Voila! It’s done! The first mowing of the season is in the bag. So to speak. I left the grass clippings on the lawn for the first mow, so they will break down and reintegrate into the soil (hopefully) and make a stronger lawn in the process. Bagging clippings makes a lawn look nice in the short term, but my parents never bagged theirs (probably because their lawns encompassed about an acre) so for the most part I don’t bag mine. Of course my lawn is a mere fraction of the size, but then again I don’t have a place to put the bagged clippings, except for a small brush pile behind the garage. And at the end of the season I have to find someone to haul it all away. Which costs money. Consequently, most of the clippings stay where they fall. UNLESS it’s been many weeks and the accumulated debris would end up killing said lawn. So there’s many factors to consider.
Having the day off and getting the lawn mowed early also gave me time to think about what to do with the garage this year. Most years I get out the mower and the rototiller, use the latter once or twice and the mower every week or twice a week (depending on the weather) and then in the fall have to figure out a way for everything to fit in the garage again so the car can reside as well over the winter. It ends up being a major chore, simply because it’s a one-car garage and there’s so many other things that need to fit in there as well. Having a garden shed would come in handy, but although I’ve suggested it many times, it’s never seemed to garnered much enthusiasm from the opposite end of the marriage.
Needless to say, cleaning out the garage and getting rid of all the stuff that has been accumulating over the past twenty years is a goal for this year. Just have to do it on a day when it’s not quite so hot. Heat tends to suck at my ability to get things accomplished. But then again, days when it’s below freezing does that too. So it’s a matter of scheduling.
Finally, there’s still planting to do. Memorial Day is coming up, and like most years, I get the holiday off. So there will be time for that.