How Ditching My Gas Lawn Mower Made Me Love Cutting the Grass

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This post has stuff about religion. My perspective has changed

Grass Clippings Flying

As a kid I had to mow about a half an acre of grass each weekend. A quarter acre of it was at a 25° incline and the other half was some of the most dense turf God put on this earth. I can just remember those hot and sweaty Sunday afternoons spent pushing around that big ole gas-powered mower—I’d hunch over with my arms fully extended, breathe in the gas fumes and carbon monoxide and strain my legs to get that thing through the real tough spots.

As I’ve grown older, however, I’ve started to view tending a plot of grass as less of a chore and more of an art form. It’s fun to watch it grow and to work to keep it green. My current home has a fairly small yard (i.e. less than 8,000 sq ft) so I chose to use a reel mower and I have absolutely loved it. These are the biggest benefits to owning a reel mower:

  1. The quiet whirring is unobtrusive and peaceful.
  2. They provide aerobic exercise that isn’t overly strenuous (for fatties like me).
  3. You don’t have to mess with filling it with gas and oil, or untangling yourself from a mess of extension cords.
  4. They don’t consume electricity and don’t pollute.
  5. There are less mechanical parts to replace than a motorized lawn mower.
  6. The direction of the cut is better for your grass.
  7. They’re inexpensive to purchase and maintain.
  8. The light weight and compact frame make them easy to store.
  9. You’ll have a sense of satisfaction and pride for the work you’ve done.

Maybe I just feel good about using a push mower, but I’d say that my grass is some of the greenest and softest grass I’ve ever had. I can’t wait for Sunday.

Update: Posting has been a little erratic lately because my car died, I’m finishing a huge website project for a personal client, and my sister got in a car accident and had to go to the hospital. I’m back on my nightly posting schedule now. See you tomorrow!

Photo by Dan4th