Stapleton Man Ultimately Chooses Nice Lawn Over Spending Time with Kids

lawn over kidsJustin Sifers is like many Stapleton residents, working an office job with limited travel. He works hard to support his family and to make sure he provides his kids with the best opportunity they can afford. Sifers also has his own interests including golf, reading and spending times with friends. One of his biggest passions, however, is yard work. “I really like to have a nice, clean, green lawn,” said Sifers. “I actually like the process of getting rid of the weeds, seeding, watering, fertilizing, the whole thing. I don’t even care that much about the plants in the yard, but the grass needs to be green. So, to do it right, it takes time to make things look the way I am comfortable with.” That time it takes can come at a price.

“We have two kids, and I certainly love spending time with them,” said Sifers. “But, because I have a full-time, stressful job, I don’t have a lot of free time. And the kids of course have their own schedules, so finding time that matches up is hard to do.” In the last year, Justin had been spending a lot of his free time with his kids, which eventually caused his lawn to not be up to his standards. “Weeds started to grow more than what I accept,” said Sifers. “The grass wasn’t mowed as perfectly as I would like, and just wasn’t as green. That time I was spending with my kids was essentially killing my lawn, which is unacceptable.” This spring, Sifers realized he would have to choose between having a nice lawn or spending time with his children. “Your lawn says something about who you are,” said Sifers. “The kids, they seem to be growing fine with just a little of my guidance. Grass doesn’t grow in the same way. It needs constant love, constant attention. So, I decided when given the option between spending time with my kids or working on my lawn, I would have to work on my lawn.” Sifers says he still plans to be a part of his children’s lives, but not if it affects the quality of his lawn. “I love my kids, but a man’s not a man unless he has a nice yard.”

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