The transition from renting to owning includes a laundry list of responsibilities that now have to be given attention, or you’re asking for trouble. Here in South Dakota, the biggest culprits are mowing in the summer and snow removal in the winter. Because SD traditionally has four seasons, you can add planting a garden in the spring and clearing leaves in the fall, but both are those are much more niche.
All this is to say, the first week of owning a home, we purchased our first lawn mower.
The debate was short when considering new versus used. There’s options around on Craigslist or what not to save a ton of money to take someone else’s deal, butI wanted to start fresh. I figure as much of a chore mowing can be, I might as well have a tool that will help make the experience more pleasant than a possible hindrance. The lawn mower choice was an interesting one: I went against the self-propelled option for two reasons: 1. the cheaper price, and 2. it’s more of a workout. Pushing the mower requires a bit more energy, and it’s been a good Saturday morning sweat the past few weeks. We’re not talking about a life-changing energy expenditure, but I think the small things add up from time to time, and being a desk jockey Monday through Friday, any extra exercise won’t hurt.
The first time mowing my lawn took me roughly 47 minutes. I timed myself because I was curious for future planning purposes and to set a pace. Since then, I’ve mowed four more times and I believe I’m clocking in at roughly 40 minutes each go. I have found that I really enjoy mowing. Dealing with the grass afterwords is a chore, but the process of cutting and shaping my lawn has been quite fun. It is hard not to take a certain amount of pride in my work when it is all said and done.
Looking forward, I think it’d be fun to cut some baseball type lines into my front/side yard. If I had tons of free time I can see cutting some weaves and what not. Unfortunately I do not foresee a time where I want to spare an extra hour or two for a silly gimmick (especially considering it probably takes a ton of skill to pull it of correctly, and my lines are probably less than straight), especially since I’m guessing that this feature would only be amusing to me.
Due to an overall lack of precipitation in 2012, and the lawn getting less attention than necessary, as the previous owners spent the summer trying to sell the house in 2013, I am looking forward to working more on the lawn next summer. I want to do a few things to help keep it green and full to make it more fun for L (and for us!) to play in. Right now, there’s some definite rough spots, and the grass is a bit more rough than I really want.
As I learn more about lawn care, I look forward to sharing with you what works and does not work, but for now, do you have any tricks or tips to share for this lawn-care newbie?