Strange question maybe, but why do you do it? I mow only because I rent and have to maintain the yard as part of my lease agreement. If I owned I would try to find a way to never mow.
What about you? Do you mow because you want your house to look nice? Do you get some other benefit from it? Or do you just hate it and only do it because you have to (because of neighborhood bylaws or rental agreement?)
That is true, also Llamas do a good job of grazing the grass and kicking the coyotes out. Alpacas are good grazers and their wool is highly prized by spinners and knitters-- you don't have to eat them to gain a profit. The baby alpacas are almost too cute. We have all of these natural lawnmowers in our rural area. Some animal owners rent them out. They also provide good natural fertilizer. Not suitable for city or suburbs I guess, but they are part of the natural life here. Of course there ale also the native deer. They especially like roses.
we mow our lawns because if we let them just grow wild, there is more chance of infestations such as field mice, ticks, chiggers...it just so happens that it looks nice. imagine walking to your car and getting chiggers...yuck.
It's that time of year and we do it to keep the snakes away from the house, lol. Life in the country by a pond and the critters will roam if you don't keep it up. I'm another one that doesn't get to use the mower though, dad is afraid I will break it, lol. Doesn't bother me though I don't like mowing out by the highway and there are several steep banks I would rather not ride sideways on. As long as dad can do it and wants to we let him cause at 74 it keeps him going to be helpful. I know in another few years that won't be so but he likes to mow the yard always has its relaxing to him and gives him time to ponder and such.
I own my home and I want the yard to look nice... mowing helps it grow and I don't want creatures slithering though my grass (although they do slither through some vines I have, a baby was on my patio the other day..) I think a yard looks 'sad' when it's not mowed. part of my yard is more natural looking and covered with trees and my dogs path, so no grass is growing. I like the look.
I don't mow, my husband does. He mows the front of the property and the immediate back yard because he likes the property to look nice and I think its therapy for him. We also have two yorkies and they are pretty small, if the grass gets too high, we can't find them.
We mow so the neighbors won't hate us, but we've dug up 2/3 of the front lawn and replaced it with shrubs, flowers, and ornamental grasses because lawns are boring, especially in the front where the kids don't play anyway.
The back is fenced, so we don't worry as much about dealing with it. We've left a play area for the kids, but let the clover run amok in the rest. I keep digging up more back there, too.
well I get out the big ole commercial industrial weed-eater I used when I had a property maintenance business and cut it to the dirt so I dont have to do it often Though I look a little funny to the neighbors with my mountain machine - I dont care - I cut my lawn 1 time to their 3 LOL
My husband mows- I think because our neighbor has the perfect lawn, and he doesnt want to appear as if we are white trash with a jungle in the front of the house. It is also because our kids play outside everyday-and we live in the country so if you dont mow- there is no telling what will end up hiding in the grass (field mice-snakes etc)
I like the yard to look nice, and I actually enjoy the activity of mowing grass.
I prefer to do it on my own terms, though. Most lawns around here tend to be bermuda, and that grass will rule your life. Sometimes it has to be mowed more than once per week and requires constant maintenance.
This ends up being a huge waste of time, so a few years ago I killed everything, expanded the size of the beds to plant more flowers and shrubs that require almost zero care, and tore up the rest of the yard and planted zoysia.
Zoysia grass is perfect because it chokes out weeds, grows in moderate shade, grows slowly, doesn't need a lot of fertilizer and water like bermuda, and if you never mow it, it still only gets about 6" tall. Now the yard is my playground instead of my taskmaster.
i don't even like wasting water to keep it green - so i don't. but don't have to worry about forest fires in my immediate community. one day i'll get rid of it all and put in something nicer with plants and stones etc. so i hire someone to do it and then let it die when summer comes and darn it keeps growing back - underneath (few inches) is beautiful rock. have to basically mow your lawn most months of the year where i live.
I think in Canada you can be fined if you don't mow, though I am not sure. When I had a house, we used to mow up to 2 times a week during summer! Nuts! I think in my old country they do better: they grow fuits and vegetables, not grass everywhere! More work - more satisfaction. You cannot eat grass!
neighbours would get upset if i had 2 feet of grass and weeds growing of course. but people don't like it when you waste water on grass anymore either. so mine dies off pretty quik and doesn't grow more than a couple of inches when it happens, all yellow, and stays that way until the fall. so i get a break from the stupid grass for about 3 months in summer...yep - can't eat grass....
If we didn't mow the lawn then there would come a time when we could not get to the other side of the garden without getting grass in our eyes and soaking wet if it had been raining. When I was very young i had a friend who's family never cut the grass at all, and believe me it was a jungle and we could not even see each other in the garden (though we were only about nine, so not really tall). Fun for children and great for hide and seek, but very bad for barbeques etc.
I'm the only one who grows grass for compost, I guess. None of my neighbours on this housing estate have a lawn - their gardens are functional with patios and plants in proper planters and they all look great. I'm a gardener and grow the grass to improve the soil, which not so long ago was a dry embankment. It looks good too - it's really green in color and doesn't require much water. When it does rain it needs cutting a lot, but that just gets more more raw material for my compost heaps! My garden has earthworms now - and none of my neghbours do. Hmmm...I can see another money-making opening developing here...
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