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Tuesday, June 05 2012


I am sorry to report that due to the warm, sunny, humid weather we've been experiencing lately, our current lawn crew simply couldn't keep up with the grass in the yard.

 Hey! Don't laugh!  They are cheap and energy efficient. Unfortunately since we cut back in numbers, and the weather is favorable for grass growth, yesterday I found myself in the most annoying situation of having to mow the yard with a PUSH MOWER!


How the hell did THAT happen?

Now mowing with a push mower is an activity guaranteed to push one to obscenities, (especially if one's ownself is given to frequent trips down that path anyway!)

It starts with well, starting the damned thing.  That requires a fair amount of pulling. This wasn't easy when I was 12 years old. My shoulders are now 48 years old. But while my shoulders may have deteriorated, my command of the Sailor's English Language has improved. Just ask the dogs watchin' me pull that danged cord yesterday.

Suffice it say, after much pulling and cussing, the engine poofed to life and off we went - me and the lawnmower. It is a self-propelled beast. At least it is until I wear the little knobby thingees off the front wheels because I never let go of the stupid handle. I often fail to notice this until the front wheels have dug little ruts in the earth.

So I cruise along, me and the mower, plowing through high grass that chokes out most mowers. (Mine would be one of those mowers too. . .) Thus, in order to make any progress, I must lift the mower, set it down, let it chew, lift the mower, move forward, let it chew, repeat. This is an agonizingly slow process, and is hard on the back and shoulders. This is also a recipe for the invention of new vocabulary words.

And that's when one starts to think about new mowers. Yes!

Yes, we did! 

The start-up cost is pretty hefty, but the maintenance is low. AND it's energy efficient. Not only does it use no gasoline, it uses no power from me whatsoever.


Well, except opening the gate . . .


for the three-horse power lawnmower!

Very little is required from the user except for some monitoring to make sure they leave the water well and the trucks alone. One can simply sit in a lawnchair with a glass of lemonade and mow the yard.


 It's hard work, but somebody has to do it.




Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 10:00 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Hahaha! Love your solution. I discovered one (of two) negatives for this solution, though. When my neighbouring farmer's horse got out and wandered around on my back yard, he left deep holes in the ground. My ground is just too soft for heavy non-wheeled grassmowers. The other problem is one that comes to mind; one that normally involves doggy doodoo bags. ;-)
Posted by Terri's Pal on 06/05/2012 - 04:47 PM
Exactly my method or a son on the end of a whipper snipper (weed wacker). I also chuck a couple of goats and sheep in that eat the non horse stuff such as blackberries or dandelions.My immediate house area is garden but the further out and paddock look very manicured.
Posted by Liz (Vict. Aust) on 06/05/2012 - 06:24 PM
seems like a good solution - saves on ibuprofen, too! maybe you need a goat or two more - or perhaps the Border Collies could learn to manage the mower - teamwork?! or do you just wait til the rain stops?
Posted by clairesmum on 06/05/2012 - 07:58 PM
The Border Collies are never used on the big horses because big horses kick for keeps. (remember Trace's broken leg!) I have used them many times on the Mini Horses (Porch Ponies) at the other house because they flat-ass refused to comply with repeated requests to vacate the yard. Works well!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 06/08/2012 - 09:04 AM

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