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Homeowners: DIY Lawn Care or Landscaping Service?

Homeownership is a multi-faceted undertaking. When you close on your home, you’re not just becoming a proud homeowner; you’re becoming a design specialist, a gardening guru, and a repair pro as you navigate the waters of home improvement and maintenance. You’re also probably learning which projects are best left to the professionals, and which ones are accessible enough for a weekend warrior to knock out.

At first glance, regular lawn mowing is a simple enough chore for most homeowners to take care of, but quality, long-term lawn maintenance may wind up costing more than you expected in time and money. There are advantages and disadvantages to both DIY landscaping and hiring a team. Here’s our simple breakdown:

Saving Time: Hire a Team

One of the biggest benefits of hiring a professional landscaping team is in time savings. Obviously, having a team to regularly cut your grass gives you back the hour-plus you’d have spent mowing every week. Not to mention, your landscaping team has already gone through all the training they need to get the job done right; have them take care of your lawn and you won’t have to spend the time watching YouTube videos and researching.

Saving Money: It’s a Toss-Up

There are expected expenses whether you go the DIY route or hire a landscaping team. On one hand, you will need to spend some money to grow your supply of lawn care equipment. If you waste your money on cheap, low-quality machinery, there’s a good chance that you’ll spend more money to correct mistakes in the long run.

On the other hand, professional landscaping does come with its own price tag. While a monthly mowing contract can be an affordable expense, hiring an under-qualified team with a low fee can leave you with significant repair costs for any damages.

It’s up to you to find the happy medium when it comes to your budget. If you do decide to hire a professional, choose a company that comes with recommendations; ask your neighbors about their landscapers and observe their work the next time they stop by. If you DIY it, look for a quality mower that will last you several years to come, like ECHO mowers.

Quality Results: Hire a Team, or Practice Your Craft

For the most part, hiring a landscaping team will give you the best results and the most beautiful lawn. After all, this is the profession they trained for! Additionally, professional landscapers have access to professional tools, giving them all the horsepower and high tech they need to give you clean edges and even blades of grass.

However, you might find that you enjoy taking care of your lawn and turn it into a hobby! If you’re a DIY enthusiast and love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with witnessing the verdant glory of a lawn that you cared for, we say go for it. “Practice makes perfect” definitely applies to lawn care, and before you know it, you’ll have the greenest grass on the block.

Gator’s Got the Mower Parts You Need

Whether you’re a homeowner or a landscaping professional, Gator Mower Parts in Longwood has the parts and services you need to keep your mower running smoothly. Give us a call at 407-260-1292 to learn more about what we can do for you.


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