Is mowing the lawn the most boring thing ever?

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    Jun 21, 2008 6:35 AM GMT
    I am so pleased I have moved into a flat that has a lovely courtyard rather than a garden. It means I don't have to mow a lawn which is probably the most pointless thing in the universe. A week later it has grown back and u have to do it all over again.
  • metalxracr

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    Jun 21, 2008 7:08 AM GMT
    I kinda liked mowing lawn, then again I do like yard work. But I live in an apartment or flat whatever you choose, so I don't have to deal with that stuff anymore.
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    Jun 21, 2008 7:28 AM GMT
    I have very little lawn - but a wonderful garden. I was outside this evening sitting on the deck and enjoying the sound of the stream - and was really happy and content that I was able to do that - I can't imagine not being able to enjoy my garden...
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 21, 2008 12:34 PM GMT
    REDHEAD... my man... you need to get over your issues with mowing!

    I love it (provided it isn't wet). I push mowed about 3/4 of a 2+ acre home year after year (and more than once a week. I mow my lawn right now twice a week.
    Great exercise and I love doing anything outdoors.

    Especially in the summer. Nothing like enjoying a hot afternoon with the temperature about 95, stripping down to jean cut offs and mowing your yard.

    Oh yeah!

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    Jun 21, 2008 12:44 PM GMT
    I used to like it when I lived at my parent's place. Much preferred it to shovelling snow!
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    Jun 21, 2008 12:47 PM GMT
    JBE60 saidI used to like it when I lived at my parent's place. Much preferred it to shovelling snow!


    Amen to that. Especially after the couple of storms we had this year...
  • Timbales

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    Jun 21, 2008 1:38 PM GMT
    I like doing things like mowing the lawn, folding laundry, vacuuming, etc. It's nice to turn off my brain sometimes.
  • Tritimium

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    Jun 21, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    Boring? Come on guys:

    It depends what kind of lawnmower you've got. If it's a manual push-along thing, well, I suppose that counts as a bit of cardio. If it's an electric hovery-thing, it gets the job done reasonably quickly (but no stripes), but kind of boring, and I can't be doing with all the faff with the cable. But I can have a lot of fun with a self-propelled petrol one! My parents used to have one built in the 1940s which was the coolest mower ever, and could (eventually) get up quite some speed. It was quite amusing to open the throttle, let it go and run to catch it before it reached the veg garden or pond...icon_biggrin.gif Sadly it's now in mower heaven. I'd love to try a ride-on.

    Gosh, I'd forgotten I had such enthusiasm for mowers icon_redface.gif. I haven't had to cut a lawn since I was 18.
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    Jun 21, 2008 1:57 PM GMT
    I have about 1/2 an acre that I mow (with a regular mulching push mower) at least once a week, sometimes twice with all the rain we've had here. I love it--strip down to gym shorts, put on my sunblock, grab my ipod and get me some sun and exercise. The only thing I don't like are the bees and mosquitos.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Jun 21, 2008 3:07 PM GMT
    Mowing the law is a form of domestic extreme sports: with a single mistake, you can be in a world of hurt.

    I'm happy my only casualty (thus far) is an extension cord. Poor thing got cut down way before its time.

    When mowing, I prefer using a scythe. It offers plenty of posing-potential.
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    Jun 21, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth saidMowing the law is a form of domestic extreme sports: with a single mistake, you can be in a world of hurt.

    I'm happy my only casualty (thus far) is an extension cord. Poor thing got cut down way before its time.

    When mowing, I prefer using a scythe. It offers plenty of posing-potential.


    I thought they only had lichens in Norway. ... icon_eek.gif .... how do you say "bitch" in Norwegian? icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 21, 2008 3:23 PM GMT
    When we had rainy summer months at my house in Georgia, I could not cut the yard quick enough, but I never really hated it. Growing up I lived on a 10 acre lot. I mowed 3 acres of it using a riding lawn mower. The rest took a tractor with a mowing attachment.
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    Jun 21, 2008 3:33 PM GMT
    Caslon4000 saidI thought they only had lichens in Norway. ... icon_eek.gif .... how do you say "bitch" in Norwegian? icon_lol.gif

    Go out to the west-central parts of Norway (specifically Hardangervidda) and you will find that kind of lichen-no-trees environment. The rest of Norway merely has highly acidic soil, prompting moss growth.

    "Bitch" has two translations in Norwegian: "tispe" for female dogs and "hurpe" for female nags; they don't have the same connotation as "bitch" though. It's unlikely (I believe) for women or gay men to refer to themselves as either, even in irony.

    Besides, why use a Norwegian word when there's a perfectly usable English word? icon_cool.gif Yesterday I heard a woman use the phrase "skankskrekk" (trans: "skank-fear")...cross-language slang...

    Mmm...lingual hegemony...
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    Jun 21, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    I find it fun to do plus it comes with a few perks. There's this hottie down the street from me who seems to love mowing his lawn with his shirt off. Quite the sight.
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    Jun 21, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I used to like the smell of new mown grass!
    Now its the patio?
  • Tritimium

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    Jun 21, 2008 4:33 PM GMT
    peterstrong said

    Lawns are horrible for the environment and for biodiversity.
    What the planet needs now is more habitat for native plants, wildflowers, bees, butterflies, and birds...

    ...So people could be doing something great for the environment by getting rid of lawns and planting native plants which because they are adapted to the region, require no water and can withstand periods of draught, while saving themselves the expense and thus creating something to gaze upon with awe.


    This is a valid point. Indeed, I spent part of last summer trying to persuade a company I was working with to replace their neat lawns with wildflower meadows, for the above reasons (and others). And this is despite my lawnmower fetishes (see above).icon_redface.gif
  • DiverScience

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    Jun 21, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    peterstrong saidOk, let's examine where lawns come from ?

    Lawns were created as a snobbish English status symbol signifying
    the fact that the inhabitants were so wealthy they did not need to grow crops in the yard to feed animals out back.
    Lawns are horrible for the environment and for biodiversity.
    What the planet needs now is more habitat for native plants, wildflowers, bees, butterflies, and birds.
    Americans have lawns like unconscious zombies following in a rut not knowing any better.
    So people could be doing something great for the environment by getting rid of lawns and planting native plants which because they are adapted to the region, require no water and can withstand periods of draught, while saving themselves the expense and thus creating something to gaze upon with awe.


    Close, but no cigar. There's nothing necessitated in lawn growth that eliminates biodiversity. My parents lawn, for example:

    Clover (several kinds)
    Alfalfa, plus at least 4 other kinds of grass
    pussy toes
    ivy
    moneywort
    blue-its
    ground-ivy (not a true ivy, actually an ajuga)
    moss

    among many other things.

    Also, without a natural wildfire cycle, no "prairie" type land will continue on its own, which leaves large populations of birds, butterflies, and NATIVE plants and flowers without a habitat, both in and on the edges of these "prairie" areas (blue birds, phoebes, cat birds, many many finches, robins, swallows, orioles, grossbeaks, warblers... and that's just the *birds* in my New England area, not to mention the vast swathes of butterflies, etc).

    Don't protest "lawns," protest chem-lawns and monocultured watered monstrosities.
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    Jun 21, 2008 7:19 PM GMT
    I don't know about that I really like throwing on my Ipod and mowing my lawn in a wife beater on a sunny day.
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    Jun 21, 2008 7:22 PM GMT

    but it rips my forearms and gives me a reason to draw a long hot bath after.

    Also, I love to see the neighbors spying me: all dirty, green,. and sweaty, WOOF!
  • iHavok

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    Jun 21, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    yes mowing sucks


    says the guy with horrible grass allergies who will never ever ever live in a house with a grassy torture knoll attached.
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    Jun 21, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    Guys, just turn off the self-propel and its a good cardio workout! Take along the iPod!
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    Jun 21, 2008 7:53 PM GMT
    getfitrick saidI don't know about that I really like throwing on my Ipod and mowing my lawn in a wife beater on a sunny day.



    OK I'll come watch lol
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    Jun 21, 2008 8:03 PM GMT
    I HATE mowing the lawn. End of discussion.
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    Jun 21, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    How much exercise do you really get from mowing a good size lawn, using a regular, no-frills mower?

    I loved taking care of my lawn when I had a house last summer, and sometimes when I visit my folks. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm almost looking forward to having a lawn to take care of over the summer since I moved back into my parents' house.

    There're two definite plusses to it: the zoning out you get to do... between the noise, and the pattern of the work, gives me time to just hang out inside my own had for a while. And when you're done, your yard (should) look great!

    And here I thought this was a dumb topic when I first saw it...
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    Jun 21, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    Oh Whew!!! I found some lawnmowing-appropriate LOLcats. You all can relax now.

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