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Old 09-04-2021, 11:04 PM   #1
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How many of yíall have someone else mow your yards.?

I have a pretty good size yard, probably 2 of my 5 acres are yard or landscaped area. It takes me 5 plus hours to pushmow zero turn mow, weedeat, edge, blow and put everything back in the SheShed. Ever since the heat stroke itís just not fun any more. In the 9 years since I built the house, Iíve paid to have it mowed 3x (due to hip and shoulder surgeries). I believe it was $100-$125 (when it got high one time). Iím just debating hiring one of my buddies to do it every 10 days or so. Heíd do a good job.

Hereís a crazy kicker though, I have between 3 and 8 investment properties at any given time Iím working on at different stages (before I sell/finance or rent them out). I think nothing of loading up the Dixie Chopper and the rest of stuff and going and taking care of them. And I could 100% pay (expense) the mowing of those through the LLC if I wasnít so tight. Honestly I just think those properties donít have to be at the same level I want my personal home at.

Would I be financially foolish to start hiring out my personal yard while still taking care of the investment properties? Yes I can probably expense out my house yard if I wanted toÖ
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Old 09-04-2021, 11:09 PM   #2
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Old 09-04-2021, 11:14 PM   #3
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How many of yíall have someone else mow your yards.?


Would I be financially foolish to start hiring out my personal yard while still taking care of the investment properties? Yes I can probably expense out my house yard if I wanted toÖ
It takes me about an hour and 15 minutes to do all that needs to be done at my house, which is roughly 2,500 sq ft. Occassional when it needs it and I don't have the time, I will pay the guy who does the neighbor's house $40 to have it done. There's just times when it makes sense to pay the money. If I were in your shoes I would probably let it get pretty tall before I spent 4 to 5 hours working on it.
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Old 09-04-2021, 11:23 PM   #4
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I mow my 2.5 acres and my MIL's 2.5 acres next door. Takes me at least 5 hours on a zero turn. This doesn't include any weed eating.
I enjoy mowing most of the time, but mowing for my MIL is like mowing a mine field. No telling what treasures I find with the blades that she has thrown in the grass in between mowing. And numerous times she leaves her water on and floods part of her yard.
That being said, I'm too cheap to pay someone to mow, but I have paid to have someone weed eat for me.
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Old 09-04-2021, 11:41 PM   #5
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Best money I spend every week is to have my yard mowed, edged, and driveways blown off. That’s an hour I can spend doing something else
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I have mowed my 2.5 acre yard forever. It takes 1:45 to mow and another 45 to weed eat. I used to really enjoy it. Each of the last three years I am enjoying it less and less as I get older and older. I am seriously thinking about selling my mower and hiring it out next year. I have a guy with a helper who does it all when I get behind. He charges me $100 to do it. But he lives right down the street so he does it on the way home.
My cheap side hasn't let me turn loose of it yet.
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Old 09-04-2021, 11:58 PM   #7
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I mow mine.. it takes about 2 hrs to weedeat (lots of trees) and about 2hrs on the ZTR. So 4 hrs total and I've always hated yardwork. I'm just too cheap to pay someone.
Why not mow your own and pay to have the others done since you care more about yours being done right?

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Old 09-05-2021, 12:10 AM   #8
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I mow mine.. it takes about 2 hrs to weedeat (lots of trees) and about 2hrs on the ZTR. So 4 hrs total and I've always hated yardwork. I'm just too cheap to pay someone.
Why not mow your own and pay to have the others done since you care more about yours being done right?

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I think youíve hit my issue. I donít like the push mowing / bagging and weedeating anymore. If I could just zero turn and blow it off Iíd be happy with that. I think the guy Iíve used would do as good a job as me. At least as good as me now, not me five years ago.
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Old 09-05-2021, 12:16 AM   #9
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I say if you sit down and really find out what your time is worth you will see a great advantage of you having your yard mowed. Your 5 hours is worth way more than what it will cost you. Keep mowing the other properties since it falls inline with your on onsite work.

My life became alot easier when my son started mowing and i edge and blow. We can knock it out in about 45 minutes. But, there is nothing better than coming home on Friday to freshly cut yard done by someone else.
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Old 09-05-2021, 02:21 AM   #10
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But, there is nothing better than coming home on Friday to freshly cut yard done by someone else.
Every week that goes by, I start to like the sound if this more and more.



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Old 09-05-2021, 07:22 AM   #11
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One of the very few bad things about my kids all being out of the house is that I am back to mowing my grass and filling my own feeders
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:06 AM   #12
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One of the very few bad things about my kids all being out of the house is that I am back to mowing my grass and filling my own feeders
Don’t get me wrong I have good grown adult kids and love them very much but, We really enjoy being empty nesters.

I mow my own yard.

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Old 09-05-2021, 08:21 AM   #13
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I cut about 1 1/2 acres. Takes me just about 90 minutes to Z-turn, weed eat, and blow it off.

I'm blessed financially and could easily afford to pay others. But, I'm not paying anybody to do my work if I'm able. Not judging anyone, that's just me.

At 62-years old, I'm also beginning to see a need to stay active, and this is one I choose to do. Sit in the chair and die, or keep moving and grooving. I need a new roof, but I'm past the age of shingling a roof!!
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:28 AM   #14
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Are there any spot you can spray and kill and save your self edging / weed eating?

Sounds like you can pay someone if it gives you that much hell
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:53 AM   #15
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Why not just pay someone to mow the investment properties & write that off under your LLC and focus on your own house yourself?
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:54 AM   #16
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OP, your health is more important than saving money and time. Heat stroke is no joke
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I cut about 1 1/2 acres. Takes me just about 90 minutes to Z-turn, weed eat, and blow it off.

I'm blessed financially and could easily afford to pay others. But, I'm not paying anybody to do my work if I'm able. Not judging anyone, that's just me.

At 62-years old, I'm also beginning to see a need to stay active, and this is one I choose to do. Sit in the chair and die, or keep moving and grooving. I need a new roof, but I'm past the age of shingling a roof!!
This is me (except for financially blessed)

But I paid someone to mow the lake property this week. 150 bucks to mow 2 acres that was probably 20" tall. Mostly cause there was no way I could get a boat and a mower up here

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Old 09-05-2021, 08:57 AM   #17
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I’m in a similar situation myself except I have about 5-6 acres on my personal home place I routinely mow which has been a pain this summer with all the rain we have had. I have a Ford sub compact tractor with 60” mid mower & a 52” ZT
I have 3 rentals in which I paid a couple of HS kids to mow this summer
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Old 09-05-2021, 09:03 AM   #18
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It generally takes me an hour and a half to two hours to mow. I use a Hustler Zero Turn and I don’t weed eat or blow the drive. That’s my wife’s chore, (mainly because I hate weed eating). After I had my little heart attack I was so week I got tired just watching her mow. I suggested she find a kid at her school that she thought was capable and let him mow, weed eat, etc. He comes Monday to look it over.
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Old 09-05-2021, 09:05 AM   #19
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Used to mow my own subdivision yard under the guise of ďI needed the exercise.Ē Then my good friend/neighborís kid approached me about mowing mine for pay. I talked with the dad and we figured it would help teach the kid some responsibility and accountability plus give him some spending money doing it for somebody besides just his own yard. I told the kid what I expected and Iíll be ****ed if the sucker doesnít do a helluva job and my yard looks great. His consistency has also brought my St Augustine backyard up to super thick and plush. I was going to spend a lot of money to have it re-sodded, so his mowing fee has paid for itself. Now hopefully he never graduates high school and never goes yo college. Itís worth every penny I pay him to save that time for something else.
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Old 09-05-2021, 09:14 AM   #20
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Used to mow my own subdivision yard under the guise of ďI needed the exercise.Ē Then my good friend/neighborís kid approached me about mowing mine for pay. I talked with the dad and we figured it would help teach the kid some responsibility and accountability plus give him some spending money doing it for somebody besides just his own yard. I told the kid what I expected and Iíll be ****ed if the sucker doesnít do a helluva job and my yard looks great. His consistency has also brought my St Augustine backyard up to super thick and plush. I was going to spend a lot of money to have it re-sodded, so his mowing fee has paid for itself. Now hopefully he never graduates high school and never goes yo college. Itís worth every penny I pay him to save that time for something else.
I had to check and see if you were my neighbor. My son is mowing yards and I often get told how professional his work is! Dang good feeling

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Old 09-05-2021, 09:15 AM   #21
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Jesus Christ saved my soul!
Jesus mows my grass. Him and his crew in out 15 mins.
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Old 09-05-2021, 09:16 AM   #22
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I gave in and hired someone to mow mine 3 years ago and wish I had done it sooner. The time I save from not doing it is worth far more than I pay and they do a better job than I did when I mowed it myself. It all just depends on the value of your time. Hardest part for me was that I enjoyed it, but grass will be growing long after my kids are grown and my career has slowed down by my choice.
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I have no idea how long it takes my wife to mow but she doesn’t do it all at once. Front yard one day, back yard another day. Now the pastures can take all week. I’ve offered to buy her a self propelled instead of a push mower but she refuses. Got me a good woman.
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Old 09-05-2021, 09:41 AM   #24
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I hate weed eating, mowing on a ZT is not bad. My 91 y/o uncle still mows his own yard (5 acres) and he has MONEY!
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Old 09-05-2021, 09:50 AM   #25
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I mow for a few folks and I can tell ya upkeep on big mowers, weedeaters, blowers,trucks an trailers ain't cheap
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I have no idea how long it takes my wife to mow but she doesnít do it all at once. Front yard one day, back yard another day. Now the pastures can take all week. Iíve offered to buy her a self propelled instead of a push mower but she refuses. Got me a good woman.
Thatís a heck of a woman to mow a pasture with a push mower
If you really want to toughen her up let her try it with a 16Ē manual reel mower
You better hang on to her
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I cut about 1 1/2 acres. Takes me just about 90 minutes to Z-turn, weed eat, and blow it off.

I'm blessed financially and could easily afford to pay others. But, I'm not paying anybody to do my work if I'm able. Not judging anyone, that's just me.

At 62-years old, I'm also beginning to see a need to stay active, and this is one I choose to do. Sit in the chair and die, or keep moving and grooving. I need a new roof, but I'm past the age of shingling a roof!!
That's the secret, keep moving and don't get stagnant.

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Old 09-05-2021, 11:25 AM   #28
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Thatís a heck of a woman to mow a pasture with a push mower
If you really want to toughen her up let her try it with a 16Ē manual reel mower
You better hang on to her
No doubt. Sheís a keeper.
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Old 09-05-2021, 12:05 PM   #29
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I gave up on my front yard years ago. Trying to keep it nice with two 60 year old oaks is a royal pain. Please take my $35.00.....................
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I pay a young man who was one of my eagles scouts when I was a SM.
He does it for $30.
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Old 09-05-2021, 04:12 PM   #31
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Donít get me wrong I have good grown adult kids and love them very much but, We really enjoy being empty nesters.

I mow my own yard.
I agree 100%! It was sort of tongue in cheek. Plus I got to buy a Ranger (see thread about how stupid I am-Stuck Polaris Ranger) so I donít have to carry corn across the river on my back any more. Congrats on the kids being out doing well and a strong marriageÖÖÖ.those things are not to be taken for granted.
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I do all my own yard work on two acres. I'm only 74, so don't know how I'll handle it when I get old.
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My wife does ours most weeks. I taught my oldest how to weed eat and my middle boy how to use the blower. My 10 year old daughter handles all the land mines the dogs drop in the yard.

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Old 09-05-2021, 04:57 PM   #34
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I mow my 3 acres. Takes me right at 2 hours to mow, weedeat, edge, blow. I do it once a week. No way I’d pay someone to do mine. I’m too picky and they’d never do it right. Lol
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Old 09-05-2021, 06:49 PM   #35
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I don't mind mowing much, but i HATE weedeating. I'm cheap so I suck it up and do it myself on my 2 acres. If I had more than my 2 acres to do, i would probably hire it out.
Mowing would probably go a lot smoother on a nicer mower, but again I'm cheap. I have a 38" cut JD that was given to me and it works. Pitifully slow, but it works. I bought a swisher pull behind finish cut mower and the added 60" really helps but still have to mow at the speed that the JD can handle.
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I have .87 acres and I pay $50 for it to be done. Itís supposed to be done weekly but most of time itís done about 3 times a month because of rain and having to push it back from the normal Monday.

Itís not worth my time or investment in a mower. I probably spend around $1200 a year on mowing about 3 times a month for 7.5 to 8 months.

Knowing the way I am Iím not buying a cheap zero turn so it would probably be a nice one between $7500 to $12000. I can pay to have my yard mowed for 7 to 10 years not including maintence and gas for the blower, weed eater, and mower.


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Used to mow my own subdivision yard under the guise of ďI needed the exercise.Ē Then my good friend/neighborís kid approached me about mowing mine for pay. I talked with the dad and we figured it would help teach the kid some responsibility and accountability plus give him some spending money doing it for somebody besides just his own yard. I told the kid what I expected and Iíll be ****ed if the sucker doesnít do a helluva job and my yard looks great. His consistency has also brought my St Augustine backyard up to super thick and plush. I was going to spend a lot of money to have it re-sodded, so his mowing fee has paid for itself. Now hopefully he never graduates high school and never goes yo college. Itís worth every penny I pay him to save that time for something else.
This is what I'm going with, too. Except it isn't a neighbor kid...its a family. They don't live in my neighborhood but cut several other lawns here. And I absolutely hate cutting grass.
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I pay someone gladly. Haha

My yard is pretty small and paying someone is undoubtably cheaper than owning a mower!
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:09 PM   #39
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Old dude that live across from my Mom cuts his lawn with push mower. At 80+ years old, he uses a cane to walk. But he pushes that mower! I think that has kept him alive.
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Jesus Christ saved my soul!
Jesus mows my grass. Him and his crew in out 15 mins.
Just like Bro. Bill has been telling us along, Jesus is the answer to most of lifeís problems!
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Old dude that live across from my Mom cuts his lawn with push mower. At 80+ years old, he uses a cane to walk. But he pushes that mower! I think that has kept him alive.
Bet you are right about the 80+ year old. Following a push mower around and walking with a cane sounds pretty decent to me if I get to be 80+. Donít want the nursing home life, no thanks.
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I have .87 acres and I pay $50 for it to be done. Itís supposed to be done weekly but most of time itís done about 3 times a month because of rain and having to push it back from the normal Monday.

Itís not worth my time or investment in a mower. I probably spend around $1200 a year on mowing about 3 times a month for 7.5 to 8 months.

Knowing the way I am Iím not buying a cheap zero turn so it would probably be a nice one between $7500 to $12000. I can pay to have my yard mowed for 7 to 10 years not including maintence and gas for the blower, weed eater, and mower.


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My best friend is the Dixie Chopper dealer. Their commercial ones (silver Eagle is what I have) are bad mothers and mine is in great shape. But he and I both know that when this one gives up the ghost, the $10,000 for a new one will be spent on yard people. I see your logic.
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:58 PM   #44
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Why not just pay someone to mow the investment properties & write that off under your LLC and focus on your own house yourself?
Answering several posts in one post.

Honestly the investment properties are easy upkeep, I donít keep them at my yard level of manicure until right when they go on the market if then at all.

My yard is whatís tough. I like it to look like itís well taken care of and itís the finish work (same as in my properties) that takes up so much time.

All valid issues. The yard has lots of interesting slopes and angles and landscaping and pool and several hundred feet of iron fence and stone columns and trees and hanging limbs and driveways for blade edging. itís the weedeating and push mowing bagging that gets me. Itís probably 2 plus hours of it or more if I do all of it and itís become a pain where once it didnít bother me now it does.

Youíre right I need to roundup manage a lot more of it. FS110 stihl weedeater big line. But thereís still some parts Iíll have to push mow. I have wide gates and can get mower in but the slopes and weedeating now wear me out where once they didnít.
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Old 09-05-2021, 09:02 PM   #45
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I mow 3 acres. Before the house and landscaping, garden, etc… it took me 2 hrs. Now it takes 4 and with all the rain this year, it’s every weekend.
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Old 09-05-2021, 09:04 PM   #46
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Thanks for all the replies!

Yíall are probably saying he didnít answer any post today because he was out mowing at his house all day.

WRONG!

I went to Messina Hoff in Richmond today, had a couple of glasses of sparkling wine, some calamari, fried shrimp, and their signature burger. All very good.

Yíall all made valid points. Iím calling yard guy Tuesday and telling him to take care of it. Life is short. Iím going to spend a little and stress less.

Thanks guys!
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Old 09-05-2021, 09:05 PM   #47
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I mow mine and I just can't get on board with paying someone for something I'm capable of doing. In fact just this week, my ztr went down so I have been using my push mower. Just shy of an acre and I've come to really enjoy using the push mower as it gives me a good workout, only downside is it takes alittle longer. If I can't get the ztr going, I'm torn on it I want to buy another or continue with the push mower.
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Old 09-05-2021, 10:08 PM   #48
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Thanks for all the replies!



Yíall are probably saying he didnít answer any post today because he was out mowing at his house all day.



WRONG!



I went to Messina Hoff in Richmond today, had a couple of glasses of sparkling wine, some calamari, fried shrimp, and their signature burger. All very good.



Yíall all made valid points. Iím calling yard guy Tuesday and telling him to take care of it. Life is short. Iím going to spend a little and stress less.



Thanks guys!
Time for more Messina Hoff!!

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Old 09-05-2021, 10:20 PM   #49
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Thanks for all the replies!

Yíall are probably saying he didnít answer any post today because he was out mowing at his house all day.

WRONG!

I went to Messina Hoff in Richmond today, had a couple of glasses of sparkling wine, some calamari, fried shrimp, and their signature burger. All very good.

Yíall all made valid points. Iím calling yard guy Tuesday and telling him to take care of it. Life is short. Iím going to spend a little and stress less.

Thanks guys!

Congratulations, with that awesome meal under your belt you were able to make this important decision. With the same meal all I would have been able to make is a two hour nap. Enjoy your time spent not mowing!
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