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The Real Cost of an Enviable Lawn

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-06-21T15:54:22Z

Photograph by Christopher Hope-Fitch/Getty Images

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No matter how much you tend to your looks, a bad haircut can ruin it all. Same with the lawn. Mow too short, and the grass can turn brown. Mow with dull blades, and the grass becomes susceptible to disease. Best bet: Use a self-propelling motorized mulching mower. You don't need to push, and it cuts the grass finely, creating compost that acts as fertilizer. Plus, you don't have to rake it all up.

$849: Honda 21" Variable Speed Self-Propelled Electric Start Gas Mower --Home Depot

Running Tally: $6,479