By Mike Redmond
The Hendricks County Flyer
Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:35 PM EDT
Problem is, I live in the city on a plot of ground that is roughly the size of your average farm garden, and it’s crowded with things like flower and vegetable beds. I couldn’t get a riding mower turned around in the space I have. I can barely do it with a power mower. Which, I might add, is a step up from what I used to have.
For years I cut my grass with an old-fashioned human-powered push mower, the kind with the reel, the latest thing in Amish lawn mowing innovation. Or so I thought until I was driving through LaGrange County one day and saw an Amish kid walking behind a brand-new Toro. That’s when I decided to upgrade. When the Amish are ahead of you on technology, you know it’s time to step up your game.
(I thought for a fleeing moment about taking the opposite approach and using sheep to keep the grass down, but it quickly occurred to me that it’s bad enough having to scoop up dog poop. No sense piling on, so to speak. And besides, the neighborhood association would have found it to be in exceptionally baaaa-d taste.)
And so I’m stuck with what I have: A scraggly lawn that needs cutting with a power mower I can’t stand so a neighborhood association doesn’t call the cops on me for reducing the property values. And I’ll comply, over and over again this summer, as the weeds continue their plot to take over my plot.
© 2013 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.
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