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Rick Ross cuts his own 235-acre lawn to avoid paying $1million a year and who can blame him?


Rick Ross desperately wants to be Rich Forever and so had decided to cut his own grass to avoid paying a hefty $1million (£708,000) for a landscaper.

The Aston Martin Music rapper owns a sprawling mansion in Georgia that previously belonged to boxer Evander Holyfield. Ross bought the property in 2014 for a cool $5.8m (£4.1m) and, he certainly got his money’s worth, as it boasts 109 rooms as well as the biggest swimming pool in the US with 350,000 gallons of water.

Despite the expansive 235-acres of land, the 45-year-old takes pride in mowing his own lawn. However, Ross isn’t risking the Georgian heat with a pair of gardening scissors – he has his own custom-made tractor, of course, which features tinted windows, air conditioning and a radio.

Speaking to Forbes, the rapper explained: ‘When I bought the Fayetteville estate, locals would see me walk out of a restaurant and scream, “You know Holyfield spent $1m a year to cut the grass”. So I decided that I was gonna cut my own grass. And that’s what I did.’

He continued: ‘I went down to John Deere and asked to see the biggest tractor, the most efficient tractor. I told them I had 200-plus acres that I wanted to keep cut, and they pointed out the right tractor.

‘I bought it right then and there. I bought the extended attachment on the back that would cut even wider. Once I got it back home, I filled it up with gas.’

‘I may have sat in the same spot for two hours before I got everything working, but once I got it going, I didn’t stop. I cut grass for about five hours,’ he added.

Taking up his own landscaping has become more than a hobby – or necessity – for Ross, who said he finds ‘a whole other level of peace’ when he’s in his tractor and is able to connect with the estate and the animals he has on the grounds, including horses.

He revealed that he enjoys sitting in the tractor with his ‘cannabis rolled up’ and admiring his estate, while musing over his struggles and triumphs.

‘It’s the smallest thing, but it keeps a smile on my face,’ he said, also advising others to cut their own grass so they can bask in the ‘peaceful sensation’.

Ross clearly enjoys the finer things in life – he’s probably lost count of the amount of Ferraris parked in his garage – but he equally loves shopping in antique stores where he finds ‘beautiful things that cost $8 (£5.70) or $20 (£14)’.

Eagle-eyed fans might recognise Ross’ mansion as it was the palace featured in Eddie Murphy’s recent sequel Coming 2 America.

Credit: Original article published here.

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