be_ixf;ym_202205 d_28; ct_50
Text Size A A A

CESI Financial Blog

Get Debt Consolidation Options

Call Now! (866) 484-5373

5 Ways to Save Money and Time on Lawn Care

On a warm spring day, there’s nothing like sinking your toes into your yard’s lush green grass as you watch your children, running barefoot, play tag or ball in the backyard.

But that dream of a picturesque spring afternoon can be quickly dashed when you start tallying up the time and money required to keep your patch of grass both lush and green. If you are trying to save money on lawn care, is your dream of a beautiful yard out of reach?

According to the 2016 National Gardening Survey, the average amount of money spent on lawn and garden activities was $407 per household in the United States. That spending is fueling a $36.9 billion do-it-yourself yard and garden industry, according to the survey.

Gardening has many benefits and it’s simple to get started.  But, for many households on tight budgets, the added cost to care for a lawn can simply be too much when coupled with other housing costs, debt payments, transportation costs, grocery store bills and more.

Here are five ways to save money on lawn care:

Turn your lawn into a garden:

Instead of spending your money caring for grass, spend it on growing vegetables and fruits that you can actually eat -- saving you money on lawn care AND at the grocery store. In fact, a recent study found that the average garden in America annually yields about 300 pounds of fresh produce or about $600 worth of food. You’ll need to spend some money to get your garden started (Better Homes & Gardens has tips.) But, once it’s producing, you’ll reap rewards in cost savings on lawn care and at the supermarket.

Rethink your grass variety:

Many of the most common varieties of grass on American lawns love to soak up water and can require a lot of it to stay green. If you want to save money on lawn care, those water-loving grasses can, in turn, pull a lot of green out of your wallet. Instead, look for drought resistant varieties that don’t need as much water. At the same time, consider your lawn and location and look for grasses that can best tolerate, for instance, the temperature where you live and the amount of shade in your yard. Turfgrass Producers International has some tips on grass varieties.

Reconsider your watering schedule:

According to the experts, early to mid-morning -- 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. -- is the best time to water your lawn because it’s cooler outside and the water won’t evaporate too quickly, among other reasons, according to this article in Popular Mechanics.

Don’t make lawn perfection your goal:

Golf courses are known for their beautiful manicured greens with short grasses. That’s not what you want your lawn to look like. Experts recommend keeping your grass fairly high. Taller grasses need less water, less fertilizer, less mowing -- and less money to keep them alive.

Don’t get taken by a sales pitch:

Homeowners can fall prey to con artists, who go door-to-door selling their lawn care services, but never return once they get that first payment. Before hiring anybody to care for your lawn, check their references. Or, seek a service on your own, asking for recommendations from friends, family and neighbors.

Save Money on your lawn

Better yet, to save money on lawn care, take care of the lawn together as a family. Then you can bask in your nice yard and in the knowledge that you’ve saved some money.

The CESI Team is committed to helping you reach your financial goals. If debt keeps you from living the life you dream of, contact us for a free debt analysis today and get started on the road to a brighter future!


7 Responses to 5 Ways to Save Money and Time on Lawn Care

  1. Great tips for saving money! As the Spring is coming upon us, it’s about that time to start thinking about maintaining a beautiful lawn. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  2. Aline says:

    thanks Sarah Hall! M7y eyes are still watering!

  3. Very wise money-saving tips! There are also experts in lawn maintenance who can adapt to clients’ budget and may provide advice on these type of conversions.

  4. My parents will be going on a long vacation and they are worried about their newly landscaped yard but they want to save money too. It was explained here that they are to reconsider their watering schedule in order to save money and time. Moreover, it’s highly recommended to talk to professionals about ground maintenance.

  5. Cannon W says:

    Great info on this! Some lawn can be so time consuming!

  6. I had no idea that early to mid-morning from4 a.m. to 10 a.m. is the best time to water your lawn because it’s cooler outside and the water won’t evaporate too quickly. I just moved into my first home with a big lawn, and want to make sure I properly maintain it and keep a healthy yard. I will definitely keep your tips in mind when taking care of my yard.

  7. will says:

    All about saving while making my lawn better! Thanks so much for all of the help

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Consumer Education Services, Inc. empowers people to overcome their financial challenges and lead financially-healthy lives.


Debt Consolidation

Financial Education

Homeownership Center

View More of Our Services »


Financial Information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State. 

Follow Us

Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 56-2106758

Consumer Education Services, Inc. © 2022