Saturday, March 22, 2008

Holey Work

I bought a sod coring tool and punched a large number of holes in the ground today. I did this to saving someone else from renting a big noisy, gas guzzling machine to do the same job.

In the past, I did the aerating with a turning fork. The lawn in question had become uneven through the decades. I am hoping that removing the plugs from the bumps and moving them to the dips will even things out.

Doing a little aerating decrease water consumption and improves the quality of the lawn. IMHO, the big machines poke too many holes and can end up damaging roots.

Since the market has started turning food crops into fuel, it would make sense to rip up sections of the lawn and plant a vegetable garden. It is silly that we all have resource intensive yards that aren't producing anything. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to garden this year. So, I can only live a sustainable green life through others.

BTW: Share-A-Sale lists a new company called EcoMowers is pushing push mower as a ecofriendly idea. I like the fact that a large number of companies are finding a niche in the green product area. At this point in time, anything we can do to reduce a few gallons of oil consumption is welcome.

Speaking of Holy Work ... Happy Easter.


Anonymous said...

The EcoMowers are great, I purchased one last summer and love it.

Anonymous said...

Don't let the inside of the core tubes get rusty, else the cores will tend to plug up the tubes.

y-intercept said...

I figured that I should put oil on the inside tubes after use. Oil would protect from rust and prep the corer for next use.

Ooops in writing this I realized that my instincts were not environmentally sound. I used a [gasp] petroleum based oil. I guess I need to find a plant based oil.

Anonymous said...

Also make sure you wear a good pair of gloves, else you will end up with blisters on your hands. You have probably already figured that out ;-)

Tri flow works good for keeping rust away.