If you’re lucky enough to keep working from home or have an at-home business, you may find that you have nothing to do during your lunch hour.
Maybe you’ve been sitting at your desk since 7 a.m., and it’s now noon, but you don’t feel like doing anything but taking a nap. And you’re tired of catnapping in the afternoon.
What could get you outside for an hour? You could use your lunch hour to help someone in need with their lawn mowing or cleaning up their landscaped areas.
You Love the Outdoors, But You Don’t Have Enough To Do?
If you live in a city and have a small backyard garden, you may be able to maintain it on
the weekends. During your WFH (work from home) lunch hour, you tend to watch TV or play a video game.
Why waste a beautiful day by staying inside for an entire workday? Why not see if your neighbor down the street needs help with watering their perennials or weeding their flowerbeds?
Depending on where you live, you may have strict HOA rules about homeowners’ landscapes and lawns. But what happens if someone is going for medical treatment that saps their strength or the older couple who can’t bend down to pull weeds anymore?
You can make a difference in your neighbors’ lives when you use your lunch hour to
mow their lawn, pull up weeds, and put down mulch.
Also, if your senior neighbors don’t have in-ground lawn sprinklers or drip irrigation, you can help them by watering their porch plants and keeping them on the right side of your HOA.
8 Benefits of Using Your Lunch Hour to Help Others with Their Landscaping
When you reach out to help your neighbors with lawn and landscaping jobs that they can’t do anymore, you’ll reap the benefits as well. Maybe not in the form of payment, but there are eight other benefits to consider:
1. If you love to garden and tend your flowerbeds, you can use your talents and skills to benefit your neighbors’ property.
2. You feel good moving your body after sitting in a chair for the first half of the day. Americans need to move their bodies more, and sitting is the new smoking. Reverse the adverse effects of sitting by mowing someone’s lawn.
3. Any little bit helps, so do what you can. While you may not have a green thumb, every little bit helps someone who is homebound to keep their property looking its best—especially if you live in an HOA.
4. You feel good when you practice altruism. According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, altruism is unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others. It feels good to give of yourself to help someone in need.
5. You’ll feel energized for the second half of your workday. You can avoid that mid-day slump when you’re outside weeding, trimming, and mowing. You’ll feel invigorated to start that new project after working outside for an hour.
6. If you have landscape design skills, you can create a focal point that your neighbor can easily see from inside their home.
Of course, you need to ask your neighbor if they want you to design and build a focal point. But a tree, fountain, or flowerbed that someone can see from inside their home can encourage them daily.
7. You have the flexibility to help out. One of the benefits of WFH is you can help someone in need any day of the week. You don’t have to deal with a long commute, so you have more energy and time to help others with outdoor chores.
8. While you won’t receive payment, you’re still beautifying someone’s property. You also benefit by getting a thank you and a new friend.
I Want to Mow Your Lawn Needs Volunteers
At I Want to Mow Your Lawn, we get 13-15 clients daily who need mowed lawns, or their landscapes tended to. If you work at home, would you consider volunteering with our non-profit?
Register to be a volunteer at our sign-up page if you want to help your neighbors who need lawn and landscaping help. You can learn more about our volunteering needs at our website, I Want to Mow Your Lawn.
|Wendy Komancheck owns the Landscape Writer where she writes business blogs and web content for lawn care, landscaping, and garden design companies. Guest blogs quarterly with I Want To Mow Your Lawn Inc. You can reach her at 717-381-6719, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out her contact form|
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