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Thursday, July 16, 2015

country n news-oh deere

when we first moved to the country n 15 years ago
it was obvious that we would need a riding lawnmower
i actually planned on mowing all my 10 acres with
this new mower

so i bought a second level riding lawnmower real cheap
i mowed it into the ground literally
i gave it to my neighbor next door
since the mower wouldnt mow any more
but it ran
so he hooked it up to his small trailer
to haul hay fertilizer etc around his property

after mowing a lot i realized this golden rule
of buying tools and farm equipment
buy the best and they will last a long time

so i went to the bible of buying
consumer reports
the top rated mower was
this john deere riding lawnmower
in the picture above i used it to haul kids around our
pasture during our annual clinic party here
at the country n

that was the easiest task that it does

it didnt take me long to realize
dont mow all your pastures
let nature take over and do what it wants to
to the land
with some tweeking from me of course

i take that john deere mower and mow my wife shes
walking path
a mile long winding path around our property
she wont walk on it unless its kept mowed
she be like scared of snakes
i oblige her
it wasnt long before i purchased the trailer for the
john deere
best thing i ever bought around here
i haul rocks grass brush trash kids even my wife she once
dogs around the property

then of course i mow only my 1 acre that is fenced in
around our house
during drought times
i only have to mow it twice a year
this year
we have had so much rain i have mowed it twice
already and was long overdue for a mowing
i ran full speed into a small tree trunk
stopped dead in my track
with a whiplash crashing it was

it wouldnt move wouldnt mow
my wife she and i loaded it on my truck

off to the repair place
when they called after it had been in the
lawn tractor hospital for a month
i drove over there and picked it up

now the old country guy who works on it
it took so long because there were what looked
like a graveyard of lawnmowers waiting in line
to be worked on

the repairman has a flat top
slightly overweight
wears old overalls with a white t shirt
he may have even had one strap undone
i thought he would look better with a piece of
straw in his mouth
i think i heard banjo music in the background

he says
you kinda rough on that mower aint you
there sure was a lot of stuff under that mower
now i fixed almost everything
except for a slight miss in the motor
thats going to cost a lot more to fix
i suggest you run it awhile and see if it clears
if not
it needs a reworking of your carburetor
well he didnt finish his remarks
i think he was going to say
take care of your tools
my historian brother always says to me

i got onto that mower
attacked that 3 ft native grass in my yard
mowed it and mowed it and mowed it
three times to get it to its 4 inch height

now if it wont rain anymore for a while
i may not have to mow again this year

lessons learned
regular maintenance is important
buy the best
take care of your tools

the organicgreen doctor

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