By Dirk Zeller

Some people find mowing the lawn, raking leaves, and planting flowers relaxing, even therapeutic. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, lawn work can add hours to your weekly home maintenance responsibilities, and it’s the type of task your neighbors won’t be too happy about if you neglect it for long.

Why torture yourself when you can hire someone else to do it? You can have a well-manicured lawn that all the neighbors will envy — and the time to enjoy its dandelion-free beauty.

The sophistication of services ranges from the neighbor kid eager to make some summer money to the landscaper maneuvering a machine that looks like it could compete in a monster truck show. Ask your friends who they use for yard work, elicit high school or college age kids, or even look in the nickel ads or on Craigslist to find someone who can fill this role.

In terms of pick-up and delivery, businesses today are light years past pizza and diaper service. The list of personal business you can take care of without getting in your car gets longer every day. You can have your dry cleaning picked up and delivered for just a few dollars extra. It’s worth the cost because the time you’d spend driving it to and from the cleaners (when you remember) is worth far more than a few bucks. Schedule the pickups so you don’t have to do anything but hand over your dirty shirts and wait for them to be returned, clean and pressed.

Even as more businesses add pickup and delivery services, courier companies are popping up in communities nationwide to transport merchandise to and from your door. Whether you need to get a contract to a client across town today or simply can’t swing by the jewelers to pick up that anniversary gift before meeting your spouse for dinner in two hours, call on a courier service to come to the rescue.