With my recent yard expansion, I suddenly have ginormous amounts of grass to mow, and my little corded electric mower is not up to the task. There had been a guy who mowed it before, so I kept him on, figuring it would be best to have someone staying on top of the grass until I can replace much of it with garden. Nice guy, but a serious flake as it turned out. First he bailed on the fencing job I'd hired him to do (he failed to show up the three different times he said he would). Then he failed to show up to do the lawn one week. Many apologies. Won't happen again, he said. Guess who didn't show up last week?
I started calling around to get estimates a couple of days ago. No one called me back. About an hour ago I saw a lawn crew pull up in front of the house across the street. Went over talked to the guy and struck a deal. He and his partner came over and had the whole thing done in about 20 minutes. They'll do it once a week for a month, and if they're good, I'll keep them.
Maybe it seems crazy to spend money on such a thing. But mowing it all myself would take all day, and I'd rather spend my time on the vegetables and flower beds. It is less a luxury than a necessity right now, and eventually I'll get the yard into a more sustainable configuration.