Natural grass lawns require regular maintenance. Along with the time you must commit to its care, you must also be prepared to pay for the tools and chemicals you will need in the process. To maintain natural grass properly, you must be able to dedicate a good portion of time and money to its care. The larger the lawn the higher its overall cost. Although there are things that can a homeowner can do to reduce the cost, it will still to continue to add up over time.
The Cost of Water
In drought stricken areas like California, the cost of water usage can be overly expensive. Not only does the homeowner have to pay for the water itself, they also have to pay hefty fines of up to $50 per infraction if they are caught using water unnecessarily. Repeated offenses will result in higher fines. An average 800 square foot lawn will use over 150,000 gallons of water every year. The cost of the water is staggering when the total numbers are added together for every year the homeowner maintained the property. Considering water is extremely important, not just because of the drought conditions in certain areas, but because of its importance to the environment.
The High Price of Chemicals
There are many chemicals that also have to be figured into the mix when it comes to lawn care maintenance. Fertilizer, weed killer, pesticides and gasoline are all used in the upkeep of the lawn. While gasoline is not necessarily used to maintain the grass itself, it is required if you want the mower and trimmers to be able to function and perform their tasks correctly. The cost of fertilizer, weed killer and pesticides will remain fairly constant. Gasoline, however, will fluctuate according to the price of other oil products across the country.
Maintaining the Equipment
Not only must equipment be purchased to maintatn the property, the machines themselves will require some form of upkeep. Changing the oil, sharpening the blades and making sure the gas tanks are full are part of the maintenance process. To make sure the equipment continues to run efficiently, it is a good idea to have each piece serviced on a yearly basis. This will prevent break downs and will ensure that each piece is replaced when it begins to show sufficient wear and tear. Homeowners often perform the yearly maintenance checks on their own, but even that can be costly if something is missed or the wrong type of part is used to replace an original. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when it comes to servicing and repairing any lawn equipment you may own.
While most people only think of the monetary cost, it is important to remember that the amount of time you spend on taking care of your property is also valuable. If you take the amount of money you receive per hour at your regular job and apply it to the hours you spend maintaining your lawn, you will get a new appreciation of what it actually costs to keep your natural grass looking its best. For example, if you get paid $15 per hour at your job and you spend five hours each week maintaining your lawn, that is $75 of work you put in every week.
The size of the lawn will determine the actual cost of maintenance and upkeep. Keep a list of all of the expenditures you have each week and keep a running total. This will help you find an average of what you spend each week on lawn maintenance. Maintain a yearly record and you will be surprised at how much money you spend on a regular basis.