Since Lauren owned up to her Suburban Pioneering failures in her previous post, I thought I should come clean as well. It’s not always smooth sailing around here.
I was really excited about this yard tool that we inherited second-hand:
What a beautiful and simple piece of machinery! No fumes, no gas-guzzling engine, no complicated parts–I thought it was the perfect suburban pioneering solution until I could manage to kill the lawn (which I’m still working to do–more on that to come). After all, this lawnmower wouldn’t contribute to fossil fuel usage or CO2 emissions.
It seemed the ideal way to keep the weeds at bay…
…until we returned from a vacation to a foot-high crop of dandelions.
Mowing our small front yard and mowing a large swath of calf-high weeds in the back are apparently two vastly different things. I had to run over the plants four times with the push mower to cut them down. The back yard is only a quarter of the way finished, and I have already worked out all work and child-rearing frustrations. I have also worked out all of my arm and back muscles.
The mower is still sitting in the backyard, and I am not. I am sitting down at the computer to tell you that there are reasons we have developed tools beyond scythes and reel push mowers. Another ideal has been mowed down, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Despite this setback, I am not so easily deterred. The dandelions may have won this skirmish, but their time is short.
In the meantime, does anyone know of a gas-guzzling, extra-loud, fume-belching mower I can borrow?