I halfway had it in my noggin while I was marching in all our bins across it that the first time I’d mow the lawn at A Bitty Better in the Liverpool neighborhood of Galeville would be sometime in the spring of 2017.
As the man who ran for president said so many times in those debates:
Not when last Saturday dawned with a blue sky, warm air and a calendar that said one more chance for a good cut before switching to Eastern Standard Time. So I took the empty red gas can I’d transported from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse City neighborhood of Eastwood, drove down to the corner gas station, and squeezed what I imagined to be just enough fuel for one more mow. Anything left over would go into the tank of my Chevy Cruze.
The backyard, what with its great yawn of an in-ground pool to skirt, was accomplished in no time flat. Even though I took my sweet time to get it right up to the three borders of the fence.
The front is bigger than that of the old place, even with less side lawn because I used to mow more than I had to at the empty lot.
A new wrinkle is the sidewalk. At the Little Bitty, the grass went straight out to the street. That will give me more to shovel come snow days, I thought as I mowed.
All in all, with different trees to circle and other routes to ponder, it probably took me about the same time to mow. No funky patterns. Just straight across.
I was happy with my work. I may do another mow for mulching if we get a lot of leaves, in fact.
What do you think of my work on the new lawn? Would you put the mower away now? Diagonal patterns next year, or more conservative?