What if each able-bodied homeowner mowed his/her own lawn, maybe also mowed the lawn of their neighbor who wasn’t able-bodied?
Reducing reliance on yard crews and their big riding mowers, we would see less trucks and trailers in the neighborhood. Maybe walking and riding the streets would be pleasant again.
The homeowner might not need to walk or jog, for exercise. With fewer yard workers needed, the price per yard might go down or the yard workers might move to other work.
Maybe the homeowners would see their neighbors out working; they might visit with each other.
In time, maybe most neighbors would know what’s going on with each other. When one of the families needed a little help, the other neighbors might step up.
With less demand for ‘canned’ exercise, fewer exercise facilities and equipment would be needed. Less workers would be needed and various utilities (air conditioning, electricity, telephone, computer) also wouldn’t be needed. Fewer trips to the gym implies less gasoline usage. Probably little savings would be noticed with respect to clothing, we would still need decent work clothing for our around-the-house chores.
And then it happened:
The neighbors are saving money, taking care of their own business. The kids are better off too, helping around the house, working as a family.
And now, the cars are vacuumed, washed, and waxed at home; the kids (adults too) take better care of the cars now that they are responsible for cleanup. Of course, fewer big city style car washes are needed, saving on land use, construction, utilities, payroll, and fuel.
Without the ZTR mower (with mounted rider), the yard is no longer rutted. The family still mows every week but since it’s not a professional yard, they have cut back on the trimming and blowing, and there’s less pollen in the air. People are breathing easier; they walk a little taller too with their new feelings of confidence and accomplishment.
Some of the money saved now goes into the kid’s allowances. Wonder if they’ll save some of their money?