Conserve Fuel - Grow a Forest OR Can't see the Forest through the Grass?

tall grass - this is getting a bit too tall for my pleasure!
@Modestah (11192)
United States
May 20, 2008 4:06pm CST
Gas is to the point now that my husband is having a difficult time justifying cutting the grass. Maybe he is waiting for it to be knee high and cut it all down at once rather than once a week. We've had a lot of rain and sunshine so it is growing quite well. my mother and father had the right idea, I think, when they killed all their grass and laid down colorful stones instead for their yard. It looks real attractive and they do not waste any water or fuel in its upkeep. Can you relate to not mowing? is it because of the fuel crunch that has you with tall grass or is it the abhorance of mowing? I love to mow, but when I asked for the key the other day was told NO! I was not to mow. whoops!
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
21 May 08
I love to mow the grass, and I've been spending a lot of money on gas for my tractor. I used to cut the grass more often, like maybe every 4 or 5 days during the fast growing time, but now I won't cut it more than once a week. I've got one of those old non motorized push mowers. I've been thinking of trying that, but I probably wouldn't be able to get much of the grass done. I could probably get really skinny cutting grass that way.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
21 May 08
I think those old reel type mowers are the funnest to use! but, they only work on level ground - won't be very successful at the task where I live. You are right, would burn a LOT of calories covering the acres with one of those.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
22 May 08
Thanks for best response.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
20 May 08
I don't do my own mowing. It's too time consuming and I have knees and legs that are getting bad. My neighbor has been hired to do it and I think he is waiting a few more days inbetween which is fine with me as the cost of the mow job went up with the price of gas....and I don't mind paying him at all...he does a wonderful job and more!
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
20 May 08
I am thinking we might want to get a goat or sheep to help keep the grass trimmed! that spring horse in the picture just is not doing very much grazing.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
20 May 08
I grew up on a farm and my parents always had sheep to do it. We had such a big yard that dad would put them on one side of the driveway for so many days....then move the across. They did a good job!
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• United States
20 May 08
Modestah, we are only mowing once every 2 weeks this year as well. Before the end of the summer it might be once a month. Outrageous you have to decide gas for the mower or a gallon of milk for the kids.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
20 May 08
I am thinking the gallon of milk lasts a wee bit longer.
• United States
20 May 08
You would be right too :)))
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
22 May 08
Hi, I cant say that I love to mow the grass. It is one of those unfortunate chores that must be done. I usually put it off for as long as I can before I get the lawn mower out. My lawn mower is electric so I cant really use the gas excuse. I guess that means I am sunk! :) cheers,
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
20 May 08
I don't do my own mowing. It's too time consuming and I have knees and legs that are getting bad. My neighbor has been hired to do it and I think he is waiting a few more days inbetween which is fine with me as the cost of the mow job went up with the price of gas....and I don't mind paying him at all...he does a wonderful job and more!
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
20 May 08
I know what you mean gas is getting so high that its getting hard enough to go places,yet mow the lawn,my dad who cuts our grass,has gotten to where he only does it like once a month,just to try and save money.
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@ladyljs (1303)
• United States
20 May 08
Maybe we should think about developing hybrid lawn mowers or mowers that get 35 miles to the gallon...LOL! I have close to 2 acres that I mow. My riding lawn mower does pretty well on gas...it takes about 2 gallons to mow it all, but if gas gets any higher I may decide not to mow some of it! Its a real quandry!
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
20 May 08
Hmmm. When my folks lived in Florida, there were lots of people with colored rocks in their front yards instead of grass. I don't think our township would go for that. And they don't want grass getting higher than 6 inches, so you have to mow. My hubby has an electric mower. I hate it and would never try using it ('cause I'm sure I would run over the electrical cord). But maybe it's better at this time. Except when it's raining too much. Can't use it with wet ground.
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