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Old 05-22-2017, 08:49 AM
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I've been mowing my own lawn with a riding mower for about 2 years now. I usually enjoy it, but I've been so busy lately its getting tricky to do regularly so I'm thinking about hiring a crew. I live on about an acre and with all the cutting, edging and trimming it takes me almost 3 hours. and 3 gals of gas probably. So every month I'm spending almost 10 hours plus 10 gals of gas ($22).

I can have a crew do my property for about $100 a month. Since I'm saving $22 on gas its really costing me $78. Which is like $7.80hr were I to do it myself.. PLUS I'm not beating up my mower anymore and can sell it for top dollar before it breaks, needs oil change, blades, tires, etc.

I'm a frugal guys, but I'm sure if I had an extra 10 hours a month to myself I could use that time to make much more than $78 by selling on ebay or maybe starting my own side business or something.

Is anyone else being frugal by spending money so they can use the time to make more money?
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:06 AM
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In your situation, I'd probably pay someone to do my lawn care. That's a lot of time I'd rather have for other activities....even if not necessarily making money.

My yard is about 1/3 acre, and a DIY not to be frugal, but because I believe I can do a better job if I manage it myself.
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:03 AM
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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That's a very good price.

I was paying, I think, $30/visit for a 3/4 acre lot nearly 20 years ago.

Today we're on 0.8 acre lot and got a quote of $200/mo. I thought that was pretty reasonable, including mowing edging, leaf blowing, and trimming bushes. We still do it ourself, but it is a lot of time.
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Old 05-23-2017, 05:23 AM
Location: HoCo, MD
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If I'm saving 3hrs /mow. I'd do it. I have a 1/4 acre lawn that takes me just over an hour to mow/trim/blow.

I was quoted a weekly rate of $25 (so about $100 a month). But there was no flexibility in terms of shifting schedules. Typically, mowing is required more than once a week during the growing season (spring/early summer). In the heat of the summer, it's more like every other week.

So I would end up paying extra in the spring, and paying for weeks that aren't needed in the summer.
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Old 05-23-2017, 05:28 AM
Location: Brackenwood
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$100/mo for a one-acre property? Unless it's literally just an open one-acre field, that sounds suspiciously low. Is this a crew of high school kids or something? If it were me, at that price I'd ask for the addresses of other properties they take care of and go give them a look to see what kind of job they're doing. If those places look up to snuff, then go for it because I doubt you'll get anyone else to go any lower.
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:31 AM
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by ericp501 View Post
I live on about an acre ... it takes me almost 3 hours.
EVERY time you mow? You're either very slow or fastidious.

If fastidious you probably won't be happy with the services.
Maybe hire them for the mowing and then YOU do the small tedious work when convenient for you.
Or you can show your wife how to run the lawn tractor.
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Old 05-23-2017, 12:24 PM
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It was probably $100/visit not per month. That is too low. Unless maybe are they only mowing once or twice a month at that rate?
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Old 05-23-2017, 12:31 PM
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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I pay 30 a month per month for one visit. My lawn is the average sized lawn in the suburbs. Is that too much?
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Old 05-23-2017, 02:09 PM
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We had an acre at our last house that we sold four years ago. We hired the crew when we moved. It was $75 each time the crew mowed. They mowed and edged. My husband did it for a while, but there went Saturday even with a riding lawnmower. The lawn crews have the zero turn mowers that are much faster. Here it is $28 to mow and edge about 1/5 of an acre. They are done in less than 20minutes. We can spend our time doing things we enjoy.
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:36 PM
Location: Vancouver, Wa. The beautiful Pacific Northwest
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We live on a average size residential lot, back yard is landscaped with trees, bushes, flowers. Front yard is grass, trees, and scrubs, we pay $100 a month includes all maintenance, never have to worry about a thing and we have the best looking yard on the street. It's totally worth it
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