Unplanned Maintenance

Gardening isn’t all fun and games. It’s not just sowing a handful of seeds in rich, black soil and then, in a few weeks, plucking a tomato from the vine and popping it in your mouth while it’s still warm from the sun. Nope, there’s a lot of weeding, mulching, watering, digging and general TLC for your garden beds every week to promote growth and protect your plants.

Then there’s the lawn. I know there are some gardeners who have given up on grass and there are days when I consider it. But I do love a lawn and I think mine (or most of it anyway) is here to stay. Which means my mower is here to stay.

Yesterday, after a particularly energetic stint of mowing (the grass was unreasonably long because I’m consistently too lazy to get out there and mow) I was raking up some of the clumpier bits of grass when I noticed the cover on my Flymo was resting beside the mower. Somewhere in my freshly mowed lawn is a very important screw. But that’s a less critical problem. The problem I needed to solve was how to reattach the cover to my Flymo so I could use it again.

Not a problem, after 3 minutes of ferreting through Frank’s screw collection, I found a perfect fit. The mower is now ready for another day which I’m afraid is tomorrow when I tackle the front yard.


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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2 Responses to Unplanned Maintenance

  1. karen says:

    Oh, so curious..

    Is this a perhaps-oh-so-valuable screw you found in the outback?

  2. Hmmm – could be. They’ve comingled with all the other screws we’ve collected over the years. You never know when they might come in handy.

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