|Daffodils! They were my wedding flower! I'm so happy they're here in our garden!|
|Tulips mean spring, right?|
A few days later Jason and I decided to rent a lawnmower from our local rental place in Colville. At $10/hour, it would help us figure out what we liked and/or wanted. And in the intervening days our grass was once again about 6 inches tall. I got the lawnmower home and started mowing. It was self propelled and I was LOVING it! It cut the grass short; it wasn't hard to push; and, I didn't have to stop every 5 miunutes to catch my breath. About 10 minutes into mowing, the machine just stopped. I checked the grass bag and it was stuffed full. I emptied the bag into our compost bin, turned the mower over to clean it out, and decided to leave off the bag and just let the grass collect where it was cut. When I started the mower up again, it almost immediately turned off. Without the bag, the grass didn't have anywhere to go and it was just getting caught in the machinery. I cleaned up the bottom of the the mower again and reattached the bag. Every 5-10 minutes I had to stop to empty the bag. It was annoying but I was trying to think of all the good nitrogen for the compost. About 1/3 done with the lawn, the mower died and refused to start again. I called the rental company and tried to troubleshoot over the phone. In the end when I brought the mower back, they told me that the grass had clogged the machinery and would need to be cleaned out. After breaking two lawnmowers, I decided that maybe Jason is right, maybe we will just have a meadow and not a lawn.
|Can you see where the lawnmower quit working?|
|Another edge where the lawnmower stopped working|
|So I guess this is our "meadow," with the garden in the background.|
Does anyone know how to turn bluegrass into something low growing that wouldn't need to be mowed? Next year we plan on having chicken tractors, maybe I can plant some sort of low growing plant after the chickens have scratched up all the grass. Any ideas?