No mo no mow May


Regular reader will know that part of my morning (and afternoon and evening) routine is to take my buddy Jaimie for a walk. Any keyboarding teachers remember “walking down the street, glancing about” or something like that.

Anyway, that’s what I do as we get our first 5 000 steps in during our morning stroll. It’s always the same thing; when you live on a concession road, there aren’t too many options!

It’s a chance to make various places along the way for him and for me to check out what the neighbours are up to. I can tell you that one neighbour has been taking advantage of the “No Mow May” deal. The lawn there is incredibly tall and I think there’s an election sign in there somewhere.

On the other side, the bee breeder even further down the road has a nicely trimmed lawn. So much for “No Mow May” there. The concept was to not mow your lawn and let the dandelions grow so that the bees have something to maintain their population.

The problem, it seems to me, is that if you let your lawn go all to over grown, the dandelions if there were any, get lost. Ditto for the other side of the road that would normally be trimmed by the town; I don’t know if they observe the May thingy but it hasn’t been trimmed either.

Now, we know why I walk the dog. Modesty prohibits him from waiting for a clear space or to do his business on the gravel at the side of the road; he has to head into the weeds. In a perfect world, that would be tough. But, arm yourself with a poop bag and try to elegantly clean up! I’m convinced that it can’t be done.

Somehow, he can also time things until we get to that overgrown lawn.

I’m hoping that now that May is over, the homeowner and indeed the town get out and knock down the weeds for us.

Photo by Erik Karits on Unsplash

These days, it’s not just cleanup that’s the issue; it’s the mandatory tick check when we get back home. Who likes to have one of those suckers attached At least he has medicine to address it; I don’t!

Here’s to the return of mowing for June onwards.

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