Family business offers free lawn care to elderly and disabled

Dakota Allen: 'People should be able to enjoy their lawns, to sit outside, and it’s not overgrown'

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  • From left: Louis Kinnear, Tammy Richards, and Dakota Allen (Photo by Anya Tikka)

By Anya Tikka

— Sometimes everyday tasks, like taking care of your lawn, get to be too much. Maybe you can't do it yourself anymore, whether because of disability, age, or budget.

A family business in Matamoras want to help by providing free lawn care.

Richards Lawncare, run by Tammy Richards and her sons Louis Kinnear, 23, and Dakota Allen, 16, are ready to step in to help.

“I decided to offer free lawn care for the elderly or disabled because I thought we should be there to help people, not just to make money," said Tammy.

Son Dakota echoed her thoughts.

“People should be able to enjoy their lawns, to sit outside, and it’s not overgrown," he said.

Already two years in business, the family trio travels all over the tri-state corner, and can do anything from the actual mowing to barn cleaning to weed whacking, raking, yard waste removal, and spring and fall cleanups.

Linda Otto is really grateful.

“The main thing with her is, I can trust her," she said of Tammy.

Otto, a widow who lives in Sparrowbush, said the first time Tammy and sons cut her lawn, it was free. Since then, the business charges a small amount to maintain her lawn.

“They made my place look like a showcase," said Otto. "I’m very happy with what she’s done."

Otto said Tammy also took care of her kennels, cleaned up her barn, and is capable of doing just about anything in the yard. She knows about dogs.

“You just tell her what needs to be done, and she’ll do it," she said.

Originally the idea for the lawn care business came from Dakota, who’s still in high school, at Delaware Valley. He plans to have a lawn maintenance business of his own one day.

Francine Barone of Gold Key Lakes cares for a child with autism and is unable to take care of her lawn on her own.

“Tammy has helped me with lawn care," Barone wrote in a Facebook message. "She is incredibly sweet."

Son Louis says "it’s a good thing because we can help people who can’t do their own lawns, can’t keep up with their own lawns, and can’t pay anyone. But we have paying jobs too.”

He added, “Nobody does it. None of the big lawn maintenance firms do it. It’s not about the money. I’d rather help people.”

Tammy said she learned vital lessons from her father.

“My dad told me there are two kinds of people: givers and takers," she aid..

Her sons nodded in agreement. Louis added, “First you give, and then you receive. We give and in the end we get back.”

The Richards also do shoveling and snow work in winter.

Richards Lawncare can be contacted at 845-645-7101 or at Facebook page Richards Lawncare.

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