Grass Cycling Through My Head

Mr. Spit and I are on the hunt for a lawn mower. The old one died last fall – after admission to the Lawn Mower Hospital, where we cordially but firmly signed a DNR – and then managed to not think about grass cutting all winter; with the arrival of spring, we are looking with trepidation, the grass it is a-growin’.

We look at the price tag and think manual reel mower, and then we look at the work (our backyard is quite small, but we also do the fronts’ of the houses, and down the side of the neighbour’s property) and we think gas? electric? battery? $500?!?! We look dismissively at the riding mowers, and then I am seduced by the lime green Gardena lawn mower, but am afraid to confess to Mr. Spit who understands about such things as small engines and corrosion and blade deck depth that well! hello! it’s lime green! With snappy orange accents! Also, made by the same people who made my hose sprayer and water wand and sprinkler, and I like those well enough. And at this point, $500 is looking like a price I am willing to pay, just to make the whole problem go away. Look at her running toward the checkout with a box in the cart, waving her Visa card, shouting sold. (And now is probably a good time to point out, if you are buying something worth $500 the box ought to be a whole lot bigger. A Whole Lot!)

I spout aphorisms like “It is only the rich who can afford to buy cheap things”, and then I say, ‘”well, a penny saved is a penny earned“. And frankly, my eyes have long since glazed over. This is what being a homeowner means? I must converse intelligently about lawn mowers?

Then the whole discussion starts over again. It is not a particularly productive discussion, and this discussion, immediately necessary though it be, is not helped by the fact that lawn mowers are located precariously close to the bedding plants and seeds, leaving me easily distracted.

“But that one has a 4 year warranty. . . Oh, look, cup and saucer vine. Wow, I’ve never seen gladioli in that colour before. . .”

And then Mr. Spit ( lamentably understandably) gets a touch cross with me, and he draws my attention back to the lawn mowers, and I am then distracted by deck furniture, BBQ’s, garden accessories, and the final stopping point, pool accessories. (Chez Spit is, sadly, lacking in the swimming pool department, and there is, I confess, quite simply no sane reason for me to be interested in pool chemicals)

But here I am, with visions of a lime green lawn mower dancing in my head, wishing for a 50% off sale.

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15 Responses to Grass Cycling Through My Head

  1. Mr. Spit says:

    Lime, eh? And you wouldn’t want to discuss this in the store then?

    The box said it’s only good for 400 sq. m on one charge. Which may or may not do all the grass we cut on a regular basis.

    I just want something that works.

  2. Naomi says:

    Ya know…you could always pick up a can of Rustoleum and spray paint whatever lawnmower you get whatever color you want…

  3. JamieD says:

    I leave the lawn trimming equipment to Hubby. As long as my clippers and special gloves stay right where I left them, untouched, he can do anything he wants. But if I find out my clippers have been used for something they weren’t intended for, not even his lawn mower can save him.

  4. Martha says:

    Lime green w/orange accents sounds like a Must Have!!
    I am so Ready to get rid of my gas mower and a hand push one. My yard is the size of a postage stamp.

  5. Donna says:

    When I was young, energetic and living by myself I bought the old fashioned people power reel mower. It was hard work but I LOVED it. I mowed my own smallish yard and the empty lot attached to the house I was renting. It was great exercise and everyone who passed by stopped to comment. Now all yard related issues belong to DH.

  6. Ya Chun says:

    When we got our house, I really wanted to get a manual reel mower. Triple S said no,a nd we got this big bulky heavy gas-powered noisy thing.

    Guess who mows the grass? Not the allergy-burdened Triple S.

    Me. I mow the grass.

    I would go with the division of labor.

    And, my neighbor has a manual one and it is quite easy to use. Our yards are probably about the same size as yours (from the pics I’ve seen)

  7. Two Hands says:

    I love Mr. Spit’s comment. Makes me want to hug him.
    I can’t reach that far, so could you do it instead?
    My DH despises grass and would like to do away with it, but I am reluctant so he whittles away at it every year so I won’t notice.
    Have you tried Kijiji? They might have something reasonable that works and as Naomi said, you could paint it any colour you want.
    Hugs to both of you.
    Lime. LOL

  8. Aunt Becky says:

    Lime green. OOOOOH! Shiny!

  9. Brown Owl says:

    Lime green with orange accents, very nice! Springy! but energy efficient?? and time savings too??? Happy gardening Mrs. Spit!

  10. meinsideout says:

    mr. m and his son spent hours picking out a lawn mower…they are out and about noe playing with grass seed and fertilizer…

  11. Carbon says:

    We ended up with a plug-in electric. The cord is a minor pain. But, we have a 50ft cord and a spool that works well. Despite my n00b level of mowing expertise, I have yet to cut through the extension cord!

  12. Natalie says:

    Oh it just all makes my head hurt. I have no idea how much our mower was – DH wanted it, and he got it, and I just waved my hand dismissively. And I refuse to use it. (It’s a big ride-on. It scares me.)

    But I admit, pretty does sell me pretty good on things that I don’t fully understand, like lawn things.

  13. mrsfinn says:

    sounds kinda like me in regards to patio sets and gazebos i’d most likely have to sell next summer (since we’re military and moving next year- and gazebos and patio sets are AWFUL to move!!!!)

    get the sexy lawn mower you like-even if it IS a ride-on!!!!

  14. Trish says:

    We have a teeny tiny rider for our almost teeny-tiny yard.
    I bought it when I was still single. I hate hate hate yard work and my yard is quite sloped.
    Hubby refused to use it (though insisted on taking over the yard work when he moved in- my sloppiness embarrassed him) for a while until our push mower died.
    Now he loves the thing.

  15. PinkVibes says:

    Get a sheep. That’s what Fort Saskatchewan does to cut their civic grass.

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