With the prices of supplies and services going higher each day, it is more important than ever to learn how to save money wherever you can. One way to keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket is to save more money by educating yourself on lawn mowing and mower maintenance procedures.
Maintaining your yard yourself can provide great personal satisfaction as well as saving you a lot of money. One resident of Croydon in the United Kingdom was given a court order, forcing her to have her yard cleaned up within 14 days after she had neglected mowing the lawn for more than 10 years. The grass had grown to a height of over 2 1/2 feet and had become a haven for rats, cockroaches and other vermin. Estimates obtained from local contractors by the city council stated that the cleanup would cost anywhere from $1,400 to $4,000 dollars. Not mowing your lawn can result in a number of problems including:
- A safety hazard to yourself or others.
- Possible law suits from injuries that happen on your property as a result of the negligence.
- Damage to sidewalks from improperly maintained lawns.
- Damage to the lawn itself by not giving it the attention it needs to thrive.
- Decrease in the value of your home from a lack of curb appeal.
- Devaluation of your home price during an assessment.
- Damage to other plants and flowers within your yard.
- Health risks to yourself and neighbors from disease carrying vermin who make the yard their home.
- Damage to water pipes or sewer systems that run through your yard.
- Damage to the foundation of your home from roots digging into the foundation and causing cracks.
Learning how to maintain your lawn mower equipment and mowing your own lawn does not require a lot of money or a big investment. There are many websites online that can help you learn the basics of lawn maintenance and how to take care of your mower for free. There are also several free classes given by your local home improvement centers on how to maintain a healthy lawn and lawn equipment. For a small investment of your time, you can not only save money and keep neighbors from harassing you about your yard, but you can actually increase the value of your home as well as having your neighbors envy you and your lawn maintenance skills. You might even turn your new talents into a part time business when your neighbors ask you to help them maintain their own lawn equipment.
There are a number of lawn maintenance tools that can help you to keep your yard looking great and make you the envy of the neighborhood. Lawn care tools can include electric or gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers, electric and gas-powered lawn trimmers, lawn spreaders, aerators and more.
Proper maintenance of your lawn tools is not much more than cleaning the blades and equipment of any grass cuttings and preventing the grass clippings from piling up on the equipment. Costs that would be incured for the maintenance of the equipment would involve gasoline to run the equipment and oil to lubricate the parts. Every few months, depending on usage, you will need to replace the spark plug in your mower to keep it starting and running properly as well as replacing the trimmer line in your lawn trimmer. Many lawn trimmers come with pre-packed spools that make replacing the spool very easy. Learning how to safely and properly use your lawn maintenance tools will keep them running for a long time and cut down on the expense associated with maintaining them.
Investing a little time and effort into learning about how to maintain your lawn and lawn equipment will provide you with the ability to save a lot of money in having someone else maintain your yard and equipment for you and will give you the satisfaction of knowing you can do it yourself. The first time you have someone come and ask you how you keep your lawn looking so good, you will be glad you took the time to educate yourself on lawn mowing and mower maintenance.
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