I have hired folks to mow and trim and a couple did good work but most wanted to use my mower. They ended up breaking it and it was expensive. There is no one around here that will mow a yard for $20 including the kid down the street. You can use a trimmer but that takes a lot of time too and it doesn't look very good. YOu do well to buy a cheap mower and learn how to maintain it. I buy Toros that are expensive but guaranteed to start...and they do and since Im older I like the ones that pull the mower and me around the yard. I have a lot of yard in my own defense and need to get out there and start mowing again.