Saturday, May 29, 2010

IT'S TIME TO MOW THE LAWN!

How do you know it's time to mow the lawn?

Easy! The moment you realize Kemecut and gang begin to leave their needle-like little flowers on your pants everytime you enter their area, or when you see that La La Ng @ Lalang & Co. starts to establish its sub-companies here and there, then it's time to get your lawn mower ready for action.











You have to decide on certain things before you get started. First, you might want to decide on the extent of cropping that you wish to do: minimum, medium or maximum? Minimum cropping would leave you with greener lawn, but necessitate re-mowing within a much shorter time period. If you mow the area 'bald',  then you will have a 'botak'-look lawn, but a longer rest before putting your mowing machine into action again. What you decide on can tell wether or not  potong rumput job really excites you!


Mowing, done in the morning, might save you from the ill-effects of the sun's UV rays. But your lawn mower might not function efficiently in chanelling the wet and sticky grass into the bucket that is attached to its back. If you run the machine without the bucket (that will also make the machine lighter to handle), you will end up spending more time raking together the cut grass afterwards.










If you decide on not using the bucket, you might want to avoid pushing and pulling your machine in hay-wire or haphazard directions. That would mean that you are 'scattering' the grass that you have cut! Think about the raking task after that which might leave you gasping for breath!

Always push your machine forward (and pull it backward) in a straight line, to ensure that the cut grass would gather in straight lines too. This would make the raking job easier.  You could make several small 'grass islands' or one large heap out of the stuff collected.











I do not treat the cut grass as waste. I normally use it to make my compost fertilizer (just google to get more information about it). I also use it to mulch my young plants, like what I've done to my papaya tree (pic. above).


Different people have different reasons for mowing their lawns. I do it because I just love the job, although I must also admit that there are certain places that I don't like to mow  -  the slopes, which demand more energy in handling the machine, and those areas around the trees which curtail my movement.










I like mowing my lawn also because this job is a real sweat (for a warga emas like me), that can really make me sweat (and hopefully, stay healthy!). I have been yearning to make my lawn nampak elok (although this doesn't seem to be materializing!).

Oh yes, there is another important reason that I should mention. By mowing the lawn on  a more regular basis, I hope to discourage local PATIs (Pendatang Tanpa Izin), such as those shown below, from encroaching into my private property.










To All Those Concerned, Happy mowing!

32 comments:

ahmad humairi said...

Salam,

Mowing our garden, with the hope that PATI does not come, but they came to stroll on our garden. That means 'murah rezeki'. Let it be...

Happy mowing.

Hajah Zainab bt Abdullah said...

salam Temuk,

i used to mow the lawn during my younger days..but no more now !! my hubby will do the mowing and i will do the sweeping.

i see that your lawn is such a big area..compared to mine. i have little green patches now..most area have been 'covered' ! this is because my hubby is not that rajin to maintain the lawn :(

Kak Nora said...

Salam Temuk,
Wow, great exercise, very good BAS activity. It's good to have green around the house (or some area) to have that 'cooling'look. Happy mowing Temuk, have fun chasing the so called PATI away.

Pak Idrus said...

Temuk, Thanks for narrating this. I did not have a lawn and do envy you for having such a large compound. Mine is just 'sekakang kera' which I call my little garden. Anyway I love the smell of the grass especially after it has been mowed. Here the mowing is done regularly by the Local Council worker, so I just clean the mess after they have done their jobs. Take care.

Temuk said...

Salam Cikgu Humairi
Actually, those uninvited guests don't really care whether our compound is neat or jungle-like. They would still come. But, without the semak samun, we can at least see those creatures, creeping around. Frankly I don't worry about the biawak, but the other 'fellow' scares me a lot!

Temuk said...

Salam Hjh Zainab
Bagusnya ada specialization of labour dgn hubby. I used to take half a day to mow my lawn (50% of which = resting!). But I'd now take 2-3 days to do the job. Sikit-sikit! No, the lawn is not big. I'm trying to turn it into an 'urban jungle' now, by planting more big trees. I hope I will then have mediterranean climate around the compound (hehehe!) and spend less time on mowing. Tanda nak mula 'mim alif lam sin' lah tu.

Temuk said...

Salam Hjh Nora
My cousin used to work in Taiping. He lived in a govt bunglo, surrounded by lots of big trees. Really green and comforting environment! I do have fun chasing the biawak whenever he (she?) tries to drop by. But I would never try to play around with the other creature that is so harmful and fierce. Hjh berani ke?

Temuk said...

Salam Pak Idrus
Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. My lawn, frankly, is in fact only 'sekangkang semut'! I think, what matters most is the kind of stuff one has around the house - never mind the lawn size or the kind of house and where. I do envy your lawn too. Based on your earlier entries, I know you have extensively (and beautifully) 'decorated' the area around your house with varieties of nice plants, flowers and herbs!. And I know the whole compound has become such an adorable site, that provides enjoyment not only to your friends, old or new, but also to the numerous flying and creeping species seeking a hide-out free from urban pollution. Congratulations on creating such a conducive eco-system for those species that really need it. Have a nice day!

aidah said...

Salam ,

Luasnya kawasan rumah. Rumah sy rumah teres jadi tak yah nak fikir2 mesin rumput, hehehe. Tapi my hubby ada cita2 nk buat rumah sendiri yg ada tanah luas macam rumah En Temuk tu.

Temuk said...

Salam Pn Aidah
Alahai, tak luas mana pun. Bolehlah dijadikan tempat cari peluh (masa ada mood!). Baguslah rancangan hubby puan tu. Semoga telaksana dlm masa terdekat. Insya Allah! Selamat menjalani ibadah umrah & semoga mendapat keberkatan & keredhaan Allah.

Siti Roffini said...

Salam,
Very interesting article. My husband mows our lawn once a month so he has no choice but to opt for the botak look. He is also properly attired for the task, big goggles to protect his eyes,a pair of strange looking ear defenders for covering the ears, etc, etc. Quite a sight, I must say!

Temuk said...

Salam Pn. Siti Roffini
TQ. As a former tentera (am I right?), the quite demanding lawn mowing job should be 'kacang' to your dear hubby. Understandably, he is very strict about safety. My priority is wearing the 'H1N1' mask, to prevent the notorious dust and smoke from entering my sensitive nostrils. Have a nice day!

N @ MakNi said...

Salam ziarah balas Temuk,
...N tgk besarnya laman Temuk ni, tentu seronok klu tgk cucu bebas berlari kan...
dan tuannya rajin merakam...
dlu N slalu 'motong' rumput kat laman yg sekangkang kera kat ghumah N ni...tapi skrg xde lagi...sume dah N psg tile sbb kudrat dah x larat...cik abgnya x brape gemo exercise rope tuh... :(

Temuk said...

Salam N @ MakNi
Terima kasih. Tak besar manalah laman. Memang cucu2 (yg tua Drj 1) suka berlari2 & main sepak2 bola kat luar bila datang. Tok Wan kenalah pastikan rumput tak panjang. Elok juga idea pasang tile bila dah tak berapa terdaya, ye. Buat masa ni, insya Allah, biarlah berumput dulu. Ceria selalu!

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Temuk said...

Salam Sdra Awang
Terima kasih kembali. Will try to look at some of the reviews on Olympus Pen-PL1. Isn't using SLRs very costly nowadays? Have a nice day.

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تعد اعمال تنظيف الموكيت والسجاد من الاعمال الهامه والتي تحتاج الي جوده كبيره ودقه في التنفيذ لان الموكيت والسجاد يتواجد
من الاعمال شركة تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة التي لابد من القيام بها تحت اعين شركه كبيره تمتلك كل مقومات النجاح اعمال النظافه فالنظافه اصبحت علي اشكال جميله ومزخرفه ولابد من اليوم امر هام جدا نظرا لانتشار التكنولوجيا وتعدد الاستخدامات داخل اي منزل اصبح الاعتماد علي شركه تمتلك اسم كبير امر ضروري وحتمي علي كل البيت ولتوفير ذالك الامر فعليكم شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجدة الاتصال بشركتنا كشركه كبيره في عالم النظافه حيث تقدم الشركه شركة الصفرات للتنظيف ا
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شركة تنظيف منازل بالقطيف والدقه العالميه نحن نعد أفضل شركات سعودية متميزة فى أعمال تنظيف المنازل وتلميعها على أفضل وجه وظهورها دائما بمظهر جميل مسئوليتنا تجاهكم
شركة تنظيف منازل بالجبيل فنحن نعدكم باننا سنقدم لكم خدمه متكامله شركة تنظيف بالاحساء وراقيه جدا لذلك تقوم الشركة بالأتي أولا نقوم بتقديم الخدمات الشامله والمتميزة فى غضون وقت قصير جدا مع الجوده في العمل والدقه الكبيره في التنفيذ وستلمسوا ذالك نصب اعينكم لاننا نعدكم دائما بخدمات افضل . شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقطيف
ثانيا تعمل الشركه علي توفير خدماتها لجميع العملاء وتتواجد بشكل مستمر على مدار 24 ساعه حيث اننا نصلك اينما كنت ووقتما تريد فنحن معك شركة تنظيف بالخبر لاننا نمتلك اكبر فريق عمل داخل المملكه يقوم باعمال التنظيف علي اكمل وجه وافضلر شركة تسليك مجاري بالقطيف حال ممكن ويقدم مستويات باهره للغايه .
ثالثا الاعتماد على مجموعه من أفضل المنظفات والمعقمات المتميزة مثل الكلور والديتول حيث ان هذه المنظفات اثبتت بشكل كبير جدا فاعليتها ودقتها وقدرتها علي احداث الفارق واخراج اي بقع واتساخات شركة مكافحة حشرات بالجبيل وما شابه ذالك من الامور المتعلقه بامور النظافه بكافه اشكالها وانواعها المختلفه .

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