Unless you live on a hundred acre farm (okay, maybe one acre is a lot, too!), it doesn’t have to cost a lot to maintain a lush, green lawn. The frugal trader over at Million Dollar Journey offered some real tips on how much it would cost to maintain the lawn yourself rather than hiring a landscaper,
Here are some of the costs of the materials from the local hardware store (like Home Depot). Note that the materials are for a standard 50×100 city lot (in NL).
- Lime: $5.99 per bag x 4 (2 applications, 2 bags per application) = $24
- Fertilizer: $16 per application/bag (3 applications) = $48
- Aeration: I own a 2 prong aeration tool, and only used in compacted soil areas: $20
- Spreader: $35
- Total: $127 first year, $72 per season after.
When he compared the price of a landscaper who charged about $400 per season, the $127 total price is pretty tempting.