If your household budget includes paying a lawn maintenance service and a pest control service every month, now is a great time to take matters into your own hands and save some green with a few lawn care tips. When you consider that:
- Your lawn service can run $200 a month or more. Replace that expense with some weed and insect control, such as Spectricide, in early spring and routine maintenance, you can take over this task and save nearly about $1,600 between March and October
- If your home is pest-free but you're using a pest control service, you can save about $100 a month by performing these tasks yourself. There are several, easy to use products on the market for household insects.
- If you have an outbreak of pests, tackle them yourself rather than calling a pest control company -- the initial home visit will be more than $100. Instead, use spray and foggers first -- all for under $20.
- If your pest control company has been spraying your yard to control flying pests and mosquitoes, you can cut another $100 by doing this yourself. Cutter foggers, lawn sprays and personal sprays provide great protection when you need it -- without taking a bite out of your wallet
All totaled, if you're willing to do some routine home and lawn maintenance work yourself, then your household budget will pay you back -- up to $3,500 a year.
Tom Kraeutler is the Home Improvement Editor for AOL and co-author of My Home, My Money Pit: Your Guide to Every Home Improvement Adventure. He delivers home makeover ideas each week as host of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program.