One of the best ways to keep on the non-harried side is to reduce your to-do list. One way to do that with yard work is to keep your grass as tall as you can for your grass type. I tend to cut on the highest or second to highest setting on our mower. This is much better for the lawn (see numerous references) and cuts down on the number of times you need to mow. We have cool-season grasses where we live, and they do really well with a higher cut, like 3-4 inches tall. Remember, you aren’t cultivating a golfing green (you’re not doing that right?).
It also keeps the weeds down to a manageable level, so you need to spend less time weeding & spreading various chemicals, assuming you care about that sort of thing (I go back and forth). It requires less water, which means less, or no time watering the lawn.
And please! Don’t bag your grass, or even worse, rake the clippings.
Good gravy! If you’re raking grass clippings, you are doing way too much work. It’s better for the lawn to just leave them in place (see same references above). The only time to cut short & bag the clippings is if you are going to be overseeding the lawn. Or maybe if you are about to have a party on the lawn and don’t want the clippings clinging to your guests’ fine dinner wear.
“But Mike! I already know this. Everyone knows to keep their grass long.”
Not so! I have seen many cases of people cutting their grass short and bagging or raking it. Their lawns cry out in despair.
This is one of the magical times where doing less work results in better outcomes, so take advantage of that fact. Sip lemonade on your front porch as your neighbor cuts the grass low every few days, rakes the clippings, and drags them off to some pile that will get all slimy and weird.