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Old 04-04-2007, 06:05 PM   #61
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Mowed my own for years, but allergies & sinuses/respiratory infections got to be a serious problem....
I had the same problem and found wearing a dust mask worked wonders. It's a lot less expensive than those shots and meds, too.

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Old 04-04-2007, 06:22 PM   #62
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We have five acres, but most of it is vegetable and flower gardens, pond, second growth fir and hemlock with a small grass yard for the dogs. I LOVE to mow the yard and work in the garden and my greenhouse. It was a great way to relax when I was working and it's one of the best parts of being FIRED.

I've mowed yard several times this spring. It's very relaxing and one of the easiest things you can do to make the place look nice.
Yeah, I agree....very relaxing!!!
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i sodded the place when i first bought but year after year i added more trees and shrubs and now the entire property is gardens with trails running through it. the plants are happy, the birds are happy, the possum & raccoons and squirrels are happy and i'm happy to not have to bother maintaining a lawn.
That's what I'm shooting for eventually! Little by little the grass is being replaced by gardens full of native perennials, shrubs, and trees.....and some annuals thrown in to make it look "purty"! And the stuff, being native, will take the wet/dry, hot/cold, whatever, conditions that mother nature throws at 'em!!! Workin' toward a landscape on 'cruise-control'!
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My lot is bigger than 1/3 acre. It takes me about 30 minutes to mow and enjoy it. It's a good way to get some exercise. It feels great that your lawn looks nice after the mowing.
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Huh

Bought a craftsman for 109.00 5 horespower.

Cut your own grass!
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:45 PM   #66
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Another Honda mower fan here. My 26 year old Honda is still working like it was when new. It still has the original sparkplug.

It takes me about 20 minutes to mow, but I do it about three times a week when the grass is going full tilt. If time it just right I can do the whole yard on one bag. I compost all my clippings.

I edge every other time I mow which takes an extra 10 minutes or so.

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I mow with a mulcjing, non-self-propelled mower. We're on 1/3 acre lot, with typical trees and structures. It's not a big hassle. I can't say I enjoy it more than anything else I could be doing, but am too cheap to pay others to do it.
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We have 22 acres and maybe 1-2 of it is mowed. We take turns on the riding mower, but usually I mow and Dh does the trimming.
You are trimming around a ten acre plot?
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Mowing, gardening, yard work, etc. is like therapy for me.....VERY relaxing!!! I love it!!!

As a matter of fact that's the kind of stuff I'm really looking forward to doing when I'm FIRE'd! I love outdoor stuff like that. I've even talked to a couple of the neighbors and may help them with their yards and gardens, too.
Good off-spring repellant, too! I get dirty looks from the neighbors (whats he doing now!!?? DW does her share too. Sometimes I worry that my desire for supplies and gadgets will threaten LBYM, tho. This year Im growing garden flowers from seed. I have 18 yr old Wheelhorse riding mower (purchased for the larger lot at our previous home) for my 1/2 acre lot which is 1/3 woodland. My trim mower.....$89 Sears budget beater. 2-3 hrs/week mowing avg. Lawn services want 105 per month, but they won't do it the way I want it done.

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Mowing, gardening, yard work, etc. is like therapy for me.....VERY relaxing!!! I love it!!!

As a matter of fact that's the kind of stuff I'm really looking forward to doing when I'm FIRE'd! I love outdoor stuff like that. I've even talked to a couple of the neighbors and may help them with their yards and gardens, too.
Got any pictures of your handywork?

Here's mine. The mowing is easy, the pruning takes the time. :P

All lots of fun.

[img width=750 height=502]http://mrcol.freeyellow.com/4283small.jpg[/img]
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This is my Los Angeles area backyard (1/5 acre) during the Jan 2005 rainstorms
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My wife took out the front lawn to save work & water and let us travel more, even won a local garden award....no more mowing for us.
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I see these are houses in CA (with small yards and/or lawns).
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1/40th of an acre. It would be embarrassing to hire somebody else to do it.
Wow! Is that how much grass/yard you have or the size of the land your house sits on? That equates to 1100 square feet. Most folks houses in the US wouldn't physically fit on that piece of land at all (my rather modest house certainly wouldn't!).
That's the size of the grass area, though the footprint of the house is even smaller (1500 sqft / 2 fl = 750 sqft).

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Of course land where you are might be 10x-100x as valuable as land where I am.
I don't know about valuable. Expensive, perhaps.

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I probably wouldn't even break a sweat mowing that size yard.
You'd be surprised, actually, working around the edges (and a lawn that small is all edges) with the trimming shears.
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We solved that problem by getting rid of the lawn! (we got rid of the house too!)

One of my husband's happiest days - knowing he wouldn't have to mow a lawn again for a good long while. Even though he somewhat reluctantly gave up his super cool Toro electric lawnmower.

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the garden tour....

bridge from drive to front walk



the grotto (featuring my version of grass aka bamboo)



birds eye view of bird bath



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view from east alcove towards grotto

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During HS I cut people's lawns. Most lots were 1/4 acre and I charged $15/week which included mowing, edging, and trimming. I must have been cheap because most people paid me $20. I was happy because I figured that I had a $20/hr job in HS.
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I had someone like that in my old neighborhood in NJ..I loved this kid. He would do anything for $15.00.I even told my daughter to marry someone like him because he was so ambitious.
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I mow....with my yanmar diesel tractor with a 5 foot deck it still takes me about 3-4 hours per week for my lawn around the house....and then once a year I mow my fields/pasture with my deere tractor with a 8 foot rotary mower and it takes about 40 hours to do the whole place.....luckily once a year is enough to keep the pastures tamed!
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Lawn mower (Honda) would cost me about $400 (with my 10% off moving coupon from Home depot which somebody here referred me to so thanks)

Whatever you do, get a mulching mower. Don't bag the grass clippings; it is such a waste. I have very little lawn left, and sometimes cut it with a reel push mower. In the spring that can be a pain because of fast growth and I have to cut every few days or use the power mower we have left over from our apartment owning days.



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I think that if I can help the pine needles in their efforts to kill all the plants, I can get that nice brown forest floor effect.
Collect a bunch of pine needles and put them two or three inches thick where you don't want anything to grow other than the trees. That will help shade out any plants. You might also plant some ferns and moss. I love moss in wet climates. It can be tricky to start though.
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One reason I gave up the lawn was that the moss was winning. Every year I'd put "Moss-Out" on it.

Now that I've given up o the lawn, the moss is the good guy, and the grass is the bad guy, and the grass is making a comeback!
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