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Old 10-10-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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DH and I are kind of amazed at the number of older retired men on our street (where we just moved to) who spend crazy amounts of time every day tweezing their yards. I love gardening too however this seems to border on the obsessive. Weather permitting...the blowers come out every day and each fallen leaf is blown away even though it is autumn and there is no stopping the leaves until they are done. Every three or four days the weed trimmers and mowers come out. And then of course daily watering so they can do it all over again. My analyst mind is just wondering what causes this strange obsession with the perfect lawn?
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:25 PM
 
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boredom? lack of hobbies? their lawn IS their hobby? they don't want to do the chore list the wife created for them?

if you're in an area that gets any amount of snow you might see the same behavior in relation to snow blowers
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:06 PM
 
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Pride in a well manicured and sharp looking lawn. Curb appeal begins with the lawn. Men love mowers and I suspect some may have zero turn with pride. It is also good exercise and conditioning.

The power of the engine and motor being controlled is like a car singing.

Question do you have any good looking ladies in the immediate neighborhood who might also be out?
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:10 PM
 
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Around here it's the women! My sisters are obsessed. Well one can't do it any longer but her female neighbor is 100 times obsessed, so she takes care of it for her.

That one I know has lots of issues, I guess you could call it. Always going 1000 miles an hour. I don't know how or why she does it. The lawn is just one of her obsessions.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:20 PM
 
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Pride- our lawns are one of our projections to the world. Also a well manicured lawn is for some a statement of yes we are doing well. While a less than tidy lawn suggests something else in some of our minds. I for one when driving especially in the neighborhood check out the lawn, curb appeal and make judgements accordingly. I know I am not the only one.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:20 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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DH and I are kind of amazed at the number of older retired men on our street (where we just moved to) who spend crazy amounts of time every day tweezing their yards. I love gardening too however this seems to border on the obsessive. Weather permitting...the blowers come out every day and each fallen leaf is blown away even though it is autumn and there is no stopping the leaves until they are done. Every three or four days the weed trimmers and mowers come out. And then of course daily watering so they can do it all over again. My analyst mind is just wondering what causes this strange obsession with the perfect lawn?
Don't know why they are so obsessed, but I feel sorry for you to have to listen to that noise constantly.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Those obsessive lawners would croke in our drought driven So. Cal. What would they do then? There is a ban on those blowers in our area but our once a week gardener uses a blower to blow dust.

My parents had a huge yard, lots of wasted space in retrospect as I'm gone from that world for a long time, my dad never cut a blade of grass.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:54 PM
 
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I have never understood or had any interest in lawns or grass. I do the minimal amount of work needed to prevent complaints. I have endless things I want to do aside from chores.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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While I am no "Joe Gardener" myself, I wonder why the OP wonders about this. So many people, both male and female, obsess about so many different things, including but not limited to all kinds of hobbies from woodworking to model trains to golfing to motorcycling to playing bridge and on and on. What about the women who spend countless hours keeping the inside of their homes spotless 24/7? They are not visible in the same way, of course, but is their obsession any more or any less understandable?


I see nothing particularly wrong with any of the above as a way to spend time. The yard freaks are at least keeping the neighborhood looking nice, which sure beats letting their properties become eyesores. I think it also beats sitting in front of the TV for huge amounts of time.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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In some ways, I approach lawn care as a kind of tribute to my dad. It was important to him, a child of the Depression, to have a nice yard, just as it was a point of pride for my mother to keep our home cheerful and clean. Long before the "sexual revolution", they worked as a team and we kids (my sister and I) had chores according to our abilities. Nearly all of our friends and neighbors lived similar lives. I try to make these points on the P and C board, but always get snarled down by the younger crowd with posts about racism, etc., which seem so strange to me coming from young white people who have rarely interacted with members of other races, while my home town, even in my earliest memories, was thoroughly mixed. It was just not a big deal to us, white or black. We were too busy working to involve ourselves in social issues on behalf of others who lived far away, I guess.

But patiently caring for a lawn, maintaining a (15-year-old Lawnboy!) mower, raking leaves, etc., helps to validate me as my father's son. He was a good, steady man and a good provider. It doesn't bother me a bit to follow in his footsteps when it comes to taking care of our yard and lawn. He always advised me to do what I can as long as I can, just as he did. Good advice so far!
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