Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Push Mower

Grass in our lawn never takes a vacation.  We went away, but the lawn stayed home, got drunk on rain and reached for the sky.  Well, seven inches is not the sky, but you know what I mean.
The power end of the mower





So as soon as it could be stuffed into the Things I get to do today, I mowed the lawn.  It was damp and supposed to rain. Tall grass is difficult.  Wet, tall grass is close to impossible.  And it did, indeed, rain.  But I've got one of those mowers that isn't broken unless I am.

Well-coated with long, wet grass






Trusty piece of equipment it is. Never runs out of gas, or oil, or breaks the starter cord, or has a dead battery, or picks up rocks or wire bits and hurtles them dangerously at the unsuspecting. Nope, this mower goes when I say go and stops when I need a rest. But mowing the lanky green was very hard work.  Fortunately, it's done now. The henny pennies have small mountains of clippings to hunt, peck and scratch through. In a few days, we'll cycle this job through the "get to do today" list to clean it up proper like when the rain takes a break. But for now the old push mower performed beautifully.

8 comments:

  1. I want to get a push mower!

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    1. The mower makes me and the environment feel good every time I use it--especially when I hear the roar of the gas mowers in the neighborhood. Go for it!

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  2. Your grass is soo happy- it never stopped growing and I bet you have some horse tails coming up somewhere-- cause I see lots of them on my side of the world.
    love
    tweedles

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    1. You are so right, Tweedles. And yes, I have horse tails in my garden beds, in my flower beds, in rock pathways. They don't make me as happy the other plants.

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  3. We have way too much grass to cut to use this, but my grandmother had one, and I used to love to push it around her yard, which made her very happy!

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    1. Used to have a big lawn. On a city lot there is a natural limit, and a push mower has a chance. My grandmother's push mower was nearly impossible to move. Mowers have improved a bit over the years.

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  4. I love mine! Have you tips for sharpening, though? Mine needs a bit of that.

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    1. You bet! Take it to a small engine/power mower place and have it done professionally. Or go on line and watch a You Tube of how to do it right. I don't mess with mine.

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