First cut of the season, and all’s well in Syracuse

A month ago, even, I thought this moment would never get here.

The lawn outside the Little Bitty cherished by my dear wife Karen and I in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood had received its first mow of the season.

I did the honors Monday, front and back. I do believe that the cutting start date of May 4 is the latest since we moved in coming up on 11 years ago. The snow that piled up more than 160 inches’ worth this winter season, without a melt from the first of the year until after the official arrival of spring, had everything to do with the late mowing date, figures this armchair agronomist.

The Little Bitty of Eastwood, all spiffed up for Cinco de Mayo.

The Little Bitty of Eastwood, all spiffed up for Cinco de Mayo.

I could have pulled the mower out earlier, but the stars aligned for this particular occasion. Good Neighbor Tim offered to sharpen the mower blade for us, and I pushed our pretty red baby over to his workshop Sunday morning, and he brought it back in the afternoon. But I had other commitments, so Monday I changed the oil, filled the gas can, and enjoyed my half-hour of power pushing.

I love the way the front looks with the blooming rhododendron smack in the middle of the hourglass garden and the Robinson flowering crabapple happy in its third spring, full of buds and at the ready to flower a couple of paces away.

This is the week for yard waste recyleables to be picked up from curbside, too, as you can see.

Ellie B will share the backyard with Karen and I.

Ellie B will share the backyard with Karen and I.

Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle appears pleased that the backyard is cut down for her increased warm-weather wandering, as well. She loves it when Karen gets home from work and my dear wife and I take a few moments to savor life in those red chairs.

I wonder if I’ll get more than seven days between mowings at this start of this season.

Push mow, ride mow or let it grow? If you do your own mowing, how often to you cut your yard, and how long does it take? Would you put concrete or astroturf in instead of a grass lawn if you could, and why or why not?

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77 thoughts on “First cut of the season, and all’s well in Syracuse

  1. We are not getting a full week between cuttings at all. Have probably cut already close to a dozen times. I say ‘we’ though I mean ‘he’. Though I would cut, because I like cutting grass. Ours is a bitty yard so it’s push mow. I would like to landscape more, not to get rid of grass per se, but to utilize the yard more for play or garden. Right now it needs something….

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    • I think I will be once a week, MBC, push, 30 minutes. I love the grass with some cut-outs for gardens. It is a good mix developed by MDW Karen and cut by me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you and David can come up with something.

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  2. It’s looking very green and lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ Steve cut our grass yesterday – second cut of the year. I would never have astro turf. We saw some in a garden of a house we viewed and the colour was just too green!

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  3. Isn’t it great seeing all the green??? Dogamous Pyle looks like a mad dingo…. keep her away from babies!

    Just wanted to drop by and say hello, Mark. I’m in a weird place right now and haven’t been around much.

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    • I think she may have some dingo in her, my friend. We don’t know all the breeds because of her rescue heritage, of course. She does have a wild hair. But she is calm around kids, so, maybe not! You take care of yourself, OK?

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  4. My husband keeps talking about moving to a house on a bigger lot so the neighbors are farther away. I keep reminding him that he doesn’t particularly enjoy mowing the lawn on our normal suburban lot, and we couldn’t afford a lawn service. I’m sure not doing any mowing.

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  5. We get a week in, I have a “guy” who cuts & trims the green stuff in our yard but I’m not really sure it can be called a “lawn” more of a short weed haven.

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  6. Ahh…the lawn obsession. My husband has it. It’s genetic. Lately, he is devoting his free time to dandelion destruction…I’m waiting for him to start treating the neighbor’s lawn…after all, the wind blows them our way. Yikes ! โ˜บ Van

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  7. One of the nice things about living in an apartment is not having to mow the lawn…well at least that’s what I think. I know there are lots of people who take pride in a nice garden and if I had a green thumb I probably would too. I’m ashamed to admit this but, when we were home owners, our lawn looked so bad our neighbors had to get on us to do something about it. Of course it looked terrible when we moved in anyway. We were thinking rock garden but that’s a lot of work too.

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  8. Love the smell of dew on the lawn in the morning. Love the smell of fresh cut lawn anytime of day. Love rolling down a small hill covered in manicured lawn.

    But we live in the woods with 100 foot giants. So we grow moss and mushrooms instead of lawn . . . I will live vicariously through your lawn. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • When we left Seattle, we moved to “the outskirts” of a small town. However, civilization is encroaching. We now have a few stop lights and a few sidewalks and a movie theater.

        And with the advent of mega construction in our area, I suspect “small” town will soon be an oxymoron.

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  9. Beautiful lawn. Ellie B makes me feel sorry for every apartment dwelling pooch who does not have their own lawn to romp around.

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    • Ellie B is fortunate to have our little plot of happy green, Ros, and she makes the most of it. I still walk her every day to get more sights and smells. And to spoil her even more. And get her winter belly off. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. it looks great mark. i have to take my mower in, as it’s not starting, and neither marc or i are mechanical in the least. meanwhile, my lawn is looking a little long and shaggy. i love having a little lawn, only takes about 20 mins and more and more of it is becoming vine and flowers over time. )

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    • Uh-oh. Did you leave gas in it from last year, Beth? Sometimes if you leave too much, it goes bad over the winter and then the mower won’t start. Did you check the spark plug connection? Make sure the little lever that lets the gas flow to the tank pushed toward on? Engage the choke properly? That’s the extent of my preseason knowledge. Mark B over and out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. It was an exciting weekend seeing the suddenly green grass, but we’re not quite ready for any mowing. (when i say ‘we’ I mean other people; I also live in an apartment and don’t have to worry about such things) I did pick up a push mower at a yard sale one year when I lived in a house with a postage stamp front yard that I had access to (the upstairs renters had the back yard) I quite enjoyed the mowing process – love the sound the push mower makes, as well as the smell of freshly cut grass. Took about 15 minutes as I recall.

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  12. I think I told you we’re moving in the direction of “lawnlessness?” Adding shrubs, perennials, and herbs to the front — doing food on the side? One day there’ll be very little to mow ๐Ÿ™‚
    It takes about 3 hours for The Mister to do our 1.3 acres. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m sure it would take about half that with a rider, but we don’t have one yet. I wanted to negotiate the prior owner’s in with the sale, but we had to bargain with the electrical box upgrades, soooo…*sigh*
    Love the lil red chairs, we have them in brown. And Sadie is very content to guard the porch while we relax in them! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • I remain enamored with your estate plan for growing your own for food and loveliness both, Joey. Dang, that rider would have been a nice kicker in the negotiations. Poor hubby. That’s a lot of pushing in the summer heat. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  13. We have a lot of rock here in the desert, Mark. I *lot* of rock. But I have a big grassy lawn in my backyard, enough for a decent wiffle ball game next to the batting cage ๐Ÿ˜€ Green grass is precious โค

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  14. I was checking out The Great Lawn of The House on the Hill earlier, and I might have to bust out the lawnmower this weekend.

    Think of the blog posts and photos that will inspire…

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  15. The front of our buildings all have cedar chips spread so no grass or weeds will grow.. it looks quite nice. I have never liked grass and had hay fever for decades Freshly cut lawns started the sneezing. I do like the look though. And it is great for dogs like Ellie. Your yard is looking great Mark – in fact the Little Bitty looks wonderful. Great pictures and a fine looking yard and home.

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    • Thanks so much, Paul. Now, little projects to spruce her up even more. I have started sneezing myself the last few days, though. I have a bit of an allergy, too. Ahhh-chooo.

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  16. Nice yard, Mr. B!! I can see why Ellie B enjoys it. I hope you had some tequila while sitting on those red chairs yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚ My Mr. B mowed our yard on Sunday for the first time and although it looks lovely, it sparked a horrendous allergic reaction in me and I could not even see my eyes were so closed! I spent all Monday with a box of tissues on my face! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh well, I can’t really complain, I’ll take pollen anyway over snow!

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  17. I love your green, beautiful yard! Both my son and I are VERY allergic to grass, so my sister mows for us every weekend. And according to her, it needs to be done twice that often. As for me, yes, I’d definitely prefer the Brady Bunch astroturf yard. ๐Ÿ™‚

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