Sigh. There's really no need to beat around the bush (no pun intended) -- taking care of a yard flat out sucks. I mean, who was it, exactly, that decided having a huge chunk of grass in the front and back of your house that needs constant attention was a great idea?
Maintaining the outdoor spaces around our homes is just as much of a pain in the butt as keeping the inside clean, which one mom from Nebraska obviously knew -- and figured out a brilliant solution for.
Theresa Gallo had a $30,000 synthetic yard put in, and all she has to do to take care of it is water it once a week, and "pick up sticks and blow off leaves."
No mowing. No fertilizing. No weeds. Nothin'.
This honestly may be one of the most genius concepts I've ever heard of. Why in the heck don't I have a synthetic lawn at my house? If I add up how much we spend on maintaining our stupid one-acre lot on a yearly basis, I'll probably have to take on a second job out of the sheer horror of the total amount. And considering we've lived in our home for over six years, I'm guessing we've spent at least $30,000, if not more -- and the amount will continue to go up each and every year.
Besides how much of a strain yards put on our wallets -- think about how much quality time you spend messing with it on the weekends when you could be out enjoying life with your family. Isn't that worth at least $30,000?
Of course, this is probably something you should do when you first purchase a home instead of waiting until you've already shelled out thousands of dollars for the upkeep on a real lawn. How does the old saying go? "Hindsight is 20/20"?
And you do still have to scoop the poop if you have a dog. (But at least that's somewhat easier than operating a lawn mower.)
Would you ever consider a synthetic yard?
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