Pre Lawn Mower Days

When we moved into our house it was a disaster! We re-stumped before we moved but they could only get to the old stumps through the floor. Of course, the floor boards practically crumbled after they were lifted to put in the new stumps because they’d been attacked by borer.

Our house is around 120+ years old and still had the original red-gum stumps. The floor was, and still is, very uneven.

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One of the worst intact original stumps. Many were actually in half. These were holding up our house!

The walls were lath and plaster which of course just crumbled and cracked under the slightest shift in the house. Photos didn’t do it justice but here’s an idea of what our walls looked like after the re-stumping.

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One of our crumbly walls. My partner conveniently went away for work just in time to avoid the horrible job of patching and these walls ready for painting so I did the whole lot!

To top it all off, our roof leaked. 

So we were living in a house with a crumbly floor, cracked walls and a leaky roof. Needless to say, buying a lawn mower was low on our list of priorities! As a result, our lawn soon looked like this:

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I can proudly say that since this photo we’ve planted many plants and have mown our lawn dozens of times! I’m not sure what our lawn is, but it certainly grows well in winter!! I mow it about every 2 weeks and although it’s a pain, it’s really rewarding because the weeds are slowly coming under control and the lawn is flourishing. Here it is a week and a half after its shortest mow yet:

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Given that weeds are still quite prevalent throughout our lawn, we generally throw away our lawn clippings, but lately I’ve just been using the mulching attachment on our lawn mower and leaving the clippings on the lawn, especially since I’ve been mowing it so frequently. I’m not sure if this is wise or if I’m just spreading weed seeds throughout my lawn. We’ll hopefully get onto buying a compost bin soon and I can put the clippings in there.

What do you do with your lawn clippings?

-Spread them on the garden?

-Put them in the compost?

-Throw them in the green waste bin?

-Use the mulching attachment on the lawn mower?

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