My Yard is a Waste of Time and Money
This post was originally a guest post I wrote for Financial Dominance. I am reposting this while my broken arm heals (blogging with one hand is hard!).
My wife made a comment the other night, “Why do we care about our yard so much? I am just tired of worrying about it”.
My boys mowed the yard the other night, and when they finished the whole front yard looked like a dust storm had gone through. What grass I have is crabgrass, the rest is mostly dirt with a few weeds and lots of completely yellow and dead grass. In the spring, in was a luscious green and completely full and thick.
Looking at our yard, my wife commented “Why do we care about our yard so much? I am just tired of worrying about it.”
That got me thinking about how much time and money I put into my yard each spring and fall. In the spring I aerate, thatch, re-seed, fertilize and water. By May it’s beautiful, then the summer heat and drought kicks in. Within a few weeks the yard is yellowing, within a few more there is more dirt than dead grass. In just a few more large clumps of crabgrass are beginning to dominate.
Then comes September. I aerate, thatch, re-seed, fertilize and water (hmmmm, this is sounding familiar). By December the grass is dormant. Dormant is a fancy word for grass that looks dead but isn’t really.
A quick calculation of the cost each spring and fall:
|Watering:||$80.00 (for 3 months)|
|Total:||$230.00 or $460.00 per year|
Let’s assume for a few minutes that I live in my home for 20 years. Over the course of 20 years that works out to be $9200.00. Placed into my 401k at a conservative 10% return for 20 years, it would be $10,865.00. This doesn’t even factor my time in which would inflate the numbers even further.
With that kind of money, I think my wife is right. I am tired of worrying about it, watching it grow then die just to grow and die again. Not to mention, $10,865.00 is a lot of money and frankly money I could use.
I think I’ll just leave the yard alone this fall and see how it does in the spring. I’ll keep you posted!
How much do you spend on your yard annually? Do you bother with it? Any suggestions for accomplishing the same thing more frugally? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.