The Pros and Cons of Being Your Own Landscaper

If you’re a homeowner, your lawn is likely a big source of stress for you and your family. If you’re like most people, you likely have no idea what to do with both your front and back lawns.

For those of you beginning the process of sprucing up your lawn, you’re likely mulling over two main choices: work on landscaping yourself or hire an outside company. For those of you still making your choice, you’re in luck! Take a glance at the pros and cons of being your own personal landscaper!

Pros

More control. It probably goes without saying that working on your yard yourself allows you more control over your project. You won’t be subject to anybody else’s schedule but yours, and you will be able to upgrade your lawn at your own pace.

Less expensive. This is more of a general statement, so take it with a grain of salt. Landscaping companies tend to be more expensive than if you were to just work on the yard yourself. If you’re looking to save money or only need to work on a small project, it may be better for you to be your own landscaper than to hire an outside company. Before making your final decision, take a look at your finances and see how much you’re able and willing to spend on your landscaping projects.

Avoid disruptions. A large crew working on your home may cause disruptions to your daily schedule. Being unable to access a certain part of your yard may prove to be a big inconvenience to not only you, but your family and even your pets as well. By doing the landscaping yourself, you’re likely to work on small areas of your yard at a time. This will minimize the disruption to your home and your schedule. Plus, you won’t have to feel obligated to stay at your home when the landscapers are there, either.

Cons

More room for errors. Let’s face it — landscapers like Ware Landscaping are professionals. Before working on your home, they’ve likely worked on hundreds of houses, so they have the technique down. As your own landscaper, you may make mistakes that cost you a significant amount of money in repair fees — maybe even more than the cost of the original landscaping company.

Slower. Again, landscapers are professionals and their years of experience have taught them how to turn even the worst lawns into the best lawns in the neighborhood in no time at all. When combined with work and family obligations, working on the lawn yourself may take you much more time than if you had just reached out to a landscaping company. For many people, paying the extra money for team to come in is worth it for how quickly they’ll get the lawn of their dreams.
Weather. Working outside may prove to be dangerous for some individuals, especially considering their own unique health conditions. Consider hiring outside work if working in the hot (or cold) may be dangerous for you and your health needs.

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America’s Heroes: Those who maintain parks

In terms of parks, I love them, and not just because Parks and Recreation is one of the best comedies ever, not just of our time.  There are countless parks of varying sizes and population of wild creatures all over these United States.  Thanks to President Theodore Roosevelt, the National Parks Service maintains all of America’s parks, both big and small.  However, when it comes to the smaller parks, it is mainly up to us, the people, to take care of them.  

This does not just include picking up litter and other forms of trash that the slobs of American leave seemingly everywhere.  And, don’t even get me started on people who throw stuff that can be recycled into the trash can when the recycle bin is literally just right there.  I mean, come on, it’s 2017 for the love of Pete.  

Groundskeepers maintain the parks, in terms of mowing the lawns and trimming the shrubs.  For big city parks, law enforcement officers may often be seen patrolling the parks’ grounds. In the case of private parks, owners may hire independent landscapers like those at Ware Landscaping

But, it’s not just employees of Uncle Sam that are allowed to help the parks continue to prosper and grow.  With the permission of the local government, people are allowed to plant plants, surely, in the park.  At the very least, people are allowed to enjoys the parks by playing competitive youth sports, like Saturday early morning soccer and baseball.  Little children play on the swing sets and the playscapes.  Young couples have romantic picnics in the parks.  

A lot of work goes into maintaining these parks, from private contractors to government employees.  Because we are encouraged to think of our parks, because they are our parks after all because we pay for them, as an extension of us, we should take care of them like we take care of ourselves.  

Parks are magical places where you can spend countless hours that seem to fly by in no time doing memorable activities like playing catch with your family, running around aimlessly and letting yourself flow around without a care in the world.  In fact, you can even venture so deep into a park that you would swear that you’re peacefully lost in the woods, not safe inside a wondrous park.  

Today, as more and more open space land becomes increasingly commercialized and bought by private developers who built condos and strip malls everywhere, it is important not just to show the Man that we, as human beings, not just Americans, still care about our parks, but that our planet requires at least some of its land not to be developed.  We must make that promise, both to ourselves and to Mother Earth, that we will take care of it in all the ways that we can and know how to do so.  

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