A blog about a first-time house owner learning to maintain his backyard, and thoughts about nature, science, history, and life.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mowing Decisions and Laziness

When the grass gets too tall, it's time to mow.  There's really no question about that. But there's this thing called real life that gets in the way, and sometimes you have to wait for time to get the job done.

But inevitably, just when you have time to go outside and mow, nature intervenes:

A downpour can be over in 15 minutes, but if it happens around dinnertime, as it did last Wednesday, the ground is soaked for the rest of the evening, and it can still be damp the following morning.

And nature has a tendency to get stuck in a pattern, as it did last week.  It rained again on Thursday.  And Friday.  So I had to wait until Saturday - a whole 12 days after I had last mowed - to get outside.  Needless to say, the lawn was pretty scraggly-looking.  The front lawn was covered in dandelions, and the backyard was just too tall. 

But then, a little over an hour later, the lawn had been restored to a nicely-trimmed appearance.  I'll have to be a little more careful about the weather forecast next time and make sure that I don't get caught in this scenario again!

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