Making Lawn Care Fun
Has taking care of your lawn become an exhausting, inconvenient chore that you dread doing every time the time comes around? Does mowing seem like an endless task? Does your beautiful lawn now just look like more work, to the extent that you can’t appreciate it anymore?
Do you remember when taking care of your beautiful new lawn was an exciting, satisfying task? Well, you are probably wishing it had stayed that way. Fortunately, we’re here to help. Here at Best of Machinery, we’ve put together a selection of fun ways to make lawn care enjoyable. Hopefully, at least one of the options we’ve listed below will help you to find the fun in looking after your lawn again. So how can you make lawn care enjoyable? Read on to find out more!
One of the best ways to make lawn care enjoyable is to focus on speed. You can make mowing the lawn into a competition even without having anyone to compete against! All you have to do is time your mowing process, and see how long it takes you. Once you’ve got the first timed mow to use as a baseline, you can try to beat that time every other time you mow the lawn! That gives you a goal every time you mow the lawn, and it has the added bonus of making the whole process quicker every time you manage to beat your own time.
As you get better and more practiced at caring for your lawn, you will get faster and faster, and you will keep on feeling like you are improving and achieving something. You will get faster, you will feel better, and you will make lawn care enjoyable and save yourself some time at the same time! It’s a win-win scenario, and you don’t even need an opponent to compete against in order to turn mowing the lawn into a game!
If mowing the lawn back and forth in neat, straight rows is starting to feel boring, then you might want to have a go at lawn art. Instead of mowing in straight rows, try drawing pictures or patterns with your mower. If you make a mess on your first attempt, that is fine! It will grow back soon enough, and you can just go over the entire lawn to hide the evidence. As you practice more at lawn art, you will grow more confident and become able to draw more complicated patterns and pictures across your lawn with your lawn mower.
You will get a real sense of achievement as you improve, and have fun drawing whatever you want across your lawn! In no time at all, you’ll be whizzing around the lawn and making some impressive art that you can be proud of!
Buy some new Gear
If there is one thing everyone knows, it’s that toys are fun, and buying new things feels great. Why not buy yourself a fancy new yard tool for taking care of your lawn? Whether that is a mower, a trimmer, or something stranger and more unusual, it is sure to help. If you’ve got a new toy to play with, then you will be excited to have a go with it, and that will motivate you to get to work on taking care of your lawn sooner.
It doesn’t even have to be an expensive tool. If you just buy yourself a nice new pair of gardening gloves or boots or a really comfortable hat, then the satisfaction of wearing your new gear might just help you to feel good while you take care of your lawn. And if you feel good while you do it once, that’ll motivate you to do it more often without putting it off.
A great way to motivate yourself to do yard work and take care of your lawn is to reward yourself every time you do it. Whether that is by wearing your favorite clothes while you mow the lawn, or having your favorite snack afterward, or even allowing yourself some other little guilty pleasure after you are done, it is sure to help motivate yourself to do yard work. Soon, you can build up a classic pavlovian response by associating taking care of your lawn with something you really like. If you look forward to the reward, and you get the reward every time you do yard work, then soon enough, you will look forward to doing the work!
Rewarding yourself for doing chores you hate is a great way to build up good habits in general, allowing you to build up a subconscious association between the two things. It might take a little while for you to build up that association, but it is worth putting that effort in in order to have a better time when taking care of your lawn on a regular basis in the long term. If this works well for you when it comes to taking care of your lawn, you might even want to try applying it to other areas of your life. You never know, it might boost your productivity and willingness to do things in all sorts of different aspects of your life!
Optimize your Tools
If you don’t look after your tools, you will soon find that they grow less and less efficient, slowing you down and making a dull job into a miserable one. When that happens, you will want to care for your lawn even less, so it is worth putting in a bit of work to optimize your experience, making the job easier and quicker. That will save you a bit of time, and while you still might not actively enjoy the task of lawn maintenance, it should make things a bit more bearable!
Before the summer lawn care season begins, take a bit of time to look closely at all of your equipment and tools and think about where you can touch it up a bit. Fix up the paint, tighten up anything that is loose, oil up anything that is tight, and generally get all of your equipment into perfect working order. Clean up any sticking parts, scrape off any rust, and replace any elements that are broken, damaged or bent. That might look like a lot of work, but getting it out of the way now will save you a lot of time and effort later.
If you take the time to make sure that all of your tools are in perfect working order before the season begins, then your lawn care experience will be much smoother and more pleasant – who knows, you might even enjoy it!
With the right mindset, taking care of your lawn can become relaxing without even needing major changes to how you do things. This is a great opportunity to get some alone time to think, which is increasingly rare in today’s fast-paced society! Nobody’s going to bother you while you are mowing the lawn, and it is not a process that takes up a lot of your precious brainpower, so you will be easily able to think. Just lose yourself in the drone of the mower and the simplicity of your task, and use it as some great relaxation time!
If you want to boost your relaxation and pleasure, why not get a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones and make a playlist of your favorite songs? You should always pay attention when you are using power tools, especially when they have sharp blades, but some good tunes can make the time fly by and can make your experience much more fun. As long as you are keeping an eye on what you are doing, you can lose yourself in the music a bit and chill out for a bit while you mow the lawn. Take it easy, relax a bit, and have fun!
Looking at the Lawn from a new Perspective
Your lawn isn’t just a big green sheet that requires regular trimming, even if that is the only way you’ve viewed it so far. It is also a huge ecosystem, and there are a huge number of different creatures living in it that you can find with a little focus and attention. Try looking at your lawn in a different way, and discovering the amazing wealth of life that inhabits it.
When you set out to take care of your lawn, take a bit of time before you start mowing to see what you can find in the grass, and really connect with the world at your feet. Getting a better sense of what is living in your lawn, like ants and ladybugs, can really help you to appreciate your lawn in a whole new way. That can make an incredible difference to how much you enjoy taking care of your lawn. If you connect a bit more with the ecosystem in your lawn, then mowing the grass can go from a tedious chore to an opportunity to visit your smallest friends!
Taking care of your lawn doesn’t have to be a bore. While it might not seem like the most exciting task out there, and while you might currently resent it, there are several different ways to approach it that might help you to enjoy your lawn maintenance time. We’ve listed a few above, but there are many other options you could try. If none of these are really doing much for you, then try something else! There is no limit to how much you can experiment when it comes to taking care of your lawn and feel free just to keep trying new things until you find something that works well for you. Good luck and happy mowing!