We're almost six months into our do-it-yourself experiment in lawn care. Oh, not the mowing, edging and trimming part...that's always been in our personal job jars. I'm talking about the fertilizing and pesticiding part. When the bill arrived for service for 2012, we said no thanks, we'll do it ourselves. And we have...quite successfully, I might add.
Our decision was motivated in part by how mediocre the yard has looked the last few years. It's not that we were expecting the lawn to be the envy of the neighborhood; we just didn't want bare patches and weeds. Sadder still, we were paying a lot of money for it to look like that too.
Not this year though. The grass is lusher and fuller than it's been in years. And while it could be that the top dressing we did last year is finally paying off or the fact that it has rained almost every day is responsible, it just might be the sweet nothings I'm whispering to the blades as I walk up and down the lawn pushing the fertilizer spreader. My rows may not be straight and even like the lawn professionals but by golly, my end result is better...lots of green grass.
And cheaper too. We're on track to spend less than half what would would have paid if we'd renewed the contract again. Of course, we're not paying ourselves for our time either but it doesn't take all that long to spread a few bags of fertilizer.
Ever week when we finish mowing, I'll say to Wayne Gosh, the yard sure looks good. I've done it so much that before I can get the words out of my mouth now, he'll say I know, the yard sure looks good. No matter who's saying it, it's still true. We've got grass...and I love it.