Having a nice, clean and tidy garden is high on the priority list for many Aussies but a picture perfect yard comes with a lot of hard work and who really wants to spend their time plodding around outside?
From planting trees and flowers, to watering veggie gardens and pulling weeds, it takes a lot of effort to keep up a pristine appearance. However, many would agree that one of the most hated garden tasks is mowing the lawn, with some people only reaching for the mower when the grass begins to creep up towards their knees.
While they probably have more time than others, a recent survey by Jim’s Mowing franchise revealed that those aged 65 and over are actually the least enthusiastic generation when it comes to trimming the lawn.
Perhaps it’s because they have just grown sick of doing it for years on end, have downsized to a home without a garden, or maybe they are less physically able than Millennials. But whatever the reason, only 7.5 per cent of respondents in the age group head outside each week to mow their lawn.
It may surprise some, but the 18 to 24-year-olds are apparently the ones who actually grab their mowers the most often, with 26.4 per cent claiming to trim their lawn at least once a week. That’s right, the generation that is considered lazy could be mowing a few times over a seven day period. But is it really necessary to mow that often? Some states don’t even have much sun so the grass doesn’t grow that quickly.
Of all the respondents, just over a fifth said they choose to mow periodically, around one to two times each month. While 16.6 per cent of those surveyed only mow their lawns when absolutely necessary, which is usually less than once a month.
Others really can’t be bothered doing the gardening job themselves, opting to hire someone else to do the dirty work. However, this isn’t usually the 65-plus group with only 8.9 per cent of respondents in this age group choosing this option. Again it’s the Millennials who care for their lawn the most, with 24 per cent admitting to paying another to mow their lawns.