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Do you cut your own Grass? Poll Attached!


By TractorDoc

1 year ago



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    “How is your yard care handled?”

    • Yep, Its all on me. 618 votes
      75%
    • No, I do well and that is what the hired help is for. 182 votes
      22%
    • I moved to a condo/apartment to avoid such chores. 15 votes
      2%
    • Grass? What is that? I live in the desert. 13 votes
      2%

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    #101 1 year ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    I thoroughly enjoy my garden and growing flowers, edibles, etc.
    I hate this whole lawn mowing concept.
    Ive been mowing lawns for 45 years! Id prefer if I could at least eat, display, or smoke the cuttings!
    (I have tried many other ground covers)

    They have this artificial grass I looked at that is freaking amazing. It was $$$$ though but we visited some yards where it had been installed and it looks amazing.

    I used to mow my own yard but then my kids were born. I decided I would rather spend saturday morning playing with them than doing yard work, so I started paying someone.

    I think that is all about to change though. We are having a landscaper come in May to regrade the yard, change some stuff around and do new sod. Now that the kids are older I think I'll use the opportunity to switch back to doing it ourselves and teach them how to take care of a yard (once I learn again).

    #102 1 year ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Anyone here have a real push mower similar to this one? I have two. One is an old Craftsman that is chrome plated.
    My late Dad used to sharpen these type of lawn mower blades for side money. He bought a new lawn mower sharpener from Rogers Equipment Company in Lindsey, Ohio in the early 1950's.

    I've used a reel mower on-and-off for about 6 years on my little lot. They're really cool - my neighbors always have questions. It works great if you stay on top of it, but you need to rake your trimmings. I was lazy about that a lot last season and now I'm blistering my hands raking piles of dead grass out of my lawn.

    #103 1 year ago

    Mowing a lawn is one of the few things that your family will completely leave you alone for. It can be completely meditative, if you take the right mental approach. I love the "me" time and my OCD loves the nice crisp, straight lines and perfectly edged lawn.

    #104 1 year ago

    I cut my own lawn and my own hair.

    #105 1 year ago

    Only the front yard grows as of last month! Best investment I’ve ever made.

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    #106 1 year ago
    Quoted from Cserold:

    Only the front yard grows as of last month! Best investment I’ve ever made.

    I am with you my fake lawn is the best. No maintenance always looks great. Kids love to play on it.

    #107 1 year ago
    Quoted from Cserold:

    Only the front yard grows as of last month! Best investment I’ve ever made.

    That means that the "lawn" in your pictures is artificial? It looks very nice!

    Looking at the lines -- do you still have to vacuum or sweep it?

    #108 1 year ago

    Im afraid a syn Lawn would melt into a glob or burn the crap out of my feet in Florida!

    How does one handle Dog waste?

    Looks Great, though!

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    #109 1 year ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    That means that the "lawn" in your pictures is artificial? It looks very nice!
    Looking at the lines -- do you still have to vacuum or sweep it?

    Yes, all artificial grass. Not "turf" like you see on old football fields, etc. The technology has come a long way and it is composed of individual blades of grass and even "thatch" that mimics the brownish under growth. The lines in the pic are after I ran a commercial vacuum over it (use a product called a "Billy Goat"). The other key tool for maintaining it is called a "power broom" (see here: https://www.purchasegreen.com/shop/tools/artificial-grass-tools-walk-behind-powerbroom.html)

    #110 1 year ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    Im afraid a syn Lawn would melt into a glob or burn the crap out of my feet in Florida!
    How does one handle Dog waste?
    Looks Great, though!

    Ha. We are in Dallas, TX so heat definitely a concern here. Our backyard is covered by a 100 year old red oak tree (hence the need for the turf) so direct sunlight is not an issue. I think it's come along way from the older stuff but I imagine it still heats up pretty good with 100+ degree direct sun. We have a dog....turf is permeable and a ton of work goes into laying about a 5-6" foundation of drainage rock, decomposed granite, weed block and odor control. Also reworked sprinkler system so that all heads under turf were killed and large rotary heads were installed in flower beds to wash turf 1 or 2 times a week.

    #112 1 year ago

    Natural grass is Self cleaning. Fake grass is not something I would ever consider. I don't like the idea of having to shampoo my lawn. I'd much rather pay for the upkeep of real grass. And although the fake stuff looks a lot better than they used to, still needs work.

    #113 1 year ago

    I love mowing the yard. I sit in an office all day and like playing outside when I get home. I love the riding mower and basically treat it like a go-cart, especially since my retired mechanic dad gave me his souped-up variable speed automatic one last year for my birthday. Husband occasionally mows the front yard because it slopes and a few spots are tricky, but he's basically confined to the dark basement these days because of chronic daily migraines that are made worse by sunlight. So he does the laundry, and I do the yard work. Last Friday I installed 500 sq ft of Bermuda sod mostly by myself in an area that we've had mud issues with, and it's coming out nicely.

    My yard is a certified wildlife habitat, so there are multiple mason bee houses on the fence line, bumble/carpenter bees everywhere on the fences, and I run a few honeybee hives in my garden. I don't know if I could pay anyone to mow my yard once I tell them there are about 75K bees running around that they need to not bother. And I don't allow anything chemical in my yard, so I hand weed everything then give the weeds to my chickens and quail to snack on. I'm slowly taking over the yard with pollinator gardens and raised beds, since I'm trying to start a mini homestead now, but there's still about 3/4 acre of grass to keep me busy enough.

    #114 1 year ago
    Quoted from vicjw66:

    Natural grass is Self cleaning. Fake grass is not something I would ever consider. I don't like the idea of having to shampoo my lawn. I'd much rather pay for the upkeep of real grass. And although the fake stuff looks a lot better than they used to, still needs work.

    Ha. At $8.50 a square foot, I can assure you this was a last resort option. Sodded it 3 different times at 8 pallets of grass each time with the most shade tolerant varieties for growth in north Texas. By myself. With 3 young kids and a dog a backyard full of mud doesn’t quite cut it. Enjoy the lovely “before” pics

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    #115 1 year ago
    Quoted from Cserold:

    With 3 young kids and a dog

    interesting location for a dog door, with a step too! Short stature pooch?

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    #116 1 year ago
    Quoted from Atari_Daze:

    interesting location for a dog door, with a step too! Short stature pooch?

    Ha. Funny. They built it in when we added that addition. Feeds right into mud room. Been perfect

    #117 1 year ago
    Quoted from Cserold:

    Ha. At $8.50 a square foot, I can assure you this was a last resort option. Sodded it 3 different times at 8 pallets of grass each time with the most shade tolerant varieties for growth in north Texas. By myself. With 3 young kids and a dog a backyard full of mud doesn’t quite cut it. Enjoy the lovely “before” pics

    Factor what you aren't spending on water, fertilizer, maintenance, and resodding when needed, it will probably pay for itself sooner than some might think. Now if they could just figure out a way to incorporate solar cells into this stuff.

    #118 1 year ago
    Quoted from blondetall:

    I love mowing the yard. I sit in an office all day and like playing outside when I get home. I love the riding mower and basically treat it like a go-cart, especially since my retired mechanic dad gave me his souped-up variable speed automatic one last year for my birthday. Husband occasionally mows the front yard because it slopes and a few spots are tricky, but he's basically confined to the dark basement these days because of chronic daily migraines that are made worse by sunlight. So he does the laundry, and I do the yard work. Last Friday I installed 500 sq ft of Bermuda sod mostly by myself in an area that we've had mud issues with, and it's coming out nicely.
    My yard is a certified wildlife habitat, so there are multiple mason bee houses on the fence line, bumble/carpenter bees everywhere on the fences, and I run a few honeybee hives in my garden. I don't know if I could pay anyone to mow my yard once I tell them there are about 75K bees running around that they need to not bother. And I don't allow anything chemical in my yard, so I hand weed everything then give the weeds to my chickens and quail to snack on. I'm slowly taking over the yard with pollinator gardens and raised beds, since I'm trying to start a mini homestead now, but there's still about 3/4 acre of grass to keep me busy enough.

    You should post some pics!

    #119 1 year ago

    Yep and here I am!

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    #120 1 year ago
    Quoted from Who-Dey:

    My time is worth more than that also but i can't find anyone that would cut my yard for 15 bucks and i cant say that i blame them for not wanting to either, and citizenship IS definitely a top requirement for me. I'll pay the 40 bucks to help a fellow American and his family before i pay someone 15 dollars who is here illegally and knocking U.S. citizens out of work. Now i know alot of people don't like that but its ruining our country and that's how i feel about it.

    As I said, my guy IS an American. But, I respectfully disagree with your premise anyway.

    At the risk of turning this fun place into a pseudo-cable news experience, let's move on. Here's a video of a dog dressed as an Ewok:

    #121 1 year ago
    Quoted from whthrs166:

    Yep and here I am!

    "Feel the power of the wind!"

    #122 1 year ago
    Quoted from Cserold:

    You should post some pics!

    Okie dokie. Here's the obligatory sod before/after for the grass thread. Between shade, leaves, multiple dogs, etc, the area just behind the house became a mud pit. It's so much better now, and I'm seeding the spots around the edges where I didn't have quite enough sod. Yes, that's a chicken coop under my desk with a Jurassic Park warning sign on it. And speaking of dinosaurs, I built the raptor disappearing fountain by my herb garden 2 weekends ago for my bees to have a water source they can't drown in. Since people ask what is in the greenhouse that you can see behind the fountain, I included a pic of my indoor lettuce gutter system, and those are potatoes in the big pots under them.

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    #123 1 year ago

    Looking good blondetall! Jealous of your greenhouse!

    #124 1 year ago

    I wish a had a robot...

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    #125 1 year ago
    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    Looking good blondetall! Jealous of your greenhouse!

    Thanks. It came with the house and is older and I can't figure out how to clean up the discolored plexiglass, but it does the job. It's wired/powered but currently not working when I turn on the breaker, but an extension cord does the trick until I can hire someone to fix it. Water works, I installed color-changing LED lighting inside (in case I ever need to have a nighttime greenhouse party for some reason,) and now I can safely eat home grown romaine and eggs while the rest of the US is freaking out. lol

    #126 1 year ago

    I believe this to be the most important thread of 2018.

    #127 1 year ago
    Quoted from pascal-pinball:

    I wish a had a robot...

    One more job taken away from a hard working American.

    #128 1 year ago

    "One more job taken away from a hard working American."

    I thought you wanted to move on? You're not paying your lawn care guy enough by the way, you should at least give him 25 bucks.

    #129 1 year ago
    Quoted from Who-Dey:

    "One more job taken away from a hard working American."
    I thought you wanted to move on?

    Yes, you are correct. My apologies.

    #130 1 year ago

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    I got rid of all the grass in my backyard haha...

    #131 1 year ago
    #132 1 year ago
    Quoted from zh2oson:

    This is LA - our property is measured in square feet and there is an abundance of home-service professionals, so pricing is very competitive.
    Still...depending on what you value your time at, the argument still holds. For me, my time is worth more than $15/hr.

    Have to agree with this, when I lived in Anaheim, CA I had legal landscapers visit for mowing and blowing leaves/removing pine needles and it was $15 a VISIT for both front and back yard. I paid $60/month to have them visit once a week. I would find it hard to believe if a lot of people wouldn't turn over this work to someone else for $15 a complete visit.

    #133 1 year ago
    Quoted from zh2oson:

    Yes, you are correct. My apologies.

    Lol im just messing with you.

    #134 1 year ago

    The kids in my neighborhood won't do anything unless it has a joy stick. They don't shovel or cut grass no matter what you offer. I hired a lawn maintenance guy for 2 years and called it quits. Had gasoline burns in the middle of the yard where he would fill up his machine. He hit the house twice and put holes in the siding and knocked the A/C unit off it's brackets. He couldn't understand why I said no more. So went back to doing it myself.

    #135 1 year ago
    Quoted from Who-Dey:

    Lol im just messing with you.

    I love Pinside.

    #136 1 year ago
    Quoted from Trekie:

    The kids in my neighborhood won't do anything unless it has a joy stick. They don't shovel or cut grass no matter what you offer. I hired a lawn maintenance guy for 2 years and called it quits. Had gasoline burns in the middle of the yard where he would fill up his machine. He hit the house twice and put holes in the siding and knocked the A/C unit off it's brackets. He couldn't understand why I said no more. So went back to doing it myself.

    Lol sounds like that guy must have been drinking on the job possibly?

    #137 1 year ago

    My yard eats mowers for breakfast

    These are all dead

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    #138 1 year ago

    See how long this one lasts

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    #139 1 year ago

    Need to get some cinder blocks to put those on.

    Here is my disaster right now, we had a 900 sq. ft. deck taken out and the pool is being removed this week.

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    We have a big drainage problem that the last owner introduced with the deck and the pool and the crappy grading they did on the yard.

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    #140 1 year ago
    Quoted from RandomGuyOffCL:

    My yard eats mowers for breakfast
    These are all dead

    Those mowers are beauties compared to mine! I had to work on mine so much last year that i just left the whole left side of the front end off of it. My gf told me that i need to put the front end back on it because its embarrassing looking. I said well good, maybe one of our neighbors will feel sorry for me and take me to Lowes and buy me a new mower!

    #141 1 year ago
    Quoted from RandomGuyOffCL:

    My yard eats mowers for breakfast
    These are all dead

    Lmao.

    #142 1 year ago

    Hey, why no "No, that's what husbands are for" poll option?

    #143 1 year ago

    I do it only for the exercise, which I need more of. I use one of these:

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    Not even kidding, can post pictures as proof.

    #144 1 year ago
    Quoted from RyThom:

    I've used a reel mower on-and-off for about 6 years on my little lot. They're really cool - my neighbors always have questions. It works great if you stay on top of it, but you need to rake your trimmings. I was lazy about that a lot last season and now I'm blistering my hands raking piles of dead grass out of my lawn.

    Yup, gotta start early and stay on top of it. I had to borrow my father-in-law's push mower once when I got behind so I don't get behind anymore. Forces me to do it, which is what I was going for. I also groom a couple miles of the Horseshoe Trail when I'm bored. I gotta do something other than math and pinball.

    #145 1 year ago

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    #146 1 year ago

    Man you guys are torturing yourselves! Lol

    #147 1 year ago

    That's pretty gangster. I wouldn't give it a go without a good filing down of those blades and maybe a zerk gun.

    #148 1 year ago

    I like the grass growing up between the blades, ballsy!

    #149 1 year ago
    Quoted from Who-Dey:

    Man you guys are torturing yourselves! Lol

    Someone has to do it. I got a speeding ticket the other day driving my wife's twin-turbo, went to court and got it thrown out in five minutes with no argument. 100% guilty, no excuse. It's a weird time in our country and I'm only trying to make it weirder.

    #150 1 year ago
    Quoted from emkay:

    That's pretty gangster. I wouldn't give it a go without a good filing down of those blades and maybe a zerk gun.

    Yes sometimes for fun I’ll eat a vegan burger, throw on some skinny jeans, and mow my lawn with it just to troll my neighbors.

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