Splendor In The Grass

With all of the rain that came last week, it provided me with a great excuse for not working in the yard. Everyone knows you can’t cut wet grass (at least not with the zero horsepower, used mower that I currently own). So as the rain came down, I stared out of the window thinking of all the other things I could get done since I wasn’t working in the yard, and how thankful I was to Mother Nature for her never-ending water supply. But alas, the day of reckoning was just around the corner…

Fast forward to this week. I was ready for yard work. Or so I thought I was ready. One thing I didn’t factor into my good fortune from the previous week, was how high the grass actually was. Wow. There was even a deer that had started grazing in my backyard. I fired up my mower, and apparently it didn’t realize how high the grass was either. After a few passes, the mower died; I actually think I saw it smirking at me.

Thank goodness for great neighbors. I was able to borrow a 9 horsepower, double-sized mower. While I was able to cut my lawn in half the time, by the time I finished cutting my lawn, the lawn of the vacant house next door, edging/trimming, cleaning flower beds and fertilizing, I felt as though I had been wrestling a dinosaur. Not to mention that in the heat of the job, I had forgotten to take my allergy medicine. What a day!

Since Summer is upon us, here are a few tips that I hope will help you keep your yard beautiful without stressing yourself out. Moving forward, I will definitely take my own advice. For now, I’m taking this mower to the shop.

1. Check your lawn & garden equipment prior to the time of your first cut. Refill all fluids as needed.

2. Make sure you have plenty of lawn/garbage bags on hand for grass clippings and leaves.

3. Clean your gutters and make sure they are clear of leaves and debris.Use fertilizer/weed control to rid your lawn of weeds. Do not over fertilize.

4. Cut hanging tree limbs and trim shrubs.

5. Don’t cut your grass too low. Cutting and trimming every 7-10 days will make your job a lot easier.

6. Take allergy medication (if needed) and be sure to stay hydrated.


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