The front of our house and what I call my foliage garden. Since I took this picture, the while fly has ruined our hedges and the neighbor's too.
While doing a little yard work the other day, cutting off those 40 or so philodendron fronds, (my blog March 4, 2014), I got to thinking about hiring some outside help, as in someone to mow and do the trimming for me. And then I remembered why I liked to do my own mowing. For one thing, most lawn mower services cut the grass too darn short and secondly, they leave what one ‘expert’ referred to as ‘community grasses’ behind. At least that was the answer I got when I inquired about the weedy-looking flowers that were growing on my neighbor’s lawns. It seems that after mowing many lawns, some dry, some wet, the grass residue sticks to the blades. The bad seeds or ‘whatever’ from the blades is then passed on to the next lawn and the next and they all become infected with ‘community grasses’. I have no ‘what are the odds’ question here because it makes perfect sense to me when every neighbor who has a lawn service has those weedy flowers and I don’t, although I’m getting some weeds because I didn’t fertilize in September. My bad!
Ironically, while thinking about hiring someone, I came across an interesting article in my Yahoo news this morning. It certainly got me to thinking about whether it would be worth the effort to spend tons of time or any time at all trying to find just the right lawn service. Here’s the link No Green Thumb? and the article is about doing research before hiring anyone for landscaping or risk the chance of getting sued if one of the workers gets hurt while working on your/my lawn. Two things in question would be, does the company you plan to hire have 1) worker’s compensation and 2) liability. It’s definitely something to think about so while I ponder, I guess I’ll continue to do my own mowing and my version of landscaping.