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Cut the Grass

Product Thursday

If you start talking to my husband about mowing the grass, chances are he is going to rave about his push mower.

The trusty circular mower.

I don’t mean one that you fill with gas and push around the yard. I mean the circular blade that makes the funny sound as you push it along. Row after row he pushes that mower. And when the boys have to use it, they complain and wish we had a gas-powered lawn mower.

But that ain’t going to happen.

He really likes using this mower, loves the fact that it gives good exercise when he has been sitting at a computer all day.

When it is time to mow, all he has to do is get his trusty craftsmanpush mower out of the garage. There is no need to fill it with gas. His energy propels the mower forward. It is a good thing we have a small yard.

Allof this is a part of his lawncare philosophy. Keep the grass at least three inches long to promote good root growth. Don’t use fertilizer or weed & feed or any lawn care product.

Perhaps that makes us crazy green people. But when you look at my lawn you will not see brown patched that were over-fertilized and now has burned roots.

Do you have any green lawncare practices?


Working the Weed Stick

Product Thursday

If there is one tool I use more than any other in my garden it is this.

With a push into the ground and a quick flick back, a simple snap of root tells me I have gotten rid of another dreaded broadleaf or dandelion.

I think it is the inverted “V” at the end of the tip. Once the stick gets under the ground it seems to find its way towards the root and snap it off. Go to any garden center or big box home center and say you need the tool to help you take out dandelions, chances are the staff know exactly what you are talking about.

My best defense against dandelions – the weed stick!

I just push in and flick! Weed be gone.

I could wites odes about how much I love this tool. But really, it is my yard that loves it more. I am not fanatical about the lawn. However, this tool has given hours of hard work and keeps me away from the cookie jar.

My great uncle Sam used to keep a pretty nice lawn. No weed dared show it face. But in the off chance it did, he eradicated it pretty quickly.

We seed as needed but never fertilize or do other treatments. We keep the length a little longer than most lawns.  The husband mows with a circular self-propelled mower. Says it gives him good exercise.

When the weather has been as wet as it is right now, that is the perfect time to take out these weeds. Everything works nice and easy. One the ground turns hard, nothing removes these things. I swear the roots of the plants simply laugh and plan their return.
Right now, they are shivering with fear when I walk out the door and grab my weed stick.
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