2 weeks ago we purchased a mulcher/chipper off craigslist. It was only $200 but it gets even cheaper when you get your neighbors to split it with you. It needed a little work but as long as it takes gas and not electric powered The Husband has got it covered. Over the next few weekends ill start to cut the yard back. Everything looks nice right now so I might wait a few more weeks.
Plus I think the neighbors have visitation this weekend.