Why I cannot mow the lawn
You are looking at two reasons why I cannot mow the lawn. There are others, but these are the most formidable.
In the upper part of the picture is MrsDoF, whose significance will be explained in a moment.
In the lower part of the picture are some little flowers that grow in our mostly chemical-free lawn (I draw the line at insects that physically damage wood-frame houses). I think the little flowers are called violets. They’re less than an inch across, and are a pretty purple color. There are – shoot, I don’t know – millions of ‘em.
For several weeks every spring they blossom and during that time, MrsDoF does not wish any mower to harm them. When the blossoms go away (round about the time the grass is knee-high and my realtor neighbor is ready to have a heart-attack) then mowing is OK.
I like these little plants a lot. They’re short, and if I could get them to take over the yard entirely, I’d never have to mow because they only get a couple inches high. Unfortunately the grass just won’t die.
Unlike some people (you know who you are) I do not have a love affair with my lawn. I do not water it, for instance, because that would only encourage it. Fertilizer? Get serious – I’d like to kill it and replace it with little flowers.
Other reasons why I do not mow early in the year include: my lawnmower is a piece of junk and I am too cheap to buy another, and I just don’t have energy to spare beheading helpless plants anyway.
To see a close up picture of the little flowers, click the “Read more” link.