In my garden journal entry for today, I can write that I mowed the lawn for the first time this season. The lawn crisis has passed.
No, I did not get my mower back from its spring tune-up. They still have it. No, I did not borrow a mower, as no one I knew well enough to ask if I could borrow their mower had one that was in working order. No, I did not steal a mower!
I bought a spare mower. Not just any spare. A near bottom of the line basic push mower spare. Within 10 minutes of bringing it home, I had unboxed it, straightened out the handle, added the oil, added the gas, and set about mowing the front lawn.
Guess what? This spare isn’t like my other mower. My other mower is a self-propelled, self-pacing mower. You push down on the handle and it purrs along at your walking pace. You merely guide it as it goes forward under its own power. The spare mower doesn’t go anywhere unless you actually push it forward, with your own strength. I had forgotten what it was like to actually push a push mower.
I mowed both the front yard and the back yard. Wasn’t it too wet to mow, with those morning thunderstorms and down pours, you ask? Well, yes, under normal conditions, it was too wet. But it was too tall not to mow it. So, I mowed because tall grass overrides wet ground. The good news is that the sound of my feet squishing through the wet lawn was drowned out by the sound of the mower and it was never actually raining while I was mowing.
I set the mower on its highest setting, and still in some places I was cutting off nearly six inches of grass. I am not exaggerating. This early warm spring has caused the grass to grow at near warp-speed.
I still expect to get my regular mower back Monday. And I’ll pay almost as much for its tune up as I did for the spare mower. But I do love my regular mower, even more so now that I have a spare mower, so it is worth it to keep it in top running condition.
When I do get my mower back, I’ll mow the grass again, this time on its normal setting, which is one notch lower than the highest setting. Then if the grass gets out of control (again), I can mow at the highest setting to get caught up.
But I hope to keep up with the lawn for the rest of the season and not have to mow again at the highest setting. And I hope that I only sparingly need to use the spare mower because the muscles in my arms, back, and legs are sore now from pushing it. I’m not sure, come morning, that I’ll be able to move.
And I hope that I’m not the only gardener who likes to mow her lawn and gets all cranky if she can’t mow it when it needs to be cut. Please tell me I’m not the only one!