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Managing a 2.5 acre lawn
I was thinking of the best way to handle our lawn. Its about 2.5 acres. Should I buy a tractor and trimmer or hire out? Hiring out I am getting quotes for 100.00 a cut twice a month. What do you guys and gals recommend?

Bob Mariani 02-25-2009 12:28 PM

for that price have them cut it. $100 X 7 = $700 a year. A good tractor is about $2500. And you have to do the work and maintenance and storage

Leah Frances 02-25-2009 12:40 PM

One of my favorite expenses is paying the guy who mows our lawn. He has enough discretion to only mow it when it needs it, mow it more than once a week if it needs it, and only charge me for what he does.

DangerMouse 02-25-2009 12:43 PM

100 a cut, twice a month = 200 a month... x 7 or so months = 1,400.... i paid around 800 for my troybilt mower and it does my acre fine.
and you get to play on the mower too! i have a trailer for hauling stuff too, so it's really been a help out here. now if i could just get the plow blade and chains.....


Tom Struble 02-25-2009 12:56 PM

personally i love to cut my grass others hate it i guess it depends on you

Scuba_Dave 02-25-2009 01:05 PM

Are you in an area that needs the grass cut 12 months a year?
Asl them what happens if it doesn't need to be cut
Around here its maybe 5 months a year
And only 2x a month the "middle" months
I'd put in some massive garden areas to cut down on the grass
We only have 1/2 acre but I can cut what grass I have in maybe an hour. I usually only spend 1/2 hour at a time 2 nights a week

drtbk4ever 02-25-2009 01:18 PM

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Personally I would buy a lawn tractor and do it myself.

Besides, if you have a lawn tractor then you can do things like this.

drtbk4ever 02-25-2009 01:19 PM

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You must remember to wear your helmet.

drtbk4ever 02-25-2009 01:24 PM

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And I also like to listen to "tunes" while cutting the grass.

DangerMouse 02-25-2009 01:40 PM


Originally Posted by strublesiding@optonline.n (Post 236575)
personally i love to cut my grass others hate it i guess it depends on you

yup, there's a lot of us 'hank hill' types out there... *grin*


Tom Struble 02-25-2009 01:51 PM

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heres my ride set up for snow

47_47 02-25-2009 03:13 PM

My wife mows our 2 acres with her 42" rider in about 2-2 hours. Her biggest problem (besides me) isn't mowing the grass, it's picking up the heavy clippings during the growing/wet season. I've got her a cyclone rake, which picks up the clippings and also picks up the leaves in the fall.

Keep your lawn 'rider mower' friendly, do not do a lot of push mowing or trimming. Just my 2.

Scuba_Dave 02-25-2009 03:22 PM

I also edged out all my gardens to make it easier to run the lawnmower. By doing this I do not have to go back & trim or use a weedwacker
I actually eliminated 25' x 80' with the new garage & driveway

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