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Old 26th August 2019 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by tkr โžก๏ธ
You guys can really moan! You should try living in sunny western Norway on a 1/2 acre steeply sloping property. The height difference from the lowest to the highest point is around 50 feet. Thank God, only half of it is lawn, but I have to mow it once a week in the "summer".
So you go sideways or up and down? Honestly, lawnmowing was my favorite job earlier in life. Had my Sports Walkman on (went through several of those), just mow and wave to people driving by.

But steep hills, depended on my mood if I wanted to go up and down or side to side.
Old 26th August 2019 | Show parent
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Darn tooting. You made Canadian "northern" cities, look plumb south.
I live on the 43rd latitude in Canada.



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Originally Posted by tkr โžก๏ธ
You guys can really moan! You should try living in sunny western Norway on a 1/2 acre steeply sloping property. The height difference from the lowest to the highest point is around 50 feet. Thank God, only half of it is lawn, but I have to mow it once a week in the "summer".
Old 26th August 2019 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by JoeyM โžก๏ธ
So you go sideways or up and down? Honestly, lawnmowing was my favorite job earlier in life. Had my Sports Walkman on (went through several of those), just mow and wave to people driving by.

But steep hills, depended on my mood if I wanted to go up and down or side to side.
Sideways, starting at the top.

Usually a 2-hour job. My knees arenยดt what they used to be, so I try to split it into 2 rounds of work, starting below the house and taking the part above the house the next day.

If no rain is forecast, that is.

Fat chance. Mostly it is a question of finding a window of opportunity between two rainy days, and do it all in one single day.
Old 26th August 2019 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by GAF Vu Master โžก๏ธ
Darn tooting. You made Canadian "northern" cities, look plumb south.
I live on the 43rd latitude in Canada.
Yeah, to me that looks plumb south. Bergen is on the 60th latitude.
Old 5th July 2020 | Show parent
  #125
This Summer of 2020 has given me an additional reason to moan!

Last year, my mother bought a house near my neighborhood, which is quite nice BTW.

She hired someone to take care of the yard who turned out to be unreliable. I told her, if she would buy a lawnmower that I'd be willing to mow it. She took up my offer.

The house is a split level which means the front of the house is at street level while the backyard can be accesed via the basement. The sides of the house have very steep slopes which makes it even more labor intesive to cut. Thankfully the lawnmower can be self propelled when going uphill, but it's still a PITA.

The money I get paid comes in very handy so I really should not moan, but it's so damn hot outside it's hard not to. It takes about two hours to complete which includes mowing, weed eating, trimming bushes, and blowing the entrance walkway and the driveway.

A few days later, I have to mow my own lawn and I don't get paid for that!
Old 12th July 2020
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My lawn was soooooooooooooo yellow I did not have to have it cut as it was not growing. Then two days ago we got 1/2 inches of rain so now it is all green and growing fast. The new weather patterns here in Ohio seem to be hotter than normal summers and milder winters. I guess with climate change we all have to learn to live with the new "normal". FWIW
Old 12th July 2020 | Show parent
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My lawn was soooooooooooooo yellow I did not have to have it cut as it was not growing. Then two days ago we got 1/2 inches of rain so now it is all green and growing fast. The new weather patterns here in Ohio seem to be hotter than normal summers and milder winters. I guess with climate change we all have to learn to live with the new "normal". FWIW
I'm on the mid East Coast. The rainy season came extremely early this year, during late Winter instead of Spring. Lately, many yards have been turning yellow or have dry spots like mine. I've not cut it in about two and half weeks. I may have to water it to prevent it all from turning yellow. It feels like the onset of a drought.
Old 8th August 2020 | Show parent
  #128
We finally got some rain about 3-4 good rain storms in the past few weeks.

I fertilized the back yard and it was very labor intensive work! I was drenched in sweat. Even my socks were soaked with sweat ๐Ÿ˜“

The grass is already perking up and is greener. I hate doing yard work with a passion! Onward I moan about it.๐Ÿคฎ๐ŸŒฒโ˜˜๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒพ
Old 14th August 2020 | Show parent
  #129
Itโ€™s time to mow again!๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿคฌ The fertilizer is making the grass grow twice as fast.
Old 3rd March 2021
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The edging takes the first place in my mind, I get a clear and clean line along the edge of the lawn for a professional finish.
Old 3rd March 2021
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Even after 3 days of melt my lawn is still under about 15"-18" of snow...and the final leaf fall from last year.

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Old 3rd March 2021 | Show parent
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Even after 3 days of melt my lawn is still under about 15"-18" of snow...and the final leaf fall from last year.

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Yikes!๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I'm in the middle latitude of the US. The little snow we had melted but the ground has been drenched with rainfall!
Old 3rd March 2021
  #133
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Where I am. 43.5792ยฐ N, 85.3017ยฐ W.
Old 4th March 2021
  #134
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Dad makes me mow the lawn all the time. Although he asked for a trimmer as a gift, not me. Why do the younger ones have to do everything in the family? Due to the fact that our lawn mower was old and had to lose about 2 hours on the lawn, my father constantly asked me to do it, citing old age. Justifying this by saying that if he had been given a new string trimmer, he would have mowed the lawn himself. And what do you think, I consulted with friends, ordered him a high-quality trimmer in a good store https://homendgarden.com/best-cordless-string-trimmer/. He was so happy when I handed him the long-awaited string trimmer. But what changed after that? Nothing. I also mow the lawn as before only with a new trimmer.
Old 4th March 2021
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Don't know about now but that's one of the "chores" we would do to earn our allowance...I started at 7 or 8 yrs. old. Lawn trimmers back the were a rake handle with a iron wheel and a sharp edge that you pushed. Garden edging was done with un-powered garden scissors.

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Old 4th March 2021 | Show parent
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Dad makes me mow the lawn all the time. Although he asked for a trimmer as a gift, not me. Why do the younger ones have to do everything in the family?
That's usually how it works in a family. Everyone has to pitch in. When I was a young teenager, I had to mow the lawn, help out in raking and bagging leaves, take out the garbage, help mom with the dishes, drying mostly while she washed them.

Dad did his office work and put food on the table. Mom did all the cooking, laundry, and cleaning of the house. Yep, everyone did their part to contribute to get the daily/weekend chores taken care off. Eventually, I had to clean my bathroom all the time.

When you're young, you don't fully see this concept, but when you're older you understand it.
Old 6th March 2021 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by ThomasHoward โžก๏ธ
Dad makes me mow the lawn all the time. Although he asked for a trimmer as a gift, not me. Why do the younger ones have to do everything in the family?
Wow what a couple generations difference make.

When I was 7 my day started by getting in all the eggs from the hen house. There were lot's of chickens. Make sure the pigs got feed. Bring the cows in for milking. By then the time is around 7:30am so I had to get ready for school.

Got home from school. Insure the chickens were feed along with all the other animals. Do my home work. Go to bed at 9pm.

During planting season also did the farm work for raising corn and soy beans.

Repeat every day including Saturday and Sundays until my parents divorced and sold the farm.

My Dad worked hard but my brother and I were also workhands. Never gave it a second thought and I guess we were deprived since we were never given an allowance.
Old 6th March 2021
  #138
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hire a lawyer for 33%
sue yer parents
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father been dead though
long time
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Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
  #139
Now that Spring has sprung into full gear, so have the damn weeds!

I gots the crabgrass, dandelions, chickweed!

It's a jungle out there and to top it off, the rains have made them grow even more.

Time to mow it again!
Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Synth Guru โžก๏ธ
Now that Spring has sprung into full gear, so have the damn weeds!

I gots the crabgrass, dandelions, chickweed!

It's a jungle out there and to top it off, the rains have made them grow even more.

Time to mow it again!
You're describing my lawn,,,wtf is your problem. Keeping up with the Jones's is so passe! Your lawn is kind of leafy and green right? I use to mow 14 acres a week...when I lived in Schmucktowne.

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Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
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You're describing my lawn,,,wtf is your problem. Keeping up with the Jones's is so passe! Your lawn is kind of leafy and green right? I use to mow 14 acres a week...when I lived in Schmucktowne.

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I'll take a current picture tomorrow.
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Now that Spring has sprung into full gear, so have the damn weeds!

I gots the crabgrass, dandelions, chickweed!

It's a jungle out there and to top it off, the rains have made them grow even more.

Time to mow it again!
I've attached a photo of here, from two years ago today. Consider yourself lucky!



This year, the snow was gone a couple weeks ago and it was 24ยฐ C and sunny today. I had my first BBQ.

The lawn is getting greener and some plants are starting to sprout. No dandelions yet, though there will be gazillions of them.

The bunnies in my back yard seem to be back, and the ducks that spend the nights in my pool are as well. They leave once the cover is off and the sweet smell of chlorine fills the water.
Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
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Originally Posted by gramps โžก๏ธ
...when I lived in Schmucktowne.
Yeah, Donna Summer want to take you to... Schmucky taaaown

Doing your lawn is a summer thing and maybe that's how I thought of Donna Summer! You never think Johnny Winter until that last pic ... Hmmm...

Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
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Originally Posted by MikeInOttawa โžก๏ธ
I've attached a photo of here, from two years ago today. Consider yourself lucky!


This year, the snow was gone a couple weeks ago and it was 24ยฐ C and sunny today. I had my first BBQ.

The lawn is getting greener and some plants are starting to sprout. No dandelions yet, though there will be gazillions of them.

The bunnies in my back yard seem to be back, and the ducks that spend the nights in my pool are as well. They leave once the cover is off and the sweet smell of chlorine fills the water.
We barely got a couple inches of snow this Winter. Plenty of cold but little in terms of precipitation.

I have foxes, racoons, possums, and skunks to contend with as well. The usual suspects have once again decided to burrow under the cement stairwell outside!
Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
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Here's today's pic of the lawn. The weeds are a little hard to see in the picture but trust me, they are all over!

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Old 4 weeks ago
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My friend has a teen age son. He is always wanted to "cut the grass" on my friends nice ridding mower and kept pestering his Dad for a chance. Finally my friend said OK. The next question from his son was "so how much are you going to pay me to cut the grass" <GRIN>
Old 4 weeks ago
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experience is as they say is priceless.
Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
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I must say, a riding lawnmower sure beats having to push one even if they are self propelled.

Speaking of which, it's time to mow again!
Old 4 weeks ago
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I still use a push, not self-propelled...and it's pretty good piece of property, with a bit of slope in some spots.
I know once I sit my butt on a rider...that's going to be the end of the push, but I'm holding out, I like the exercise, and I even have as bad right hip from skiing way too much, including a sore lower back and all my leg joints.

I'm sure a rider will eventually show up...but not yet.
I've got some neighbors with no more than a patch of grass big enough for 3-4 cars to fit on...and they use rider mowers.

Did my first mow a few days ago, but mostly to stop some early weeds that reseed once they flower...and then I followed up with some fertilizer and crabgrass preventer. I don't mind the dandelions and the odd weeds here and there, but if the crabgrass comes up, it's a real bitch to cut, and it sprawls across most of the yard and chokes out the good grass.
Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
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I still use a push, not self-propelled...and it's pretty good piece of property, with a bit of slope in some spots.
I know once I sit my butt on a rider...that's going to be the end of the push, but I'm holding out, I like the exercise, and I even have as bad right hip from skiing way too much, including a sore lower back and all my leg joints.

I'm sure a rider will eventually show up...but not yet.
I've got some neighbors with no more than a patch of grass big enough for 3-4 cars to fit on...and they use rider mowers.

Did my first mow a few days ago, but mostly to stop some early weeds that reseed once they flower...and then I followed up with some fertilizer and crabgrass preventer. I don't mind the dandelions and the odd weeds here and there, but if the crabgrass comes up, it's a real bitch to cut, and it sprawls across most of the yard and chokes out the good grass.
That is a good point about getting some good exercise. I initially was going to buy a self propelled one but my sister talked me out of it and told me I was going to need a tractor. I'm glad I listened to her since its a big yard. I could have physically opted for the push mower but it would just take too long to complete the job and with high humidity and hot summer temps, it would have been too taxing on the body.

LOL, yeah, I too have seen people using a lawn tractor on very tiny yards.
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