Lawn Care: Should You Try to Handle it Yourself?

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Lawn Care: Should You Try to Handle it Yourself? | The Experienced GardenerLawn care is an aspect of homeownership that many people attempt to handle on their own. But, if it was a simple task then every lawn you see would look great. The fact is lawn care is a little more complicated than making sure you water the lawn on a regular basis. If you are thinking about going the DIY route for your lawn care there are a few questions you should ask.

  • Do you have the necessary knowledge?

Lawn care is much more than simply mowing your lawn on a regular schedule. In order to have a healthy and good looking lawn you have to perform other tasks as well. Tasks such as aeration, fertilization, and pest control are also important to the overall wellbeing of your yard. There are multiple varieties of grass all of which have specific needs. The area in which you live will impact when you need to complete each of these tasks. For example, the type of fertilizer you use and the timing in which you use it is dictated by the climate in your area. If you want to handle your lawn care it is important that you educate yourself on the specifics of caring for your lawn. Do you have the necessary knowledge to handle your lawn care? If not, do you have the time and motivation to acquire that knowledge?

Do you have the necessary equipment?

There are a few pieces of equipment that you will need in order to properly handle your lawn care. Some type of lawn mower, push or riding depending on your situation, is important because mowing keeps your yard looking well maintained. In addition, you will need equipment to help you fertilize and aerate your lawn. If you have a large lawn the cost to acquire the proper equipment may be significant. Do you have the necessary equipment to do your own lawn care? If not, do you have the financial resources to purchase the necessary equipment?

  • Do you have the necessary time?

You may have both the knowledge and equipment you need to do your own lawn care. The next question is do you have the necessary time? Cultivating and maintaining a lawn can be a time consuming task. During the growing season you will need to cut, fertilize, and aerate you lawn on a schedule that promotes growth. You may also need to treat your lawn for pests, disease, or rodents to protect it from the damage these things cause. In order to properly care for your lawn it will require you to devote some of your time. Do you currently have the necessary time to handle your own lawn care? If not, can you make changes in your schedule to keep up with your lawn care schedule?  

If you are lacking the knowledge, equipment, and/or time to take care of your lawn you have the option of bringing in professional help. A professional lawn care company can do complete lawn care for you or fill in the gaps on the tasks you are unable to get done.

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Topics: Lawn Aeration