Lawn and dis­or­der

GREEN GREEN GRASS: Mow­ing is a chore we ei­ther love or hate, writes David Ov­erend.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Gardens -

ANT to know how to while away two months of your life? Get a lawn, and get a lawn mower be­cause, ac­cord­ing to a new study, that’s how much time Bri­tons spend crop­ping the grass.

The re­search, by ar­ti­fi­cial lawn re­tailer, Grono, sought to un­cover the na­tion’s mow­ing habits by look­ing at time and fre­quency. Us­ing the data pro­vided, re­searchers cal­cu­lated that we spend nearly two months, 6.8 weeks, of our lives cut­ting the grass.

Re­searchers asked re­spon­dents three ques­tions. Firstly, to the near­est 10 min­utes, how long does it take you to mow and edge your lawn? How many times month you do this? And, how many months a year do you cut the grass?

Ac­cord­ing to the data, the aver­age gar­dener spends roughly 60 min­utes cut­ting and edg­ing their lawn and this is done on aver­age 2.4 times a month

The ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents said that they mowed the lawn for eight months of the year, gen­er­ally start­ing in March and end­ing in Oc­to­ber. This equated to around 19.2 hours a year spent trim­ming the grass. Over the course of a life­time, this fig­ure rock­ets to a stag­ger­ing 6.8 weeks of lawn­mower ac­tion.

One woman said: “My hus­band is absolutely ob­sessed with our lawn – he cuts it at least three times a week, feeds it al­most ev­ery night and trims the edges by hand. In fact, I have even known him to get the vac­uum out and Hoover the lawn

“Af­ter the kids, me and the dog, I think the back lawn is his num­ber-one pri­or­ity – well, at least I hope it’s in that or­der.”

An­other man said of the poll: “I absolutely hate mow­ing the lawn and leave it as long as I can be­fore I have to do it.

“We’ve got quite a big gar­den with lots of grass, so it al­ways takes me for­ever to cut it. I am sorely tempted to buy one of those siton lawn mow­ers, or, even bet­ter, a goat.”

Cut­ting the grass is a chore you ei­ther love or hate. There are peo­ple who spend hours man­i­cur­ing a lawn the size of a postage stamp, and oth­ers who have acres which they let grow to waist height.

And, of course, there are all those peo­ple who have nei­ther a lawn nor a lawn mower, which gives them two ex­tra months to sit and watch the telly...

LIFE’S WORK: We spend on aver­age two months of our lives mow­ing the lawn.

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