Recycling Lawn to Death + A Mower GiveawayJune 23, 2013
We’ve been killing our lawn intentionally for years, and we just recycled the last of it to death a few weeks ago. Over a decade ago, for our first eradication effort, we dug out a front lawn section to install raised beds. Later, we sheet mulched other large areas to make way for patios, edible gardens, honeybee hive locations, and mixed interest borders. This summer we killed the last toupee of it to make way for an experiment in hugelkultur, winter edibles, and gardening with dogs.
The way we’re sending this last bit of lawn back to the earth is also a lesson in recycling quite a lot of stuff that was taking up space we need for other things. Included in this recycling project is going to be giving away our Fiskars® StaySharp Reel Mower, which Fiskars® gave to us as paid writers. (They also gave us any other Fiskars tools shown in this post; these are not being given away.) They’ve blessed giving this used mower away to one of our readers as a way to make sure it continues to be used. Fiskars® has not otherwise paid or compensated us to complete this project or to write this post. (Read on to learn how you might get your hands on this great tool.)
So, that’s our crazy recycling hugelkultur mix-up…at least for the moment. Later, when the weather gets cold, we’ll re-attach the framed top (see first picture above for an example or follow the link below.) This will help keep in heat as well as keep out pests and any heavy snow loads. Both the rotting wood below and the sunlight that manages to filter in during winter will help build heat for the plants. If it gets too hot, the top can be vented an inch or so at a time. More cold frame photos and guide to building your own here.
Now…about the mower giveaway… (Now Closed)
Think of this like you would a free listing on Craigslist. We can’t afford to package and ship this mulching mower, so you’ll have to be local and able to pick up the mower from our location in Seattle, WA. Sorry out-of-towners…maybe next time. If you still want to throw your hat in the ring, leave a comment in the Garden Mentors® blog comment area below telling us us your thoughts on this experimental project. Be sure to include your email address so we have a way to contact you if you win.
Fine Print: All comments must be made on the Garden Mentors® blog thread below this post. The comment period ends Thursday, September 19, 2013 at noon PDT and is now closed. The winner will be announced no later than Monday, September 23, 2013 on this blog. Comments made on social media sites or other shared locations will not be considered. The winner will be chosen by us by putting all names in a hat and pulled randomly. The winner must be able to pick up the recycled mower from a Seattle, WA location. Location will be disclosed to the winner only. And, to reiterate: This mower was provided to Garden Mentors® by Fiskars® for free for review and writing purposes. And, it has been used. Garden Mentors® has received no additional compensation for this post, project or giveaway by Fiskars®.