Trimming the Fat: Cut Yard Maintenance Costs by 70%!

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Trimming the Fat with the Lawn

trimming the fat

How am I trimming the fat? First off, I cut my own grass. Many of my neighbors aren’t willing to get out in the yard and sweat, but I am. I made a decision a long time ago that I actually like maintaining my yard. Yes, I have the money to hire a service. I just don’t know that they could satisfy me.  At one point in my life, I actually owned a fairly successful landscape maintenance and installation company. I have high standards and I love cutting grass that much. I love the smell of the freshly cut yard. I love the feeling of hosing off my legs, casting my shirt aside and jumping headlong into the pool to cool down. I love the fact of knowing that I accomplished something and, to be honest, it’s one of the few times in my day that I don’t have to worry about people bothering me. I can put on my headphones, crank up the mower and just get lost for an hour. All of these things are positives. However, the reason that I really love maintaining my own yard is because it saves me a several hundred dollars per year, which helps with trimming the fat!

Who Else Cuts Their Own Grass?

I am probably safe in assuming that many of you also cut your own grass to help with trimming the fat in your household. In the days of “deed restricted” sub-divisions, we have to take pride in our yards. If we don’t we get the dreaded “letter” from the Homeowners’ Association telling us we are poor neighbors and not in compliance. So, I think it’s safe to assume that many of us cut our own grass. However, the place where many people are willing to pay a service is for the chemical treatment of their yard. Many people think that you have to have special “training” to be able to apply fertilizer correctly. The fact of the matter is that you only need to know which bag of fertilizer to buy and dump into your spreader. Your spreader will do the rest of the work. If you push a lawnmower, you can push a broadcast spreader. To make this process easier for all of us, stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot merchandise their stores with the correct fertilizer at the right time of the year.

Trimming the Fat with Scotts

Trimming the Fat with a Scotts SpreaderThe Scotts fertilizer program is one of the most longstanding and widely used yard treatment programs out there. Each bag comes with a chart that will tell you exactly which product to buy for which time of year. They will also tell you what setting to use on your broadcast spreader so that you don’t over-treat your yard. In addition, they will tell you when you need to water as well as the optimal time for application of the fertilizer. Times have changed since I was a kid. Now they have insecticides and weed control built right into the fertilize! Not only can you control weeds before they appear, but you can also treat them after they appear. Insects like grubs and white moths can destroy a yard. With today’s products, you can effectively prevent them from coming into your yard altogether.

If I were to pay someone to come and treat my yard, it would cost me roughly $65.00 per month or $780.00 per year. I bought my spreader at a garage sale for $5.00. I can buy the bags of fertilizer (one bag will do the whole yard) for under $20.00 each. That equates to a savings of $540.00 per year or 70%! What could you do with an extra $540.00 per year? Some of you are already doing this. For that, you deserve a pat on the back. Others are hoping your wife won’t read this post. Regardless of where you sit on the issue, one thing is for sure: maintaining your own yard will score you savings of 70% or more and help with trimming the fat in a BIG way!



  1. 2 Acres, do it myself…love the time by myself with my headphones on too… Also…work at Home Depot in the Garden department. : ) This one…I got covered. : )

  2. My annual lawn maintenance budget is $10. And thats just to put oil and gas in the ol’ push mower. 🙂

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