Last year I paid a man to cut our grass every week or at least bi-weekly. He charged me $15 per cut and did a good job. This year I decided to save the money and cut the grass ourselves. The dilemma was we don’t have any lawn maintenance equipment, specifically a lawn mower.
Thankfully, my grandmother had an old lawn mower she wasn’t using and said we could borrow it for the summer. Yeah!
Unfortunately, after years of little to no use, it has needed a lot of work. A handyman friend has spent countless hours here replacing parts, band-aiding issues and helping us with workarounds. It worked for a few weeks. My only cost…gas.
That lawnmower is still sitting here, but won’t crank at all.
Then, my uncle brought me an old lawnmower from our old lake house. This lawnmower is probably 20 plus years old. He changed the oil and sharpened the blade before bringing it over.
It ran well for several weeks too. And then the cord you pull broke. An easy fix, if you can find the part to fix it. And since it’s so old, haven’t had any luck yet.
The Rains Came
Then it started raining here. And rained and rained and rained.
Our grass is now two feet tall. And I have no way to cut it.
What to Do
The man who has been helping me fix and maintain the lawn mowers for the last couple of months graciously loaned me a mower today. I had hoped to get the lawn cut before the rain begins again.
Gymnast cut the bulk of the front yard and then this mower died too. Do you think it’s me?
I must now figure out what to do. We still have 3-4 months of regular lawn care to do. Here are my options and the associated costs, what is your advice?
- Pay someone to cut the grass. I’m not sure I can get it for $15 per cut again, but think I could get it for $25 or so or $100 per month.
- Continue to band aid the lawn mowers I have and limp through. I haven’t had to put any money into them thusfar, but now I will need too. Hopefully with just a small investment I could get one or both of them running for the duration of the season.
- Buy a mower. I have found a cordless electric mower for $115 with a needed $20 add on piece to make it a mulching mower. (I have researched gas vs electric mowers, and I think electric is the way to go for our small yard, less maintenance and ease of use.
If I can get my friend’s help, I think I’m leaning toward Option 2. It seems the most economical. And if I can get and keep the two mowers running…it seems the best option. The issue has been the headache of getting and keeping them running.