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Yard Work and the Process

This summer in Texas has been brutal for people and plants!  We have paid the city a boat load of money in water fees to keep our lawn from dying in place (DIP).  Being the good neighbors that we are, it is our duty and responsibility to keep our yard well maintained like everyone else on our street and throughout the neighborhood.  That means, among other things, keeping the lawn mowed and neatly edged.  Nothing detracts from a neighborhood’s curb appeal faster than unkempt lawns. 

For most of the summer my youngest son (a high school senior) performed the task of keeping our lawn in order.  He did his best to reinforce and uphold our good neighbor standing.  Near the end of the summer, I again decided to talk and walk him through the steps and processes I consider essential to presenting a good looking and well maintained lawn.  As parents, there are many lessons we are responsible to teach our children.  To me, this is one of those lessons all young boys should know. 

The lesson begins with edging the lawn before bringing the mower out to cut it.  Edge everything; around the house itself, around the trees, around the flowers and the shrubs, along the sidewalk etc.  When this step is completed, we can finally move to the mower and actually cut the lawn.  After mowing each section, it is important to carefully look over the section to ensure the entire area was cut and no blades of grass are sticking up or worse still, entire strips of grass were never mowed.  After the entire lawn has been mowed, it is time to blow the excess grass clippings from the sidewalk and street.  Next, we pick up and dispose of the excess grass clippings.  And finally, we wash down the equipment and put it back in its proper storage location. 

When we take time to consider and study many of the common everyday tasks we perform in life, we can identify a process and the essential steps that must be performed to help ensure success.  Yard work is another of those common everyday tasks that also has a process that leads to a more efficient use of time, no duplication of effort and a better looking end product.  The process, steps and sequence described above work best for me and my household.  The process, steps and sequence you use to perform the same task might be totally different than mine and that’s perfectly OK.  The important thing here is that we recognize and understand that virtually every task we perform has a process and sequenced action steps – Government Contracting is no different.

See you on the high ground!



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