Up until recently, we lived next door to an abandoned house. The prior owners didn't abandon it. Actually, it was the builder and the bank. It was terrible. In the summer, the grass was taller than I am (now granted, I am short — but still, taller than me). When we would take the kids for a walk around the block, we would actually have to carry them through the jungle that was taking over the sidewalk in front of their house. It was obvious that a landscaping company had not been called to take care of the mess. How did that effect our lawn care? Well, we ended up with a ton of weeds in our yard, since nobody took care of theirs. Being next door, the seeds just worked their way over. At times, it seemed like we had more dandelions than we had grass. All I can say is thank goodness for company like TruGreen. They step in and take care of problem like we had. My neighbor across the street uses them and only has good things to say! Nothing is worse than when you take care of your lawn, and you start have problems because of your crappy neighbors. (That being said, we actually have a new neighbor now, and they are really nice. They also take care of the grass).
How do you keep your grass nice? Do you use a service or do you take care of it yourself?