The Man Way: November Time To Go Mo - Er Mow
Let's admit it, men either go half way or too far, and with power tools we can often go too far, but sometimes - just sometimes - The Man Way is the right way. It is November and that means its time for a reflection on grooming practices, no I'm not talking about Movember and our facial hair, but yard grooming.
|Exhibit A: After the fall|
But as we see with The Man Way, sometimes being Lazy is Smart. You be the judge.
LazyThe one time I did rake it took me a few hours over multiple weekends. I just mowed my lawn of leaves in an hour. So, yes, in essence I am being lazy and doing it the 'easy' way.
SmartSee lazy above. Isn't spending less time on something with the same results called efficiency - and efficiency is smart? OK, you want more? I got it.
You know what all those leaves raked into the street for the city to pick up do right? They take up parking spots, become a dam when it rains, create puddles and block up the sewer drain. It could even back up enough to flood yards and basements or wreak havoc on cars.
|Exhibit B: One pass of the mower|
I have even more. So after the leaves have sat in the street for a while, your community comes and picks them up. Where do they go? Depending on your community, they could just go into a landfill with other garbage. Truly forward thinking communities (like mine) can donate or sell the leaves much like other used resources like say metal to be used to make that black gold of gardeners - no not oil - dirt and compost. In Wauwatosa where I live at least they give much of the leaves to an organization that uses them to make compost for a charity (Father Dom who got his own great man story here), but stories like that are rare.
Here is another article, this time from the National Wildlife Federation which adds that making piles of leaves can be a winter sanctuary for wildlife.
|Exhibit C: The same yard as A after mowing nee mulching|
ConclusionAnd the winner is: SMART, or a s a friend said: Smarzy - smart AND lazy.
We have power tools for a reason. Would you rather chop down a tree with an ax or with a chain saw? It is far faster to mow the leaves, even if it takes a few passes, plus your lawn will thank you for it next year with less maintenance as it grows healthy and strong over Winter and Spring from all the extra nutrients you just gave it.
And that's The Man Way to do it.
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