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Do YOU Mow? Tell Me!
April 3, 2012
10:42 am
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karen608
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A side note to push mowers, as in no motor reel mowers: you get ALOT of exercise plus you have to before hand pick up all sticks as they will jam the mower. So I really don't like to use a reel mower unless it is only the tiniest of yard or no trees anywhere on the ground.

April 3, 2012
3:20 pm
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mommaof3
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I mow and have HATED it. DESPISED it. tried to AVOID it. I mean I married a plumber who use to work in the family landscaping business I should not have had to mow, right. Except my hubby is a plumber and never home. So I struggled and struggled. Cussed and broke things. Until well last spring when we moved into my FIL's house which is now officially our home. 

An around the corner neighbor drove by and saw me cussing up a storm and got out of his truck and went and sat on the porch with Pop. The 2 of them have been neighbors and friends since 1954(Pop and the neighbor are both 81 years old) and somehow it came up that I attacked the lawn like my MIL did and didn't I know the trick. So the neighbor Cooper called me up to the porch sat me down for a lesson.

I was using the wrong mower for me. He highly suggested I go to his house every day for 1hour a day for a week and then he will gift me the right mower. So i did as he said and learned to take apart,rebuild, sharpen blades and such. While working he watched how I moved and that mower I built was for me. Yup totally custom mower. Now stupid string I was not strong enough to pull instead it has a toggle like switch, no stupid oil thingy I forget to fill just a filter that I wet with oil before mowing, self propelled with tall wheels so I do not have to adjust the height of the blades, and a grass/rock catching bag. 

Now I LOVE mowing. So my best suggestion is go to the neighborhood lawn mower repair guy and tell him what you hate and what you like and see if you too can get a totally custom lawn mower.

April 3, 2012
3:46 pm
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twiggityNDgoats
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I do most of the mowing and much of the weed eating on our farm.  Our yard is pretty hilly but I am able to mow much of it with a riding mower.  I have a Husqvarna from Hildreth Supply and it has been good.  I am always cautious to mow straight up and down the slope...no going around much of a contour on a hill. Traction is terrible and there is the possibility of tipping.   I am also careful not to mow myself into a place I can't get back out of.  I have had to hook the truck to mine and pull it out of a place I couldn't get back up.  I have had many adventurous rides on our WV hills and I am pretty fearless about mowing.  Common sense is my guiding principle.  Anywhere I can't get with a rider I use a self propelled 22 inch mower.  When I can't use that I use a heavy duty Stihl weedeater.  If you are cutting more than just light grass then a gas powered trimmer is almost needed.  I think it also depends on the level of "manicured look" that you want and how often you want to do it.  I can whack heavy weeds just a few times a year along our ditches and creek banks with one of our Stihls (we have 2).  Once you get the feel the new ones are not that hard to start.  They are however hard on hands if used for too long at a time.  You might find that you could easily handle doing the trimming around the house and studio with a light weight trimmer but hire out the heavy duty "couple times a year" brush whacking when you figure out what areas are going to grow up and be unsightly.   I mow the trails and hillside field with the tractor and I can handle more slope with that.   I always wear ear protection when I mow and weed eat.

 

Trying to keep a place neat looking especially with our terrain is a huge job so you might want to investigate getting some help until you decide what you can handle and what you don't want to fool with.  You may find you can spend your time more wisely and just hire a lot of it done.  

April 3, 2012
3:59 pm
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Ruthmarie
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I have mowed only twice in my life as a young teen.  The first time resulted in a stuffy head for a couple of days, the second launched a sinus lockup despite antihistamine resulting in being forbidden to attempt it again.  <img class="spSmiley" title="no" onclick="spjEdInsertSmiley('icon_no.gif', 'no', 'http://chickensintheroad.com/wp-content/forum-smileys/', 'no');" src="/wp-content/forum-smileys/icon_no.gif" alt="no" />   Age worsened the allergy problem to where DH makes sure the windows are closed and I've taken a pill before he mows the winter "grass" (read: native weeds) in the backyard during these spring months before the summer sun scorches them to the ground.  We don't keep any lawn areas as I'd rather pay the pricy suburban water bill for veggies, fruit bushes and the clusters of perennial flowers than maintain inedible grass.

April 7, 2012
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Leah's Mom
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I'm proud to say that I just mowed using the John Deere for the first time. 

I was out at my dad's mowing the front yard w/a push mower when one of my brother's showed up and said, "You want to learn how the tractor works?"  I said yes and mowed everything else w/the JD. 

I told my dad that I would probably be mowing EVERY day now that I had the tractor...

happy-flower

(PS:  My dad has about 3 acres that need mowing [not counting the other 9 acres that we don't mow])

April 11, 2012
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MrsObe
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I do the mowing until the heat of the summer makes me sick then I pay someone.  He gets the job for about  a month.  HOWEVER, my DH just purchased a self propelled mower.  It's a rebuilt one and didn't cost a lot but it's worth every penny (plus).  Hold the controls and the dang thing scoots right along.  AND the shaft is straight so the mower doesn't vibrate my hands to numb.

My 1 acre is fairly flat so I do alternate my mowing just for the patterns (left/right one week, up/down next, diagonal next, back to l/r).  It's my "me" time.

April 18, 2012
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I have mowed with a self propelled push mower! I hate vacuuming but love mowing. I am allergic to grass and all sorts of growing things but I still LOVE IT! Even in the sweat-so-much-you think you are melting summer, I still like mowing! You will get some new muscles if you use the mower!

 

Weedeaters, I don't like them! They are heavy and make a mess! I would much rather be called crazy and prune my weeds or use weedkiller than use a weedeater. lol.

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July 27, 2013
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CanadianShe_Wolf
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I mow! 6 hours and 20 minutes it takes me and I bag it too! I have a push/gas mower....24-inch cut. I don't mind it IF the humidity is low. It has helped me to lose nearly 45 pound s & 6-inches around my waist this year...so I am "pushing-on"!

July 28, 2013
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lattelady
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 This is how I mow. I pour a cup of coffee, sit down at my desk once a month and write a check to the lawn service. 

 To me YARD, LAWN, and IRON are honorary obscenities. ;)

 After my husband died, I mowed, 2 or 3 times. Gas powered, self propelled mower. Enough of that nonsense. 

 I will give up a few latte's a month to pay for it. 

I am a TWELVE YEAR bc survivor!

August 2, 2013
3:29 pm
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Ross
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Of course I mow. It is good exercise. mowing and acre of lawn with a walk behind 21 inch mower take a bit over five miles. I have more time than money and I refuse to pay someone to do things for which I am perfectly able..

August 4, 2013
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Open the gate and let the cows do their thing.  This is my father-in-law's method.  I like it.  When they finish his cousin gets disgusted and brings the old tractor up with a side mower and trims. 

August 5, 2013
12:49 pm
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Ross said
"Of course I mow. It is good exercise. mowing and acre of lawn with a walk behind 21 inch mower take a bit over five miles. I have more time than money and I refuse to pay someone to do things for which I am perfectly able.."

 The six years my husband was dying of colon cancer, I mowed. While he sat on the porch and cheered me on. Here he was, barely able to sit up, but he was there. I mowed, I shoveled snow, and after his death, I did it the two or three more times as I wrote above. 

 Now, I write the check. happy-flower

I am a TWELVE YEAR bc survivor!

October 25, 2013
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   Hello

 

      You may have your promised lawn tractor by now.

 

      For the push mower, how about a battery powered.  They have safety bars that you have to grip for the mower to run and the blade stops once you let go of it.   No cords and no starting problems.  :-)

 

      A new one should mow about half a football field.  Mine probably mows a quarter of that same field.  If your lawn is too big,  just plug it in for a day and go back the next day.

 

      I bought mine at an estate sale for $80. 

 

      This mower gave me a good "feeling" right away as it has no engine noise and has no exhaust smell.   For the ultimate fun,  I can now recharge my electric battery push mower with a solar set up.  When it is time to mow I practically "run" to the shed to get it out to mow.

 

      Just finished citr.  A very good read.  Thank you for sharing your story.

 

                RodneyJoe7777

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