Why do you mow your lawn?

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  1. William R. Wilson profile image60
    William R. Wilsonposted 9 years ago

    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?)

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      Poppa Bluesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I don't mow, the mexicans do it.

      1. starme77 profile image72
        starme77posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        wink wink Nice Idea smile

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      BBManposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Two reasons:
      1) To make my house look nice.
      2) To be able to see my chihuahua when she goes outside!!!

    3. Jeff Berndt profile image87
      Jeff Berndtposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Only because my wife likes it to look neat. I can't think of a bigger waste of time, fuel, and effort than maintaining a lawn. Given the choice, I'd let it go wild.

    4. KeithTax profile image69
      KeithTaxposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Have you considered a goat? In the fall, after the grass is done growing, you can butcher the goat for a snack.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image93
        Rochelle Frankposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        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.

    5. the pink umbrella profile image73
      the pink umbrellaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      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.

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      purple cowposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      To keep the grass short!

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    Justine76posted 9 years ago

    I dont  mow, my husband wont let me near the mower, hes afraid Ill break it.

    He does it to keep the bugs down

  3. Peter Hoggan profile image68
    Peter Hogganposted 9 years ago

    So i can see out my windows!

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    lynnechandlerposted 9 years ago

    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.

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      Justine76posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      yup. good points. hubby loves to mow, he feels good that hes accomplished something. I have no arguements aobut letting him do it, as its the ONLY thing he does!!  smile

  5. rebekahELLE profile image85
    rebekahELLEposted 9 years ago

    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.

    my son mows it. smile

  6. Greek One profile image70
    Greek Oneposted 9 years ago

    My wife likes things to be clean down there

    1. Shadesbreath profile image83
      Shadesbreathposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I swear you ALWAYS beat me to these remarks.  You need to get out of my head.

  7. Disturbia profile image61
    Disturbiaposted 9 years ago

    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.

  8. Beelzedad profile image58
    Beelzedadposted 9 years ago

    I just love riding around on my John Deere drinking beer. It just happens to cut the grass at the same time.  smile

    1. Jerami profile image66
      Jeramiposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Best answer yet.

  9. Urbane Chaos profile image95
    Urbane Chaosposted 9 years ago

    It keeps the Chia Pet population under control.

  10. myownworld profile image72
    myownworldposted 9 years ago

    ...because I love the smell of freshly mowed grass... smile

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      Audreveaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Oh me too! One of my favourite smells.

    2. aware profile image67
      awareposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      what she said . as a kid me and my cousins push mowed old graveyards in ohio . it was the coolest. till dusk that is then we wanted my uncle to hurry up and pick us up.

    3. rebekahELLE profile image85
      rebekahELLEposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      it is a nice smell, reminds me of my childhood.

    4. Jane@CM profile image61
      Jane@CMposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Me too - love the smell!

      My son mows it now, we have a large lot & lots of grass.  I like our yard to look its best.

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    Audreveaposted 9 years ago

    Cut crass is nice and springy underfoot. Who knows what might be hiding in longer grass?

  12. aware profile image67
    awareposted 9 years ago

    seems many of us think the same .

  13. kerryg profile image82
    kerrygposted 9 years ago

    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. smile

  14. starme77 profile image72
    starme77posted 9 years ago

    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 smile 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 smile

  15. donotfear profile image87
    donotfearposted 9 years ago

    Why do you brush your teeth?

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      Poppa Bluesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      So my breath won't offend when I'm lost in your kiss!

      1. donotfear profile image87
        donotfearposted 9 years agoin reply to this



    2. Padrino profile image59
      Padrinoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      To get the grass clippings out of them after I mow my grass.

      1. donotfear profile image87
        donotfearposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        lol lol lol lol

  16. H.C Porter profile image77
    H.C Porterposted 9 years ago

    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)

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    lucaslevequeposted 9 years ago


  18. Jeffrey Neal profile image84
    Jeffrey Nealposted 9 years ago

    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.

    1. BRIAN SLATER profile image88
      BRIAN SLATERposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      what a great rely, I'm going to look into Zoysia grass and see if it's available here.
      Thanks Jeffrey

  19. Greek One profile image70
    Greek Oneposted 9 years ago

    i have a illogical hatred for blades of grass. 

    They think they're so smart!

  20. Rochelle Frank profile image93
    Rochelle Frankposted 9 years ago

    We have to mow, brush and weedwhack. If not, the dry vegetation in late summer would provide a fire ladder into the trees.  People who live in the foothills of California  are wary of wildfires.

  21. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 9 years ago

    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.

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    Home Girlposted 9 years ago

    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!

    1. Greek One profile image70
      Greek Oneposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I live in Canada and one time i did not cut my grass and the "Lawn Police" came by and beat me severely with my own weed whacker (no, not that weed whacker.. the one i use to actually cut my weeds)

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        Home Girlposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I don't think so , Greek One! Though they can beat your wallet pretty good!

    2. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      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....

  23. Origin profile image60
    Originposted 9 years ago

    When I do mow it's a relaxing way to get outside, smell the fresh cut grass, and listen to my headphones.


  24. raisingme profile image81
    raisingmeposted 9 years ago

    We basically mow our lawns for the same reason the chicken crossed the road - because it's there!  I love the way newly mowed lawn smells but I love walking barefoot in tall grass.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image93
      Rochelle Frankposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Chickens cross the road to get to the other side. You mow your lawn for the same reason people climb mountains.  smile

      1. raisingme profile image81
        raisingmeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        you are correct - that made me smile!  I blame my brain burp on too many fumes from the lawn tractor!

  25. manlypoetryman profile image79
    manlypoetrymanposted 9 years ago

    It gives my tractor something to do!

  26. BRIAN SLATER profile image88
    BRIAN SLATERposted 9 years ago

    I mow my lawn when my wife tells me too, she say's it makes the house/ garden look tidier.

  27. BritFun profile image64
    BritFunposted 9 years ago

    Makes the place look nice!   Or at least it stops it looking TOO much of a wreck.

  28. Polly C profile image93
    Polly Cposted 9 years ago

    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.

  29. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 9 years ago

    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...

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image93
      Rochelle Frankposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The best reason, so far!


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