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Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Oct 10, 2021 11:52 AM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Nicole [PA]) Oct 10, 2021 12:51 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Oct 10, 2021 12:56 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by MC [PA]) Oct 10, 2021 1:06 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Roy [AL]) Oct 10, 2021 1:45 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Jim [OH]) Oct 10, 2021 1:50 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Salernitana [CA]) Oct 10, 2021 2:02 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Vee [OH]) Oct 10, 2021 2:06 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Vee [OH]) Oct 10, 2021 2:09 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Oct 10, 2021 2:32 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Larry [MN]) Oct 10, 2021 2:42 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by 6x6 [TN]) Oct 10, 2021 3:36 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Robert J [CA]) Oct 10, 2021 3:36 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Oct 10, 2021 4:19 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Busy [WI]) Oct 10, 2021 4:31 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Pmh [TX]) Oct 10, 2021 4:47 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by small potatoes [NY]) Oct 10, 2021 5:02 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Busy [WI]) Oct 10, 2021 5:04 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by gevans [SC]) Oct 10, 2021 5:14 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Busy [WI]) Oct 10, 2021 5:26 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Oct 10, 2021 7:55 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Oct 11, 2021 10:56 AM
       Mowing & Divorce (by MAP [NY]) Oct 11, 2021 3:10 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Robin [WI]) Oct 11, 2021 3:37 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Robin [WI]) Oct 11, 2021 3:37 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Robin [WI]) Oct 11, 2021 3:37 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Wilma [PA]) Oct 11, 2021 4:56 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by Sandy [CO]) Oct 11, 2021 10:54 PM
       Mowing & Divorce (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Oct 12, 2021 12:35 AM
       Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Oct 12, 2021 8:40 AM
       Mowing & Divorce (by J [FL]) Oct 12, 2021 7:22 PM

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Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 11:52 AM
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DH and I are about to get a divorce over the guy who mows our lawns. No not what you're thinking LOL! DH thinks he mows far too often during the season (about 6 months here, and he mows every week on most of them, twice a month at a couple.) Mostly $40 per property, one is $60 (almost an acre.)

We only have the mowing done at multis - SFHs take care of their own yard, and honestly NONE of them look as good as the duplexes and quads LOL!

He said mowing less than once a week in yards with lush grass means they get too high, and he has to go over them twice so it isn't saving us any money and is hard on his equipment.

I talked to another guy, who quoted the higher price and up, and they also said it had to be once a week.

It drives DH crazy to see the lawns so well-manicured. Just a real fluke of his psyche, because I think it's nice to have nice-looking lawns!

He is saying next year he's buying a lawn mower and doing it all himself (no he isn't. He doesn't have the time or inclination, and is definitely not weed-whacking and other details at 6 properties on a regular basis.)

It's become a real point of contention though!

I might add the guy does more than mow our lawns: he has done grading and fill works and driveways for us at REALLY cheap prices compared to others who've quoted for those jobs. To give an example, one sinkhole area in one driveway, a concrete company located ACROSS THE STREET wanted thousands to fill it. He charged us $250 plus materials.

So what we pay in mowing is paid back in the occasional bigger job in my opinion.

Hive Mind Opinions? --50.82.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 12:51 PM
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sorry to hubby (I guess that is DH but I never was sure what that means) but they need once a week. Here, in the spring they really should be done twice a week but I don't pay for that. I tried the every two weeks on my two large open lots a few years ago. Your guy is right. It then needs to be gone over twice. One time or raising the blade still leaves a crappy looking yard. --98.237.xxx.xx




Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 12:56 PM
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DH means "Dear Husband" or DD is Dear Daughter, etc. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 1:06 PM
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Drives me nuts to pay for something like that. I had to do it remotely for a relative. I was there and they never touched the backyard. Grass did not need cut that much-I told them I would call when I need their services again. Yes, it looked nice but I really feel it could be every other week. They were n't happy when I made the decision but I wasn't happy with their services and the complaints I had from the relative. Someone else in the company had been doing it and when the son took over it was not the best job. --73.230.xxx.xx




Mowing & Divorce (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 1:45 PM
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WMH,

Assuming your hubby has a riding mower or a Zero turn mower, I would let him mow as much grass as he wants to. Many DIY type men get a certain 'pleasure' from mowing their lawn. It is a male ego thing. It is just the way we are wired.

--68.63.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Jim [OH]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 1:50 PM
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You're going about this all wrong. You sit down with your husband and ask him what else he's not doing that he has time for? He wants to take on extra yard care. Why stop there? The building windows need more frequent washing to maintain a high curb appeal. The gutters really need to be cleaned four times a year and not just once. Brainstorm a plethora of tasks. It won't be hard. He will soon realize he has awakened a chores dragon and is soon going to be sorry for mentioning the yard maintenance. Do this all with a straight face and pre thought out plan. He'll know you're serious. Hot potatoes won't get dropped as fast as the lawn maintenance issue.

My apologies to all the men here who don't want a guy like me sharing how to steer a conversation with a husband. --184.57.xxx.xx




Mowing & Divorce (by Salernitana [CA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 2:02 PM
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I agree with you about your current lawn service. It is a dream to have rain, large lots with green healthy lawns, and an extremely reasonably priced yard maintenance worker like yours.

I agree with Roy that it is an issue with ego or testosterone. In this situation. I liken the lawn care with a barbecue grill, your husband saying, "Oh, I can do what the the lawn guy does." You could show your DH examples and figures about maintaining the lawns, and I think that he will still adamantly profess that he is right.

I thought that "DH" meant "Darling Husband." --71.202.xx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 2:06 PM
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I hope he can do a little time study before he gets in too deep, I am mechanically inclined and work at 3 different farm an hour and half away from the city, I mow 11 places in 1 good day with a walk begind every 10 days - 2 weeks, weed trim every other month and use the mower to blow clipping back over the cut lawn, I sharpen every other month so sticks and stuff gets pulverized when I mow. So to recap every other month I plan a 2 day nice mowing and when I finish early I stop at a diner for a sandwich and milkshake treat. --76.188.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 2:09 PM
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Oh I was typing while Salernitana was typing about the bbq, with the ladies I date I only cook outside - they cook inside, Roy may do the same!?!... --76.188.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 2:32 PM
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Dear or Darling, same thing. Term of affection. Sometime it can mean "Da*m Husband" too.

We don't own a lawnmower. Every one we have ever owned has broken down and he doesn't know small engines. So time was lost and MUCH frustration was incurred and half the time, the lawn never got mowed.

That was when it was just OUR house! We never did mowing for the rentals as a result. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 2:42 PM
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You also have to consider the person doing the mowing is doing this as their primary source of income. Mowing weekly provides a consistent income stream. If you want good people to work for you to need to work with them. --174.53.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 3:36 PM
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That is a reasonable price compared to here.

It depends on the amount of rain, but your mower guy is right.

If your DH does decide to buy a mower a trimmer to do all of these yards, he is going to need to buy commercial equipment. Have you ever bought a commercial mower and trimmer? Get ready to spend a lot of money. However, they will last for years doing proper maintenance. Yep, more to store, insure, maintain, and something to haul it with.

Keep your mower guy. --73.120.xx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 3:36 PM
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A good female friend got married and purchased an electric lawn mower and a long cord. The husband was expected to mow their rental lawns and their home. Three lawn per week. On top of that the husband was expected to make the money to pay the bills working overtime and keep the wife happy.

So one day when I was over their new home replacing a garbage disposal, she unloaded all the short comings of her husband.

I said stop! Why are you sabotaging your relationship with your husband over yard work! You NEED your husband to MAKE YOU HAPPY, not cut your lawn. You can hire anyone to cut lawns but only your husband and do things to make you smile. She had said she wised she married me, I'm handy. I told her she could find a thousand handyman/contractors, but she has only one husband.

When they had twins, the she was so happy her DH didn't have to run to fix rental problems....she had guys on speed dial for that.

I personally have 7 gardeners to deal with ALL of my rentals. I give it free to my tenants a weekly yard service. I pay between $80 to $200 per month per property. --47.155.xx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 4:19 PM
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DH is an engineer by training and inclination - he is our problem-solver of all things rental renovation. He doesn't need to be wasting him time or talents either pushing or driving a lawn mower around anyone's lawn. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 4:31 PM
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And, I bet this lawn care guy would let you know if something unusual was going on at the rentals. That is valuable too. I agree with the weekly mow, done by the guy who does it for a living. Much better for the lawn, keeps the lawnguy’s schedule more manageable, and good tenants DO notice a well kept yard. Those nicely manicured yards may have kept good tenants longer, or even swayed good prospects to your places. Also, well-kept landscaping possibly deters property crime. Sounds like your DH needs you to find another property to buy for him to fix up. ;-)

Jim, that is priceless! And, very good advice. I was thinking about maintenance the other day, and how I need to create a spreadsheet to mark all of those tasks, to make sure I get A round-to-it. Maybe I need to be my own wife, lol! ( for those that don’t know me, I am the wife. DH doesn’t ‘do’ rentals.) --70.92.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 4:47 PM
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I used to mow the duplexes for the LL we rented from while shacking up b4 getting married. He gave us $50 rent credit. that was worth a lot to us then. years later when we became LL I did mowing to save cash. Now that I am older I pay a school kid to mow the houses. business expense. 2x a month in the spring. once a month in summer mos. 2x a week in the fall. no mowing dec & jan & feb. I like to keep my houses looking good & renters like that. I pay $35 per mow per house. front & back & weed eating. I don’t sweat the small expenses anymore. all goes to schedule e. --107.77.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 5:02 PM
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I pay 30 this year up from 25 per mow. These are small jobs so the price is mostly what it takes to show up. I dislike mowing and never did it consistently. The problem w mowing service is they either want you on the weekly or twice monthly list. In reality mowing is about a 9 day occurrence, so the commercial schedule and the lawn schedule don't align. --24.194.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 5:04 PM
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Oh, and, if DH takes over the mower, his schedule for repairs will now be dictated by THE WEATHER. I mow my sfh, and all of my larger repair and renovation projects get interrupted by a day of mowing. Sometimes, I just try to get the mowing done while I am already at that property, but then, things don’t always fit in the vehicle. Or, if I do cram everything in the vehicle, it is a pain in the tookus to find things. I end up unloading half the vehicle just to get to the tool I want.

If I weren’t so blasted fussy about how my houses look, and if I didn’t hate going round and round with tenants to keep it mowed, then I’d turn it over to tenants. But, I KNOW that my good lawn care has encouraged neighbors to improve their yards, ( they tell me they have to look better than my rentals, lol!) and in a city where things can go ugly fast, I will continue to take the trouble.

As you have a good lawn care person, and the price is good, I’d say to put efforts into other maintenance tasks, or another property, or even hobbies.

Let the lawn care guy be bossed around by the weather. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 5:14 PM
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Short answer: let the yard man do the mowing.

More details: I own a zero turn mower, sharpen my own blades, and change my own belts. I mow MY yard every 4 or 5 days at the peak of growing season. The rentals are somewhat different. I have in the lease mowing required a MINIMUM of once every two weeks.

A few rentals I mow myself, and they get mowed at least weekly.

And then I hire out two of them, they are mowed more frequently than every two weeks.

I like mowing. No one bothers me on the phone while I'm doing it. I mow my SIL's hunting property for him, it's about 12 acres of grass. No one bothers me for half a day while I do it. And with a zero turn, I can claim to be working while actually just riding around in an easy chair. LOL --158.115.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 5:26 PM
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Givens, that sounds nice! --70.92.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 7:55 PM
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I mow a class C differently than a class A or B.

A and B are that class because you do everything to a better degree. If you expect better results you might need to grease up the hands that complete these task.

It can be be done with large jobs, gift cards or just a few more dollars each time. How, doesn't matter as much as they understand you appreciate them.

--24.101.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 10:56 AM
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At my own home, I mow once a week during mowing season. And then throw snow a couple of time a week in the winter.

When I have a house vacant and have to mow the yard at a rental it is a total PITA because I have to hitch up the pickup to the flatbed trailer and load on the mower, haul it, unload it, mow, reload it, unload it again at home..... I'd love to just pay someone to do it but no one will do a lawn just once or twice. They are all on yearly contract, and even on a yearly contract they are nowhere as cheap as $40. --76.178.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by MAP [NY]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 3:10 PM
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Same here as Woodsmoke. We load up the zero turn on the flatbed trailer and I have a weedwhacker on wheels that looks like a mower. I am the CEO of the lawn/garden at our house as well as the rentals. DH will mow only if I'm injured and unable to do so (shoulder surgery earlier this year) --72.231.xxx.xx




Mowing & Divorce (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 3:37 PM
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Here's a question to ask him.

"Honey, there's a landscaper looking for extra workers in the evenings and on weekends. They'll pay you $40/yard as long as you provide your own mower. We could buy one for $X,000. What would you think about doing that to bring in extra income?"

Betcha he's not excited about it. He'll probably connect the dots without any help.

FWIW, now that our boys have flown the nest, we finally broke down and hired the neighborhood guy to mow. We were paying our sons $20 for our lawn. He charges $25, and that includes weedwhacking, picking up branches, using his own equipment, and NO COMPLAINING. When I look at what we spent on gas and mower repairs, I think we're coming out ahead! --104.230.xxx.xx




Mowing & Divorce (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 3:37 PM
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Here's a question to ask him.

"Honey, there's a landscaper looking for extra workers in the evenings and on weekends. They'll pay you $40/yard as long as you provide your own mower. We could buy one for $X,000. What would you think about doing that to bring in extra income?"

Betcha he's not excited about it. He'll probably connect the dots without any help.

FWIW, now that our boys have flown the nest, we finally broke down and hired the neighborhood guy to mow. We were paying our sons $20 for our lawn. He charges $25, and that includes weedwhacking, picking up branches, using his own equipment, and NO COMPLAINING. When I look at what we spent on gas and mower repairs, I think we're coming out ahead! --104.230.xxx.xx




Mowing & Divorce (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 3:37 PM
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Here's a question to ask him.

"Honey, there's a landscaper looking for extra workers in the evenings and on weekends. They'll pay you $40/yard as long as you provide your own mower. We could buy one for $X,000. What would you think about doing that to bring in extra income?"

Betcha he's not excited about it. He'll probably connect the dots without any help.

FWIW, now that our boys have flown the nest, we finally broke down and hired the neighborhood guy to mow. We were paying our sons $20 for our lawn. He charges $25, and that includes weedwhacking, picking up branches, using his own equipment, and NO COMPLAINING. When I look at what we spent on gas and mower repairs, I think we're coming out ahead! --104.230.xxx.xx




Mowing & Divorce (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 4:56 PM
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Wow, lots of interest in this! My DH tends to be that way, too. But he responds well to logic, and to reminders of what would be involved for him to take on something best left to someone else.

The mower maintenance is VERY compelling, along with the hassle of loading and unloading.

Your mowing guy's prices are LOW!!!! --98.114.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by Sandy [CO]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 10:54 PM
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WMH, that’s hilarious! Everyone has those things that are always to “expensive” no matter what.

Maybe explain to him that nice lawns help to rent out quickly at higher prices. And another point, it tends to help with neighbors and goodwill. The neighbors are less likely to complain about tenant issues if your places look so nice.

Tell him to sit back and enjoy your beautiful lawns! Idk if it’ll help, and I totally understand

Good luck ;) --89.45.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2021 12:35 AM
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W,

You have a great husband. Let him do whatever he wants. He’ll be happier and you will continue to have a great husband.

The WORST thing a wife can do is try to logic her hubby into something.

Give him an big hug, tell him how proud you are of him, and help him do what he wants. Be his best friend that does not try to fix him.

God looked at Adam and said he needs a helpmate…because inside we men need a cheerleader.

We men need to do stuff. With tools and machinery.

Or a hobby.

Retirement is tough on a guy. We kinda lose our identity.

Or Let him buy a Porsche and take you to dinner!

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2021 8:40 AM
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Brad, DH works 7 days a week already, EXCEPT when he is riding his bicycle! If he takes on the mowing, which as pointed out is weather-driven, those are missed bike riding days.

AND it's like pressure-washing. There are dozen of guys out there with a pressure-washer, including our painter. But when I point out that a house needs a bit of a clean, DH says, "I'll do it..."

And it never gets done! --50.82.xxx.xxx




Mowing & Divorce (by J [FL]) Posted on: Oct 12, 2021 7:22 PM
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If I read it correctly he's charging $40 per mow (not $40 per month per property)....that isn't cheap but it isn't much higher than what I'm paying. I'm paying $104/month to a service to mow a large property. They mow every week during "season" and once or twice a month during winter.

If you do not mow every week here in Florida in the hot months you'll have a problem. It gets wildly overgrown and you could even get a code violation for overgrown lawn. And if you use a push mower the grass height and the dew make it very difficult to mow overgrown grass.

I'd just let him continue doing what he's doing. He is reliable and there are many flakes out there in the mowing business who will just disappear or not communicate -- I've had that happen a couple times and had to change services. Once you find a good one keep them. --72.188.xxx.xxx



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