Hello, I haven't been happy with the level of care that I have been getting on my yard maintenance. I have a half acre of relatively flat property. Mostly I have grass and do not have many obstacles to go around. For $250 per month the maintenance company has been essentially mowing and blowing. I have a small bank of iceplant on the side of the house that they trimmed about once a month to keep it off of the sidewalk and about 20-30 pygmy palms that they trimmed about once a month. They would mow once a week and do a little trimming as well. What I want to do is start doing this myself. I think that I can mow every week though my walk behind (push) craftsman mower needs the grass catcher emptied about 20 times. This is a pain and probably takes more time than the mowing alone. So right now I spend $3000 per year for maintenance. Knowing that I want to make it easy and not back breaking should I go for a ride mower/tractor or a better walk behind model? How mch easier are the ride on mowers? Do you find that you can't get close enough to fences, etc and have to go back over those spots with a push mower? Right now I know I want a decent blower and some sort of string trimmer/edger. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!