Joy of Lawn Mowing

lawnMowing(#2 in my Joyful July Series).

Joy is mowing my own lawn.   We used to have a lawn service do it because Cee thought I had enough on my plate without that.  Maybe she was right, because I was always late doing it, and then I had to deal with a mini-jungle.  But though her intentions were good, I didn’t like the results.  The lawn guys would descend on us, with all their turbo-charged gas powered mowers and edgers and blowers.  The testosterone flew, along with every living thing that got in its way.  The first couple of times they came, the yard looked incredible.  But as the growing season got into full swing and they picked up more contracts, they raced through the yard, bending the little fences around the flower beds, pulling up emerging bulbs along with weeds, breaking off flower tops and spraying weed killer after I told them I didn’t want any chemicals put on the yard.  Plus they hauled off all the grass clippings!  I use a mulching mower so that the grass goes back on the yard as fertilizer.

The final straw came the day they blew all the flowers off my best azalea.  It was gorgeous; a full mound of magnificent flowers.  But in their jest to blow all the grass clippings away, they also denuded my pretty blooms.  My neighbor’s yards looked like someone had held a wedding there, with pink flower petals strewn all over.

We fired the lawn service.

Now I have the joy of mowing my own yard again, and I’m fussing over it.  The exercise is good for me, too.  It doesn’t take that long, and I like making it look beautiful.  Ah, the little joy of mowing.

Time to go finish my edging.  Enjoy your day!


(Disclaimer:  I don’t own a riding mower and I would never cut my grass that low.  It’s not good for it because it gets too dried out.  I just liked the smiley face idea.  🙂 )

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10 thoughts on “Joy of Lawn Mowing

  1. I would hire you in a heart beat! The yard and I have a very fragile relationship. I mow only because I hate the jungle look more than mowing … and I refuse to use the trimmer because I’m sure it was invented by the devil himself.
    The weeds and I are currently in a draw but the balance is about to shift in their favour when I go on vacation next week. I’m trying to remember why I looked forward to summer …. right, The Great Winter of 2014 … BRRRRR

    • Which is exactly why we are replacing the grass with plants that suit the climate and that will become a peaceful habitat for us and the birds. This year I have to do a lot of watering to encourage everything to take root and grow hardy, but next year we’ll see them start to fill out. I’m excited at the prospect.

      • From the photos Cee posted, it looks like you’ve done something similar to what we did in our (very small) front yard a couple of years ago. I love it. It looks great and is low maintenance.
        Unfortunately the REST of the yard isn’t!

  2. Something you & I do not share – I always hated cutting the lawn & really dislike getting dirt under my nails, so gardening was not fun either. Even if I wore gloves, dirt would somehow always get under my nails. We live in an apt. now & they have a lawn service. They descend on us at 7 a.m. on a Monday or Friday morning, waking me up & stirring up my allergies. Not a big fan at all!

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