They say April showers bring May flowers.
Ha! Not around my house. April showers brought May crabgrass. It’s Monday morning and the grass needs mowing as soon as the dew goes off. So, that will keep me busy for a short while. Not so if the brother-in-law is mowing. Why is it that some people take great strides to mow their grass while others simply mow and get it over with.
I mow the grass how my father taught me. It’s simple really. You start up the lawn mower and move it back and forth over the grass. That’s all there is to it. Yet it will take my brother-in-law the better part of the day to mow his lawn and his yard is no bigger than ours. I guess he doesn’t want the grass to feel slighted, so he mows in a different direction each time he mows. If you see him mowing north on Tuesday you can be certain that on Friday he will be mowing in the west direction. He has a mulching mower so that the grass clippings recycle and return nutrients back into the soil.
Some people need to get a hobby. The brother-in-law’s hobby must be trying to make his yard look like a professional ball diamond. He only mows when the grass height reaches three inches, and never removes more than one-third of the surface. I’ve never measured our lawn. I mow when I can. True, his lawn might look a tad bit better than ours for now. But what difference will it make in October. Yes, before we know it, the lawn mowers will be put up only to be replaced by the raking of leaves.
Nancee Harrison is a past columnist for the Greene County Daily World. Visit www.blondeladywithdarkroots.com or email her at email@example.com or send comments to Nancee, Daily World, box 129 Linton IN 47441.