I don't consider myself an expert in this field, but I try to take my time and mow with enough care so that the end result is a decent looking lawn. Since I got into the business, I find myself noticing properties I don't mow, particularly those done by the owner. I was just wondering what the quality of work done by the average homeowner is in your area. Around here IT SUCKS! I mow a 2 acre home property just up the road from my house. It is one of the nicer homes in the immediate area, but has basically no formal landscaping, so the turf is basically the focal point of the property. The house on the west is also a really nice home, the one on the east is an older, completely remodelled home. The place to the west actually has better grass than the place I mow, but the guy (a retired pilot) likes to let it get about 10-12 inches high before he mows. Since he mows with a larger Craftsman, it ends up looking like a hayfield with the windrows. He seldom trims around the end of the culvert under the driveway. I mow the other side, although it actually is on his property, because it is easier to just go all the way to his drive than to stop mowing in the ditch, so at least one side always looks OK. The guy on the other side mows more frequently, but I don't think he understands the concept of blade sharpening. I think the one he is using now is a little bent, also, so that the whole yard has those little ridges in it. Actually, all the places on both sides of these, with the exception of one, look like crap most of the time. One is a church. I suspect it is either the preacher or one of the parishioners who mows with a Toro Timecutter. Nothing wrong with that, but he only mows about every 3 weeks, so for the entire interim, you have windrowed grass cuttings lying on top of the growing grass. The one person who does a really neat job on his yard, mows with a 21, but cuts it way too short. His yard will be deader than a doornail shortly with the dry weather. One thing about it, this sure makes my work look good.