Ah, it’s that time of year again. The birds are chirping, the toads are calling and you can’t hear any of it because the lawn mowers are running.
We opt out. I’m not even sure where my lawn mower is. I think it’s in the shed. Maybe. We used it on the 4th of July last year but not since. I don’t mind people mowing, it’s just not for me. It’s too noisy and I have better things to do. Further, it all seems Rube Goldberg to me; pump oil from Ottawa, haul it to Texas, refine it, haul it to St. Louis, put it in a machine from China, cut the grass off and watch it grow back again. No thanks.
Cows kinda like mowing grass. Take this model here:
This model (a 2011) was originally made on a channel island called Jersey but this specific one was built just up the road. There’s no patent protection preventing you from making your own, you just need seed stock. Not only does it cut the grass, it fertilizes for you, tromps weeds down, aerates the soil, produces milk (unheard of in a lawn mower) and can reproduce itself. That’s right, it’s a walking lawn mower factory! Further it requires zero gas, just water. Now, it doesn’t come with a manual but there are some things you should know.
1. It MUST mow or it will die and death is an unrecoverable condition for this type of machine. That said, death is not always an unwelcome condition for a mower. This is a good time to note that this type of mower tastes better than others.
2. It is better if you set things up so you only request that it mow as much grass as it can in a day and that you allow it to mow a new place every day, not returning to the first location for 90-100 days. This not only keeps the machine busy but keeps it in good working order. Further, you will have more and thicker grass than you have ever had before, far thicker than that of your neighbors.
3. If managed correctly, you will lessen the need to store up grass for it to mow during the winter months. In the picture above, the nearer model is eating fescue that has been standing since August.
4. If you have a large amount of grass to mow each year you may need more than one mower. This is a favorable condition.
5. If you have a small amount of grass you may want to consider sharing mowers between neighbors. It may also be a good idea to split the milk it will produce. Alternatively, you may consider a smaller mower called a “sheep”. These also reproduce, make milk and fertilize, though in far smaller quantities.
NOTE: Please don’t confuse a goat with a lawn mower. The goat is more like a weed eater.