Mow the lawn

United States
June 3, 2009 2:03pm CST
Do you have a lawn to mow? How do you mow it? Before we moved we had a very large lawn to mow. It really needed a ride on mower, but we didn't have one, we had to use a push mower, the self propelled kind. It took quite a while, but we'd normally take turns. I'd mow some, hubby would mow some, and my oldest son would mow some... he really liked doing that. Now we have a much smaller yard, and we didn't bring our lawn mower with us because we didn't expect to have to mow our own yard in a trailer park... pfft! Apparently we do, and don't have a mower. Hubby is thinking about getting a motorless mower, or a tool that has a long stick and a flat blade at the bottom... I forgot what that's called. We could almost even just use a weed eater. We don't have much lawn to mow, so we'd just need something small that won't take up too much space in our already over-crowded shed! Who mows your lawn? What do you use to mow it?
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15 responses
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
4 Jun 09
Now take this advice Kat! The tool with the long stick and the blade may be called a machette or cutlass. Not a good thing to have around children. I know as my first son at 9 years old wne tinto the bush with a cutlass (left my one of the workers duringa lunch break) and cut off the tip of his finger. If it is a machette then keep away from this. So dangerous - dangerous even for men to use unless they have been taught to use it properly. We may not be talking about the same tool though. Go with a weeedwacker but get a strong one. The less expensive ones do not last for any length of time. I am lucky as I live in an closed community and pay a maintenance fere that covers the lawn being mowed once a month. They mow the lawn, use weedwacker around the edges and rake up.
• United States
4 Jun 09
I think it's actually called a Sithe. I have a shed with a padlock on it, which is where I'd keep it. The only one aside from me and hubby that goes in the shed is my 12 year old, and he needs my permission to do so because I have the key to the lock. I never just leave it open or unattended either because I'd forget to relock it!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
4 Jun 09
I wish that I had a shed - that's somethiung I am working on. Is the blade of a sithe curverd? and it is used for billing grass? I think that I have seen in in the U.K. but not out here.
@meandmy3 (2228)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I would if my husband would not scream at the top of his lungs about my doing so. Since the kids were born I have not touched a lawn mower. When we moved from Chicago to Georgia we hired someone to do it for us. We have a rather large hill in our front yard that would be dangerous for me to try and cut with my ankle injury etc. So a lawn service mows our lawn and takes care of our shurbs etc. now had he only hired one that looked like the lawn boy from Desperate Housewives (the first season) now that would have been nice, but no I have the overweight white guy cutting my grass and yes he takes his shirt off.
• United States
3 Jun 09
Darn, there's no emote to make it look like I'm gonna puke! We use to live across from a 70 year old fat guy who'd take his shirt off to mow his lawn. Ew! I always enjoyed mowing the lawn, it was good excersize. Glad I had the help though cause after 15 minutes I'd had enough.
@meandmy3 (2228)
• United States
3 Jun 09
Yes it is fairly disgusting. I am like you I enjoyed cutting the grass, back in the day that is, now I am not sure I would have the time. Our yard is not exactly small and it takes three guys three to four hours to get it completed.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
4 Jun 09
We have a regular push lawn mower..I think it is self propelled. Usually my husband does the lawn but I used to help him. Eventually he wants to teach the boys so they can help but I am scared they are still too young. Just last night on the news a little boy a few towns away from us had his foot completely severed by a lawnmower and Dr. could not reattach it. I cringe at the thought. He was alot smaller than my boys and wasn't even pushing the mower..his Grandfather was but it still makes me cringe to think of that happening to any child let alone mine.
• United States
4 Jun 09
How old are your kids? My son started mowing the lawn when he was 10... it was actually his 10th birthday.. he was literally begging us! So we let him, but we both watched closely. We didn't let him start it, we'd start it and he'd push it while at least one of us stayed nearby. Thankfully he never had an accident. My neighbor thought he was too young too, she had older boys and they didn't even mow their lawn. But another neighbor's boy started mowing his lawn around that age. I guess it varies per parent.
@gemini_rose (16194)
9 Jun 09
I have *bliss* absolutely no lawn to mow at all. Its wonderful, every house I have ever had was grass garden and I hated it. I suffer with hayfever and so having grass and mowing it was just awful so I was well chuft when I saw the garden here with no lawn whatsoever!!
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
6 Jun 09
Unfortunately we have not filled up every barest bit of space with something yet, no xD so we do have grass to mow. Half of it we mow with the reel mower and the other half we have a little riding mower for. We like to collect the cut grass and use it as a gardening supply since the sun here can be really harsh (we use the grass to keep in moisture where things're vulnerable)...and to help build our compost. My dad mostly does the riding mower, as none of us like it. The rest of us will use the reel mower because it's good exercise and a good thing to kill time on in the afternoon (and over the next few days, we collect the grass in the wheelbarrow).
@Beenice (237)
• Canada
4 Jun 09
We have 1.81 acres and we tried to turn our lawn problem into garden.Our lawnmower is a battery powered one and you have to have 2 batteries to keep up with the size of lawn we got. So last year our battery was not doing too great, so this year we decided to get another new battery to help. But it would need really a tractor mower. But too expensive and it take gas.
• United States
4 Jun 09
Before we moved we barely had any sort of yard to mow we still had to but it took maybe five minutes to finish but since we moved we have a little bit of a bigger yard so it takes a bit longer to get it all mowed. We still just have a push mower, the yard isn't big enough for a riding mower but it now takes about 20 minutes to half an hour to get it all mowed down. We have been getting a lot of rain here lately so the grass has gone unmowed for about a week so I am going to go out today and mow it for my husband...he usually does it but I told him I would do it today as long as he opened the garage for me because I can't get the garage door open...I am too weak LOL
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
4 Jun 09
you can get a manual mower pretty cheap - take a look on craigslist. my son is now old enough to mow ours but i used to enjoy it. we have a small gas mower
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
4 Jun 09
My husband takes care of the lawn, edging and shrubs, which he really enjoys, while I take care of the flowerbeds. He has a riding mower now because we have a larger yard and it gets pretty hot down here in Florida. My youngest daughter used to help him from time to time but he really prefers doing it himself. He says it's relaxing.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Jun 09
"Honey, the lawn needs to be mowed." Actually he just does it. We have a gas powered mower...
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
3 Jun 09
i never have to mow the lawn because my house doesn't have any garden... it is just a small backyard... and we couldn't be bothered to mow it since me and my hubby just don't have much time... both of us are working full time and already feel very tired by the time we reached home... so we just leave our backyard as it is... take care and have a nice day...
@kalaga (550)
• United States
3 Jun 09
we started mowing lawn recently.it is a must.first time we mowed from outside services.but then bought one mower and started mowing.first time is very tough.knowing all the things about mowing and edging takes lot of time and practice.atlast second time it was a bit easy.but came to know that the trimmer is not that good.but i guess it takes time to get used to it also.anyway best of luck.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
3 Jun 09
My nephew mows mine. I can't do as much as I used to, so I hired him to come do it for me every week. My yard isn't all that big, but the back yard is like running an obstacle course because I have plots here and there with vegetables growing in them, along with flowers.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
we used to mow before. i cant forget it because we do have our own grasscutter. i dont know what happen to that. hehehe.. we dont have much grassess, its all flowers around the house..
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I hire mine done and that's the way I like it....ah huh....I am older but not that old but still in all have problems with my knees...so my neighbor does it with his grandson. He charges me a nominal fee and in return he mows both our yards at the same time so they both look good....that is a pay off for him who is very fussy about his yard!