The way we take care of our lawn has been evolving. First we gave up the professional lawn mowing -- I mean, they used a big gas guzzling monster mower and had to drive a big truck to get it here. Not very environmentally friendly. After that we canceled the lawn service -- no more chemical herbicides, pesticides and fossil fuel fertilizers. And finally. . . we got a new mower. Not gas, not electric, just good old fashioned human power.
We purchased it last night and today Maddie was very excited to see it in action, so even though there isn't much grass to cut yet, I took it out and gave it a spin around the back yard. It is a good work out and I think I'll be able to give up the elliptical machine on the days I mow. I also like that I can mow the lawn -- at my leisure -- without a lot of fuss. There isn't any gas or oil that has to be added, there isn't any cord that I have to pull (I've never been able to start a gas mower!) Oh -- and a reel mower is quite inexpensive. We got the wider model (20 in.) because we have almost a 1/2 acre lot and it was just over $100 -- the smaller model was under $100 (and no gas or annual service charge!)