Thursday, May 22, 2008

Grass Powered Lawn Mowers

With the cost of gas creeping ever closer to $4.00 per gallon it seems absurd to be wasting it on keeping the grass mowed. So we are switching our mowing routine to include a lot more grazing. We don't get quite the finish we would with the gas mower, but it does keep things under control. Only problem now is that we are totally understocked. I'm even considering sheep (and I really don't like them) as an option. We'll see how it goes as the season moves on. It has been so cold this month that the grass hasn't really taken off. Don't know if we will be able to keep up when it does.

Grass Powered Lawn Mowers at work

3 comments:

robert said...

Some of your grass area can be converted to growing more crops. Also mowing a lawn has the benefit of grass clippings which are excellent mulch and fertilizer.

Alan said...

Robert,
You're right about the lawn being converted to growing crops. That's our goal for the long term. Right now we have about 1/2 an acre in production gardens. I can barely keep up with that. Someday, when I have a bit more help, money, and fewer urgent things on my todo list, I will get a large portion of the lawn turned into garden spaces. Right now I just want to keep it from reverting to forest (which it starts to do almost as soon as you stop mowing) and keep the neighbors from picketing. Our grass clippings eventually make it to either the garden, as mulch, or to the compost pile, but it is much faster to run them through a ruminant animal and have them come out as instant fertilizer. Our mower option probably wouldn't work in the city, but as prices keep climbing for gas and food it might be worth exploring.

dND said...

I'm not keen on sheep either but am wondering about raising a couple just for meat - that is not lambing but buying in at the start of the year and slaughtering at right weight.

I think I need to make more use of grass mulch too.

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