Update–August 31, 2015: Brown Is the New Green?
Update–August, 2015: This article says the number one crop in the USA is grass–history, oddity, and commentary.
New robotic lawn mowing technology aims to deliver freshly cut yards with little set-up.
Man Figures Out How to Make His Lawn Mow Itself—
Is it the smell of fresh-cut ingenuity or a case of some dude going in circles?
** As with other recent reports, this study indicates that being a couch potato is pretty much a death sentence, and it also makes it sound as if mowing the lawn is less like a chore and more a gift of life. Hmmm… on a hot day when I’m using an old mower, I wonder if it’s better to give than to receive.
In Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, Dandelion Wine, Grandfather learns that a boarder in his house plans to install a new type of grass that does not need cutting. This gets his dentures grinding for several reasons: he believes grass cutting is a zen-like activity that allows one to think; he believes we should not be obsessed about the newest time-saving methods; he believes we should hold on to some of the simple tasks of life, especially if they are connected to nature.
Of course, some might point out that Grandfather was no longer the one who actually had to mow the lawn–he simply sat back, listened to the drone of the engine, and smelled the aroma of the fresh-cut grass. Nevertheless, many would understand his lawnmower rite-of-spring: sharpen blades, change oil, tune engine. If the mower is old or reluctant, the ritual then goes on to include: adjust choke, pull chord repeatedly, utter occasional swear words. The first sound of the mower proclaims that winter has faded. However, if certain trends prevail, we could one day be in for a “silent spring.”
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