Time is money. We've all heard that old adage. It stands true in most instances. Is it true for you, when we talk about lawn care? If you're located in Johnson City or anywhere in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee, let New Hope Aquascapes and Landscaping help you decide if your time is more important than your money when it comes to maintaining your lawn.
The real costs of lawn care
When weighing the time versus the money of lawn care, doing it yourself may seem like just spending a couple of hours each week—and eliminating the expense of hiring someone to do it. Determining the true cost of lawn care is not so simple. Here are some of the factors you should consider:
- Your income: How much money could you be making if you weren't doing yard work? Do you lose hours of work or could you be spending that time mowing your yard creating new sources of income?
2. Equipment: How much will you spend on lawnmowers, weedeaters, and trimmers in a lifetime? You'll also have to pay for the gas and oil to keep those machines running or, if they're electric, account for the extra usage on your power bill. Do you own a blade sharpener, or will you have to pay someone else to do that? What about maintenance costs? How many other lawn care tools will you need?
- Medical bills: Have you ever hurt yourself, even in a minor way, while doing yard work? What if it was a serious injury? What if someone you loved was injured? What would an injury cost you—not just financially, but in terms of lost work time, as well as pain and suffering?
Here are the facts about lawn care.
Maybe those questions have too many variables for you to make a decision. If you need hard facts versus personal questions, New Hope Aquascapes and Landscapes has some interesting data for you to consider.
Most people who take care of their own lawns spend 1,248 days mowing grass lawn. That is 3 1/2 years of your life.
Equipment costs for various to start mowing your own grass break down as follows: $1500 for a new riding mower, $150 for a weedeater, $100 for a leaf blower. That's easily a start-up cost of $1750.
Thousands of people are taken to the emergency room each year due to accidents while maintaining their own lawns. There are 69 Americans killed, on average, each year in lawnmower accidents, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Serious injuries are far more common. A Public Health Report study found that more than 50,000 people were injured mowing their lawns, with nearly one-fourth of those injuries resulting in the loss of a body part.
Average lawn care in the U.S. costs $45 per quarter acre. At that cost for about 30 cuts per year, the average homeowner would spend $1350 on lawn care in a year—and that's just for a small yard. That's $400 less than do-it-yourself start-up costs alone, not including maintenance of equipment or later purchasing needs.
Lawn maintenance in Kingsport
New Hope Aquascapes and Landscaping offers a variety of services to meet all your lawn care needs. Don’t let common misconceptions about lawn care costs stop you from saving yourself time and money in the long run. We provide free estimates, we require no contracts, and we can customize a plan to fit your budget. Let our trained professional staff help you if you live in Jonesborough, Johnson City, or anywhere in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee. Contact New Hope Aquascapes and Lawnscapes to schedule your first free consultation at (833) LAWN-411, (423) 367-1214 or contact us online.