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So, I know what you'll all say, but I've discovered that mowing with a powered lawn mower is da bomb. I mean, I haven't used a motorized mower for, lessee... 20 years. I've been using a reel mower:
reel mower, not 'real'
But, ya know, pushing a spiral blade through knee-high grass for hours in the 100 degree and 100% humidity Kansas summer is just asking for a coronary. So, praise be adammaker for letting me use his mower in exchange for storing it until he buys himself another house. Wow, but does that take all the pain and drudgery out of mowing! Now I can mow our entire (not huge, but big enough) yard in less than an hour, including mowing through the encroaching gardens and dumping the collected clippings into collection bags for recycling.

The foot hurts after stomping around behind the mower for that long, but if I had to push our reel mower around to mow the grass right now; well, let's just say the house would be hidden in a forest of elephant grass.

Chris

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jaylake
May. 1st, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
Dude, Rancho Lake has exactly 0 square feet of grass, being as how the Senior Upstairs Tenant has turned the entire lot into gardens, including the park strips between sidewalk and curb. So I can only experience the pleasures of mowing vicariously...
mckitterick
May. 1st, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
Oooh, that sounds like the way to go. Rock garden, in fact.

Chris
geekmom
May. 1st, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
We've been plotting ways to get rid of as much lawn as possible. We're thinking patio in back, landscaping in front.

Lawn is wasted in Kansas, home of the chiggers. ;-(
mckitterick
May. 2nd, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
Soooo true.

Chris
jamer_31
May. 2nd, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
i use one of those real mowers(and wish i didnt) but i use it in combo with a weed wacker. yay and really fun.
clevermanka
May. 3rd, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
I've never understood the appeal of green grass and a well-manicured lawn. Give me ground cover or, as noted above, a rock garden.

Thanks for mowing, though. Short grass = fewer bugs.
emessar
May. 3rd, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
I've been using a reel mower for the last five years. It seems to do okay as long as the ground is level and the grass isn't too high. First time I mow each year, I let it go too long and have to do the whole thing with a weed wacker. Luckily I have a small yard.

It takes a little longer to actually mow the yard, but I justify it as time not spent pulling a damn ripcord or tinkering with the mechanics. Just push.
starstraf
May. 4th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
I had a reel mower but I like my new mower much better his name is Jack
mckitterick
May. 5th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
;-)

Chris
woadwarrior
May. 6th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
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