The Smell of Fresh Cut Grass

grassI love summer.  In reality, who doesn’t?!  I love summer because you can be outside and enjoy it.  I love the smell of fresh cut grass.  I love the way the lawn looks right after you’re done mowing.  The way it looks neat and tidy.  How it has the pattern in it from the tires and how it looks from the road. 

I also enjoy mowing the lawn, but I haven’t always done it.  In fact, growing up I never had to mow the lawn.  I know my oldest sister did and I think my younger brother did, but I didn’t.  I don’t know why.  I learned how to mow the lawn a few years ago because my husband HATES to do it.  I love it, he hates it!  Go figure!  When I first learned how, we had just a plain jane lawmower.  The type that had the steering wheel!  Fine and dandy, I had no problems with that.

Well, about 4 years ago my FIL got a new lawn mower after his finally died.  (Back story:  we live “next door” to them and since we have no garage/shed and had no money for a mower we would use his and to this day still do.  Thanks dad!)  Do you think between my husband and my FIL they could pick a mower like he already had?  Oh no.  Men think bigger and better.  They came home with one of those zero turn lawn mowers that looks like it should be used at the county park!  The thing was HUGE compared to what I was use to!


Needless to say, one try on that baby and I decided that I would not be mowing lawn anymore.  I was scared to death of it!  I couldn’t figure out how to move the arm handles to steer and stop and go forward.  My first ride lasted about 5 terrifying minutes!  That was the end for me.  I told my husband he would be mowing from then on.  Naturally he has complained ever since. 

This past weekend my mom was saying that if anything happens to my dad she’s moving to town where she doesn’t have to worry about mowing a big lawn and plowing out a long driveway in the winter because she’s not learning how to use the tractor.  Her sister’s could not believe she wouldn’t learn how and just give up her home because of it.  That day I decided I was learning how to mow the lawn with that big mower.  My husband brought it over for me and then left me be.  There I am, all by myself, trying to mow the lawn when I can barely steer!tree1

There was only one casualty I’m happy to report!  It was a tree, but don’t be sad, it was already dead!  It took some getting use to, but by the end I managed to get the yard mowed, not kill myself or anyone else and only run over one thing!  VICTORY for me!  I’m kinda proud of myself for learning to operate a large piece of equipment.  I can’t always expect my husband to do everything and I’m not about to move to town if something happens to him.  Now, where’s that tractor…..

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24 Responses to The Smell of Fresh Cut Grass

  1. sean says:

    i know were your comming from,,vicki has the same lawnmower and the first time i used it i was all over the god dam place….mastered it now i think…..

  2. Vicki says:

    Sue, I have the exact same mower and it took me like a year to get used to it..i just about flipped it over when i was going up a steep hill and forgot i had that rollbar sticking up so high, i hit a branch and my front tires starting coming up, I about sh** myself. another thing im always doing is ripping up the lawn from making those quick turns…its great for nice big open areas and zippin around the trees. i like it now that im used to it but i think i still like the other kind with the steering wheel better.

  3. You go, girl! Sounds kind of fun, using that huge lawnmower!

  4. jason says:

    The smell of

    Frersh cut grass to me is walking onto the diamond listening to centerfeild before the big game.

    Wet grass is the friday night football games in high school

    Both of therm mixed is my first time golfing with grandma 25 years ago at Elk River golf course.

    Smells make memorys much easier to………… REMEMBER

    P.S. Nicole doesn’t let me cut the grass

  5. Lucy says:

    I also love the smell of freshly cut grass. I don’t have a lawn… so I dont have to worry about these kind of things right now. I used to love mowing the lawn when I was younger.

  6. Laura says:

    I enjoy cutting the lawn, too… but don’t tell. It’s a good two to three hours (depending on whether I do the pasture or not) of nothing but me and my brain, turned loose to make up stories to entertain me.

    Now, my lawn mower? Leaves much to be desired. It’s an old workhorse, and just keep chuggin’ along (as long as it’s mouse-bit free), but it has a pretty narrow wheelbase, and doing the hills around my house just FREAKS me out. I’ve quit cutting sections of the lawn because I’m just SURE the stupid thing is going to roll any second.

    My smell is fresh-cut hay and clean horses. And morning, after a rain, when the wind is blowing in the direction of the dairy farm next door (when the wind is coming from there? Dear God, we’re going out for the day!!)

  7. Just a Mom says:

    I mowed the lawn for the 1st time in my life last fall when my husband broke his big toe. I don’t plan on ever doing it again! My husband and I have a great understanding, he does the outside work and I do the inside work. I am sure if anything ever happened to me he would get a maid so if anything ever happens to him I am getting a lawn service!

  8. Karen Joy says:

    OMG,I didnt even know there was mowers like that.Youd NEVER get me to use it.I dont evevn want to use our stearing wheel type.The lawn is up to my husband and I am happy he enjoys it.I to LOVE a freshly cut lawn with its lines in it,all tidied up.

  9. Tosha says:

    LOL.. You’ve never lived in Texas.. I don’t know many texans that say ” I love summer” .. Everything dies here in the summer. Its wayyyyyyy to hot to move much less breathe.. The humidity is so thick you can’t dry off after a shower and a quick trip to the grocery store has your clothes sticking to you like glue.. yeah.. We don’t say I love summer..LOL

    Our grass is pretty much DEAD.. I know how to mow but i prefer a push mower..

  10. nikki says:

    Oh Sue I LOVE you!! This was an adorable post! I don’t let anyone mow the grass. My brother does his part, but the rest is MINE! It’s relaxing to me, same as cleaning, I don’t think about too much else when I’m doing these things. Lets my brain rest from the daily stresses we have. I love the way it looks. I’m very particular in the way I mow, never the same way twice in a row. That’s the trick to the patterns and it grows nicer. 🙂
    Now this house is MUCH different to mow, my last house was one big yard, easy! This house is more like a cabin setting with lots of trees to maneuver through, and hills. It’s harder but I still do it. I’d NEVER allow Jason to do it, it’d drive me nuts!

    That lawn mower does look very complicated but I’m like you, I will figure it out!

  11. SKL says:

    I think I would enjoy figuring that out. Once my friends and I bought a plastic factory and I had to do all kinds of things during the tough times – drive the forklift, fix the machines – I was proud of being a bit mechanical. I love it when I can fix stuff the guys can’t fix – which happens often!

    But, I do not do my own lawn. We pay someone. I am just too busy, and there’s a guy who comes to do the next-door-neighbor’s lawn, so it’s a no-brainer. Someday maybe. I want to get one of those old push grass-cutters with just blades, two wheels, and a handle.

  12. pammy wammy says:

    I love the smell of freshly cut grass.I love the look of all the green.I dont cut grass anymore,my son has a John Deere riding mower,so he does ours and his.So much faster.I do still do the weeding and trimming.I love getting my hands in the dirt,very relaxing 🙂

  13. mssc54 says:

    If our yard was big enough I would love to have one of those zero turn mowers. Our lot is a corner lot in the burbs and measures 100X110. Still, I have a John Deer to ride around.

    What makes our lawn look so crisp is that I put a double blade in the gas edger.

    Don’t feel bad about “mulching” a dead tree either!

  14. Joy says:

    This post has me laughing my rear end right off!! I’ve been on this lawn more exactly ONCE! I HATE it. There is just to much in our yard for me to try and learn this. I was oversteering and ended up going like a drunken sailer and thought I was going to hit the house. So, from now on, it’s Paul’s job. I miss mowing the lawn because up until the time of this “man’s dream lawn mower,” I did it. For 20 years I took care of the lawn but no more.

    I’m wondering if I should bring up Darryl’s little experience on this. Well, I will. He got on there and was showing off and thinking how fun it was until he started to go over the hill in back. He then started oversteering and thank goodness he hit a tree going down the hill or I shudder to think what would/could have happened to him. The look on Sue’s face is something I will never forget. I thought he was joking around but her voice croaked “Darryl, are you alright?!?!”

    Or the time Paul got trapped under it for who knows how long??? One thing to remember, if you get off of it on a hill facing down, don’t step off the front of it or it WILL roll on you!!!

    Let’s just say that if I ever live here alone, I’ll either hire it done or I will be getting a steering wheel lawn mower like the good old days!! Or I’ll be joining your mom living in town.

  15. Joy says:

    I forgot to mention, I love the smell of fresh cut grass too.

  16. Sue says:

    You guys all make me laugh! I love mowing the lawn and now that I know how to use this big thing, it makes it more fun. By the end I was zipping around like I’d been riding it forever (and then I hit the tree! No, I hit the tree in the first half hour of mowing!). It is hard to get use to and I got off with my butt numb and my arms tingling from the vibration, but it was all worth it!

  17. joz1234 says:

    I am in the minority here, but I HATE the smell of fresh cut grass…couple that with the dust I digest on a daily basis here in Lubbock and you get WAY TOO many allergies.

    I mow our grass most of the time, but it is a push mower. I’m thinking that thing looks like a lot of fun!! 😀

  18. JavaQueen says:

    GOOD FOR YOU SUE! You go girl!

  19. Troy says:

    I really hate that smell and I hate the heat of summer. When I smell fresh cut grass I feel almost sick and start sneezing.

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