Do you keep on mowing your grass, as much as you keep up with your garden?


Joined
Apr 7, 2015
Messages
56
Reaction score
52
Hardiness Zone
6a
Country
United States
Sometimes, I feel like there is just too much to do! If I am in the position of choosing to mow the lawn or do some weeding to make my flowers happy, I always head for the hoe! Of course, there are times, when I have to pull out the lawn mower. Not so much for keeping the lawn presentable for the neighbors, since I spend my summers out in the country, but to keep away the snakes!

What about you? Are you one of those people that love to cut the grass or do you love to weed, as much as, I do? I mean seriously, my family calls the happy little weeder of the family, I can spend hours plucking away the weeds and be so content!

P.S. I meant for the title of my thread to read, Do you keep up with the mowing of your lawn, as much as, you keep up with mowing your grass? Oops lol
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
May 1, 2014
Messages
1,105
Reaction score
276
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United States
I live in a townhome, so we have people who come around and mow the grass for us. I guess I am lucky in that respect, so all I have to do is tend to my garden needs. My garden consists of potted plants for now, so there is not a great amount of work that needs to be done to them.
 
Joined
Feb 1, 2015
Messages
721
Reaction score
564
Location
Long Island, NY
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
United States
Normally when I get home from work I cut the grass. Everything else is done at a leisurely pace over the weekend.
 
Joined
Sep 20, 2012
Messages
5,377
Reaction score
1,796
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
Poland
When I had a lawn, I didn't mow it. In my opinion long and wild grass looks the prettiest:) Little weeds are pretty in their own way too, so I always let them grow.
 
Joined
Sep 10, 2014
Messages
2,638
Reaction score
3,685
Location
central Texas
Country
United States
We mow, and at this time of year, we mow weekly. If we didn't, the grass would get too high for the mower to handle, and we also use the clippings for mulch after they have dried for several days so the grass clippings are used.
We try to keep on top of the garden weeding, but without mulching, we'd be overwhelmed.
 

JBtheExplorer

Native Gardener
Joined
Jun 13, 2014
Messages
1,246
Reaction score
2,653
Location
Wisconsin
Hardiness Zone
5b
Country
United States
I find it ironic that we humans chose ugly turf grass to replace natural prairie. Not only is it horrible for nature but takes more effort too, and most people rarely use their yards for much of anything.

I have a dream of someday owning a home where I can kill off all the grass and do a prairie restoration. Until then, I'll be planting native plants in small gardens around my yard.
 

Ian

Administrator
Joined
Mar 24, 2012
Messages
1,187
Reaction score
820
Location
UK
Hardiness Zone
9a
Country
United Kingdom
Yup, I mow every 4 or so days in the summer as the grass grows so quickly. We've only got a small lawn, so it only takes 10 mins :).
 
Joined
Apr 5, 2015
Messages
17
Reaction score
3
Country
United States
The last couple of summers I have been spending extra time keeping the lawn trim. I have lots of weed and clover, but I refuse to spray. A neighbor said that I could keep the weeds back by keeping the lawn cut short. What?? I didn't think it would work, but I gave it a try anyway.

It didn't work.
 
Joined
Mar 24, 2015
Messages
606
Reaction score
920
Location
Close to The Garden of England
Hardiness Zone
8b
I suppose it depends on how much lawn and garden you have. This time of year I mow once a week and twice a week in the late spring early summer.

I have about five or six times this amount of lawn.
P1200206.JPG


The cuttings are composted and produce about a ton of compost a year. The compost is used to improve the soil in the flower beds and, particularly for all the vegetables I grow.

Not all the lawn areas are kept like this. I have an area, a bit larger than this one, that I leave wild - but have to cut it before it seeds and fills all my flower beds with grass seed.

The wild area has a lot of wild flowers. At this time of year it's covered in thousands of cowslips, primulas and primroses (we call it the 'fairyland') and it's full of colours ranging from deep red, through, shades of orange, purple, yellows and whites.
P1200185.JPG


In June we have wild bee orchids - the ones in my avatar.

Having a large area the cut lawns make the garden look good and offset the flower beds beautifully. The beds tend to be less neat (regimented) and consist of mainly shrubs and perennials that give plenty of colour and/or architectural effect. The weeding of the beds is less frequent than the cutting of the grass as they can be removed piecemeal.
 
Joined
Jul 17, 2013
Messages
3,392
Reaction score
941
We do it on a weekly basis, in my new house there won't be a lawn, just some bushes and that is it. If I'm lucky I'll be able to start growing a lot different things in the yard :D Glad I won't have to mow anything.
 
Joined
Jan 30, 2015
Messages
1,530
Reaction score
488
Hardiness Zone
6b
Country
United States
If I see some beautiful weed flowers then I put off mowing the grass. We don't have much grass so it is not a problem, but weeding out my flower area is what I do most. They seem to grow faster than the grass anyway.
 
Joined
Feb 1, 2015
Messages
721
Reaction score
564
Location
Long Island, NY
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
United States
My front lawn needs to be cut three times a week until mid August when it slows down due to the heat. It's not a big lawn 30' X 100' and I have a lawn tractor, so 15 mins and I'm done. I'm now in the planning stage of putting hardscape paths thru it with decomposed granite, and then extending the flower beds in some sort of curvy pattern. Should be fun! :)
 
Joined
Sep 10, 2014
Messages
2,638
Reaction score
3,685
Location
central Texas
Country
United States
Licenter, congratulations on planning curved edge flower beds. They look much more natural, and are easier to mow around, too. We let our grass get a bit taller than usual, then use a hose to outline a bed, put down flour (yup, the white stuff!) along the hose, pick up the hose and mow the pattern. If it's too hard to mow we change the pattern.
A word about decomposed granite--it tracks into the house. Several people we know have used it for paths and one even for a patio, and they all mention it comes in uninvited.
 
Joined
Mar 16, 2015
Messages
443
Reaction score
516
Hardiness Zone
USDA 10a - Sunset 22
Country
United States
"If I am in the position of choosing to mow the lawn or do some weeding to make my flowers happy..."

As much as I hate to say, in addition to having to weeds in my flower beds, weeds also suffice for a lawn in my case. On the other hand my "lawn" can be considered drought tolerant. Growing up we had a nice front lawn, but these days, around here it's tough to keep a nice lawn for more than 1 reason.

I have to say Bootsy that is a beautiful looking yard and I love the lawn. I am envious.
 
Joined
Mar 24, 2015
Messages
606
Reaction score
920
Location
Close to The Garden of England
Hardiness Zone
8b
I have to say Bootsy that is a beautiful looking yard and I love the lawn. I am envious.
@Greenhorn Thanks for your kind words. :) It's just a part of our garden and takes a lot of work. It gets much tougher with the advancing years. We've been living in this place for 43 years and we are foolish enough not to try and make it easy gardening! :D

Here's a link to a U.K. forum where I posted pictures of our garden just before opening it for charity.

http://gardenerscorner.co.uk/forum/threads/sneak-preview-of-shineys-open-day.16514/

That was seven years ago and I haven't put another set of photos up. We open each year and raise a lot for charity but find it quite hard nowadays - but it's very rewarding. (y)
 
Joined
Feb 1, 2015
Messages
721
Reaction score
564
Location
Long Island, NY
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
United States
Licenter, congratulations on planning curved edge flower beds. They look much more natural, and are easier to mow around, too. We let our grass get a bit taller than usual, then use a hose to outline a bed, put down flour (yup, the white stuff!) along the hose, pick up the hose and mow the pattern. If it's too hard to mow we change the pattern.
A word about decomposed granite--it tracks into the house. Several people we know have used it for paths and one even for a patio, and they all mention it comes in uninvited.
Thanks for the tips mg. What I did the last time I cut in new beds was attach a rod to my mower deck. I then drove the lawn tractor with the rod scratching the ground in the outline I wanted. (worked well) As for the decomposed granite; Yes I have read that about it getting stuck to your feet. All paths will not lead directly to an area where it can be readily tracked into the house. I also plan on putting down a binder when all is said and done.
 

Pat

Joined
Oct 12, 2012
Messages
1,878
Reaction score
562
Location
Maryland
Country
United States
We have some one cut the front because of a steep slope, the back has 5 large trees that keep the grass from growing, we do have moss back there. I prefer to spend my time in the garden pulling weeds and planting new plants.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Jan 3, 2015
Messages
226
Reaction score
121
Location
Tennessee
Hardiness Zone
6a
Country
United States
I actually enjoy cutting the grass. It's kind of zen-like for me. It's a mindless task that you can do while thinking about other things. My mind usually wanders as I cut the grass - on the birds I see, or the squirrels playing in the trees. To the garden, what I want to plant where. Or even to things like my family or hobbies, or whatever. I just zone out, while listening to good music.

Then, when it's done - I look out over the yard and see the beautifully cut lawn - and the accomplishment of a job well done is very rewarding for me. Plus for me, the garden incorporates the lawn - the two compliment each other. And both look their best when the other is well kept!
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top