Is your yard a maze of obstacles for you and your lawn mower to navigate? Is it getting harder and harder for you to keep up with the endless amount of mowing, weed eating and trimming? Maybe it is time for you to do what I am doing and simplify your yard work.
Remove what You don’t Use
Are there things sitting in your yard that you really don’t use anymore? I had a large swing set in my back yard that my grandchildren have out grown. Now, if you have ever battled a swing set to mow around it, you know it can be rough. It is especially bad for older people like me, who have arthritis in their shoulders or hips. I don’t mind saying I cussed that swing set every time I had to mow around it. I gave it to a young couple whose children will enjoy it.
So maybe you don’t have an abandoned swing set inhibiting your mowing, but what about old yard swings? Moving them to a porch or patio may be an option if you really don’t want to get rid of them just yet. Sure they may look nice where they are, but do you really want to keep wrestling them every time you mow?
Re-Arrange Flower Beds
Spring is the perfect time to move flower beds. We all love our flowers, right? As, I got older and it got harder and harder to keep up with them all, I started simplifying them for easier yard work. I had several beds of hostas and they were out in the yard where they were a real pain to mow around. I built a flower bed around a tree and moved them all into it.
Re-arranging or moving your existing flower beds out of the main part of the yard will save a lot of time and energy when it comes time to mow. Weed eating will be easier too if you combine several small flower beds into one bigger one.
Remove Edge of Lawn Borders
I will admit that I have a lot of fencing around the side and back part of my house and am not ready to give that up yet, so I am stuck with weed eating that area. My front yard, however, had a small concrete border all the way across the front of it to basically stop cars from getting to close to the lawn, or parking on it.
The little zig-zag pattern looked really cute, but it was a chore to maneuver a lawn mower around and it took a lot of time to weed-eat it and keep it looking nice. I gave it all away, free for the hauling. It will sure be nice just to run the lawn mower down that area and be done the next time I mow.
Simplifying for Time, Age or Disabilities
Whether you need to simplify your yard work due to time, age or disabilities, there are many ways to cut down on the amount of work your yard takes. By redesigning your yard, you can still continue to enjoy doing the yard work yourself without spending too much time or wearing yourself out. I enjoy doing my own yard work, but as I get older and my arthritis gets worse, it is becoming harder and harder to do. By making a few adjustments, it will make it easier for me to continue something I enjoy.