How much should I expect to pay for lawn care?

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  1. MBony

    MBony Platinum Member

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    I have a front yard which is ~800sq. ft. and got a mailer from TruGreen for lawn service. They offer a $24.95 first spring treatment. My question is how many of these treatments are they hoping to get out of me? Anyone use these guys? If so, opinions?

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  2. xanis

    xanis Lifer

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    Just do it yourself. Get a cheap lawnmower at Home Depot, some fertilizer and weed killer.
     
  3. BlueWeasel

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    We use a local landscaping company that does our front yard. I'm not sure the measured size (I have an irregular shaped front yard), but they do 7 treatments per year x $27 each. My sister-in-law and father-in-law use the same service and their yards look excellent.

    Results aren't immediate, though...expect for it to take several months.
     
  4. Squisher

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    That's pretty small to get a lawn service.

    For the cost of a couple of treatments you could buy a broadcast spreader and enough fertilizer for the first year.
     
  5. HN

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    i wish my grass was emo so it would cut itself.
     
  6. Aquaman

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    do it yourself :) Great exercise :)

    Cheers,
    Aquaman
     
  7. HeroOfPellinor

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    I mow and maintain 3,000 square feet of lawn in our front and back yards no problem myself. Half hour of mowing every 1-2 weeks. Another half hour of trimming once a month. Buy a seed dispenser or fertilize/weed kill in fall and spring. Good exercise and fun.
     
  8. Phlargo

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    Self-propelled lawn mower FTW.
     
  9. JLGatsby

    JLGatsby Banned

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    Only a fool mows their own lawn.

    Takes me 3 hours to mow my lawn (even though it's only 1/5th an acre).

    That's 3 hours a week I'll never get back. Plus the time it takes for me to "dress up" in work clothing, and then shower and clean up afterward.

    "Every hour I save, is an hour added to my life."
    --Ayn Rand
     
  10. imported_Mike

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    Then you have a sh!tty mower. I used to mow the lawn at my parents house in an hour. It was about an acre and I didn't have a riding lawn mower.
     
  11. chambersc

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    whoever thought of that is a genious.
     
  12. Howard

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    Dress up in work clothing? So you dress up in business casual, or formal attire when bumming around the house?
     
  13. HeroOfPellinor

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    Do you have one leg?
     
  14. JLGatsby

    JLGatsby Banned

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    I got one of those lawnmowers where the backwheels spin automatically so you don't have to push it but I bag it. Mulching is for the "lower" classes.

    And then in the middle of the summer, you're out there and it's 95 or 100 degrees, you're sweating, the gasoline is making you dizzy, the vibration of the lawnmower numbs your hands and makes blisters, you get sunburned, and people stare at you because they think you're mowing your lawn yourself because you're having financial problems.

    It's just not worth it.
     
  15. JLGatsby

    JLGatsby Banned

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    Yes. I don't own a pair of jeans and always wear kahkis and a polo shirt (summer) and wool or cashmere sweater (winter).

    I am never not wearing a collared shirt or sweater.
     
  16. Eli

    Eli Super Moderator<br>Elite Member
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    OMFG

    BWHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHA

    That was awesome.
     
  17. TripleAAA

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    I just started paying $25/month for a dude to come out and mow and edge my lawn once every two weeks. Hasn't yet started so don't know how good he is.

    As for the fertilizer/seeding, I'm out of this house soon so it will be up to the next owner.
     
  18. dainthomas

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    What kind of man doesn't mow his own yard?
     
  19. HeroOfPellinor

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    You sound like a strapping young stud.
     
  20. waggy

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    yeah do it yourself.

    I have ~3 acres. i been doing it with a self-propeled walk behind. but i have decided i will buy a rider this spring. Bu
     
  21. imported_Mike

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    hahaha, where do you live where people think you have financial problems if you mow your own lawn?

    I had to do it while growing up, it was one of my "chores". That hour includes bagging. When you mow a near acre, you have to unload that crap plenty of times.

    3 hours for 1/5 of an acre with an automatic mower seems impossible to me. Did you take a break to go watch TV? :D
     
  22. Ronstang

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    No, you sound like a pussy with a completely whacked out ego. People think you have finacial problems if you cut your own lawn? I would rather not contribute to illegall Mexican labor myself. I enjoy yardwork. I don't consider it work. It is relaxing to me and I get it done exactly the way I want it. It doesn't take that long each week and I use the money I save for something better. If I am busy and don't have time to cut my lawn then I pay the next door neighbor kid to do it for me.
     
  23. PhoenixOrion

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    Self-propelled by 13-year old son or wife....I like that idea.

     
  24. PhoenixOrion

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    But then again you have to look at it that some people here highly consider their time is big money. For example, if you make $70 per hour then it would make sense to hire somebody (or next door kid) and pay them $20 to mow the entire front and backyard. That I can understand.

     
  25. imported_Mike

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    Yea....but we're talking about JLGatsby here....come on. ;)