On the occasion of the completion of the 25th mowing of my lawn this season, I ask you to consider embracing mowing for a happier life.
I suspect there are some who look down on those of us who will admit that we enjoy mowing the lawn. They are probably shaking their heads right now and getting ready to hit the “delete” key on this post.
Perhaps they think we are some kind of faux gardeners, those of us who enjoy mowing. That we are not yet enlightened on the joys of either hiring a mowing crew to mow for us or completely obliterating our lawns so we never have to mow again.
They think we don’t get “it”.
But I’m still standing by, and on, my lawn. I think it is a wonderful backdrop to the rest of the garden, a place to look to rest your eyes, a sea of green that is calming and cooling.
I embrace mowing.
It’s good exercise! I could walk on a treadmill, ride a stationary bike or even jog around the block while a mowing crew mowed my lawn. But where would I be when I was done? Right where I started but with less money in my pocket.
It’s good think time! I’ve mowed my lawn so many times that I could probably mow it with my eyes closed, so while I’m mowing, I’m thinking about a lot of things, and not just about reducing the size of my lawn. I’m solving problems, making lists, and writing entire blog posts, like this one, in my head.
It’s a money saver! If you are going to have a lawn, it is cheaper to mow it yourself than to pay a mowing crew, at least around here. All that money I save can be used to buy plants for the garden.
It’s relaxing! Or it can be if you embrace it and just get out there and enjoy the exercise and fresh air.
And I’m thankful every time I mow the lawn that I still have the stamina, knees, and strength to mow my own lawn, and I hope I can do so for many more decades.
But even I, with an avatar featuring a woman in a long white dress mowing a lawn, would like to dig up some of her lawn (not all of it) and add another planting bed.
I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, but had some other areas of the garden that needed more attention, so I worked on those garden beds first.
But now that those beds are more or less straightened out, it is time to dig a new planting bed along this fence.
As I mow, I’ve been contemplating how to remove the sod. Till it in? Smother it with newspapers, compost, and mulch? Nuke it with Round Up and then dig it up? Dig it out section at a time by hand? Hire someone to do it at a cost of close to $1,000?
This bed will be approximately 64 feet long and since it will curve around those trees to include them in the bed, it’s width will vary from five feet to maybe 15 feet, so it is a lot to dig up.
But since we’ve gotten so much rain this year, it is too wet to dig right now, so I have time to decide how to do it.
In the meantime, I’m going to continue to embrace mowing and celebrate the 25th mowing of my lawn this year at May Dreams Gardens.