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Lawn Mowing Season Opener In Osage County Kansas

4/21/2009 2:02:00 PM

Tags: kubota, diesel, cub cadet, mowers

Hank Will and Mulefoot piglet.After having been on the road for several days last week and enduring much rain and mud over the weekend, I noticed that the lawn at the farm was getting pretty shaggy. Part of the joy of working on GRIT, traveling for business and farming on the side is that "things" just get away from you sometimes. So much so that I just can't get too wound up about it.

Thanks to a beautiful sunny and windy day yesterday, my yard ... even most of the mud ... was sufficiently dry that I could mow the bulk of it. As luck would have it, the trusty 1984 Kubota-diesel-powered Cub Cadet garden tractor (with 50-inch deck) started right up with a quick jump from the pickup truck. I will need to do some work on that tractor's drive line this year, but hopefully I will be able to plan that repair and not be forced into it with the yard half trimmed.

2009 Cub Cadet 1000 series lawn tractor with aerospace-engineered deck.

I love the first mowing of spring. It is quite satisfying to even "things" up after a long winter and to take stock of the landscaping. I noticed that the lilacs are finally beginning to bloom, the redbud trees too. The wild plums in the hedgerow are flowering right along with the ornamental crabapple I planted last summer.

If the weather holds, I plan to mow the grass between the corral and the chicken pen this evening. I hope to trim around the trees and shrubs with the Neuton electric mower and I might even finish cleaning up the yard. And then, if light and energy allow, I might begin cleaning up the garden; if not tonight then tomorrow. Then there is the new fencing and the grading and seeding to be done ....

Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .

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Cindy Murphy
4/22/2009 7:44:31 AM
Oh! the first mowing of the year! It's one of my favorite spring rituals, and I always get disappointed if Keith beats me to it. I love the scent of newly mowed grass; he is more of a even it up to make it look nice kind of mower. LMHO - our mowing styles are quite different in that respect, especially when it comes to the first mow of the season. I'll cut around the patches of violets and other tiny flowers blooming in the lawn, while he mows over them. A patch-work lawn of different colors, or nice straight lines all in a row - to each his or her own, and who's to say which is better. Things are just starting to green up here, though, and it seems that first mow is a long way off. I'd better be ready, because psst....just between you, me, and the comment box way is better when it comes to the first spring mow. Happy Earth Day, Hank.

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