Summer Pet Peeve: Gasoline Motors on Yard Care Equipment

English: A John Deere L120 lawn mower in a Fin...

English: A John Deere L120 lawn mower in a Finnish garden. Suomi: John Deere -merkkinen ajoleikkuri puutarhassa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gasoline motors on yard care equipment drives me batty. The waste of energy, the pollution, the noise, all just to trim the grass and clean up the clippings!

A reel mower and a rake can accomplish the exact same thing with a little bit more effort, and a lot less noise. Besides, it’s really better to leave the clippings on the grass to nourish it.

The other day, I saw a teenager cleaning the clippings off a newly mown lawn with a leaf blower! I cannot imagine a less efficient way to do the work!

Rant over. Thanks for humoring me.

The Gardening Season is Here (Or, Spring Has Sprung!)

Today started out very unpromisingly, with a coating of snow all over the yards and sidewalks. But by the late afternoon, the snow was almost all gone, and it was a beautiful day.

I got outside and started spring cleaning the yard — raking up leaves and thatch, trimming the flower bed edges, and pulling the last of the old weeds from last summer. I never properly cleaned up the yard at the end of summer, and now I have work to do. The front yard looks much better, all spruced up and ready to grow.

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