It's going to cost $250 to get the front and back yards under control. At this point I really don't have any choice. I don't think my grandfather's old lawnmower would be able to handle foot-high grass, and trying to use a weed-wacker on a few thousand square feet of grass is like trying to shave with a pair of tweezers.
Fortunately, after this, it's going to be a lot cheeper. A mere $80 a month will cover weeding, mowing, raking, trimming, pruning, sweeping, everything. (I don't think it covers fertilizing, but that's a dump-pellets-into-spreader-and-run-aroun
Why not do it myself? For one, I hate gardening. Always have. And then there's the fact that I know practically nothing about it. I know the difference between grass and trees, but I don't know how short the grass should be cut, or when to use fertilizer or how much or what kind, or how to properly prune a tree, or what the heck de-thatching is.
If I had the money, I'd replace all the grass with Astroturf. Looks good year-round, never needs mowing, never needs watering, weed and insect resistant.