the professionalism and peace of mind that comes with using an experienced lawn care service. When using a truly professional company you can rest easy knowing that they are using the best equipment available and in conjunction with their years of training and experience, they guarantee that your yard looks it’s very best at all times. There’s no need to worry about the times when you get busy and don’t have time to mow your lawn. You can put it out of your mind because you know that it is taken care of.
We hope this information was useful to you and your decision whether to have a professional service care for your yard or not. We encourage you to run the numbers yourself and determine if it’s worth all the hassle involved with mowing your own grass. As one of Oklahoma City’s top professional lawn care companies we would be happy to discuss any questions you may have. You may be surprised by just how affordable it is to let the experts handle your lawn. Call us anytime!