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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2012, 02:31:40 pm »

I looked up Astro Turf and I'm not sure it'd be an option for me. The very reason I don't want a lawn is maintenance; I'd probably have to vacuum that fake lawn thing, or something. Concrete only needs a broom!



Though in all likelihood I'll probably just get an apartment. Or if I'm rich, servants to do the yard work. Nothing in between.
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2012, 05:43:17 pm »

I looked up Astro Turf and I'm not sure it'd be an option for me. The very reason I don't want a lawn is maintenance; I'd probably have to vacuum that fake lawn thing, or something. Concrete only needs a broom!



Though in all likelihood I'll probably just get an apartment. Or if I'm rich, servants to do the yard work. Nothing in between.

just paint the concrete green.
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2012, 07:55:48 pm »

LAWNS KILL BEES

I just googled that phrase and found nothing. Congratulations, those three words in that order have never been typed into the googleable internet before! Until now.

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« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2012, 11:18:33 pm »

I thought we had lawns because at one point, we became rich enough to not need to grow vegetables - and what better way to smear that fact on your neighbors' nose than growing a lawn instead ?

I dunno, looks like something humanity would do :p

And if I had a lawn, I'd let it go wild as much as I can. I want flowers and bugs and critters and stuff. I'm probably not made to live in an american suburb.
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2012, 11:24:24 pm »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-enGOMQgdvg

Relevant video is relevant if memory serves, there's a bit of other stuff in there, but it covers why we have lawns.
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2012, 01:49:57 am »

Heh, we still use cows to mow our lawns, saves me having to do it!

I feel like the lawn probably came out of old english nobility, where being able to keep your grounds in absolute tip top order was probably a sign of someone who was wealthy enough to afford many servants. That would be my best guess.

Ah ha! Only a servant would get down on hands and knees and chop at grass with a pair of shears. :P
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2012, 02:00:20 am »

I have to say, a well-maintained lawn is very nice to have especially if there's kids about, not that it necessarily justifies the effort. Up here in Washington though it does help with rain runoff (near where I live are a number of acres of swampland left uncultivated for that purpose) and doesn't require a ton of watering, though.
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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2012, 02:14:37 am »

Re: why lawns: We have cut lawns nowadays to cut down on vermin issues (particularly re: snakes -- an overgrown yard in some places can be damn dangerous -- but there's some other critters it helps with, too.) and reduce fire hazards in crowded areas. S'not just aesthetics. Can depend on how high grass/undergrowth normally gets for your area, though.

I never thought of that either! This matches my experience of not seeing snakes since I lived somewhere where there were closeby grassy areas, wilderness. Never seen any since I moved to the middle of a dense suburb, not even an unkempt lot in sight, and if anything tried to get here from the nearest habitat, it would get run over or picked up by a hawk on the way.

I miss snakes. Rattlers are the only scary ones I've seen in the region, and only in one area I've been to have I seen them. They rattle and you go away. :P I'd just be worried about making sure I don't step on one before I notice it.

On a side note, has anybody ever seen that episode of survivor man where the guy eats a big fat snake? I think it was a rattler. I've been wanting to try snake for a while...

Randon thought: I bet cows and rattle snakes don't like each other much. :P Cows turn their hiding grounds into lawns.
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2012, 02:16:12 am »

LAWNS KILL BEES

I just googled that phrase and found nothing. Congratulations, those three words in that order have never been typed into the googleable internet before! Until now.

Now google it again.

Haha nice, I was expecting google to catch that at some point.
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2012, 02:19:05 am »

Iirc, snake tastes kinda' like kilbasa sausage (however the blazes you spell that), or at least the stuff I had did, however it was prepared. You can occasionally find people selling it down here in florida, at least.
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« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2012, 03:00:11 am »

I have to say, a well-maintained lawn is very nice to have especially if there's kids about, not that it necessarily justifies the effort. Up here in Washington though it does help with rain runoff (near where I live are a number of acres of swampland left uncultivated for that purpose) and doesn't require a ton of watering, though.

Now that I'm accustomed to lawns, I'm not sure what a good alternative would be for having something soft to walk on. In my dream home I'd love to avoid lawns in favour of something else, but if I intend to have hippies over, there really needs to be some kind of grove for us all to sit on the grass or what have you... I can't escape it, and the only alternative I can think of is some kind of short growing clover or something, and even that gets big enough to have to mow.

I worry that letting a goat live in my circular hippy grove might mess with the atmosphere of the grove. If I let him be relatively free, he's gonna eat all my wonderful plants instead of just the grass. I don't wanna tie him down with a rope exactly the radius of the circle, that's mean. I don't want to imprison another animal unless they've got a fairly large and pleasant prison to roam in.

Perhaps the grove would be situated in a large section devoted to the goat, where I would try to plant enough fast-growing plants he likes to munch on that they have time to grow back somewhat and give him something else than grass to chew on. I'd even like to spoil him and grow him some kind of very durable flowers that'll survive a goat and grow again. But how much would he appreciate a whole bunch of hippies hanging out in his grove once in a while? Would he get pissed at having his space suddenly intruded by a bunch of uhhh inebriated hippies? That would totally defeat the purpose of the grove, if the goat didn't like sharing...
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #26 on: July 19, 2012, 08:05:44 am »

Goats are the best lawnmowers ever, also multipurpose lawnmowers because they eat everything.
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #27 on: July 19, 2012, 09:03:01 am »

Goats will even eat kudzu.
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« Reply #28 on: July 19, 2012, 09:06:28 am »

Goats will ignore your grass and eat the neighbours' roses. They're just evil bastards like that.
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Re: The first lawnmower was a cow.
« Reply #29 on: July 19, 2012, 12:21:31 pm »

Goats will ignore your grass and eat the neighbours' roses. They're just evil bastards like that.

Probably thats why they are used with pentagrams on covers of Satanic Black Metal albums.
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