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On Sunday, we decided to celebrate the very brief appearance of the sun in North Wales by joining in with Flymo’s ‘First Cut Sunday’, the day of the year where households across the UK tend to turn their attention their gardens. For the really brave amongst us (my eight year old, not me), it’s also the first day of the year where shorts are considered to be the most appropriate clothing choice after spending recent months wearing thermals when venturing beyond the four walls.
Because of the size of our garden, we tackle the mowing in stages. The side bit one weekend, the patch in front of the house the next. And in-between, we plant, prune and cut back where necessary. It’s never-ending work, to be honest. A challenge with both Paul and I working all week and then wanting to spend weekends with the boys, but we’re slowly but surely finding our way. And slowly but surely encouraging the boys to join in, too. They haven’t taken to weeding yet, though. More’s the pity!
To tackle the first cut of the year, Flymo sent us the Mighti-Mo. A cordless lawn mower powered by a 40V Li-ion battery with the ability to cut a 250 metre squared lawn in one charge. If you want to mow a larger surface area, the battery takes 120 minutes to fully recharge so should we decide to do ALL the garden in one day, it would give us the perfect excuse to take a break and pop to the village pub for a Ploughman’s and a shandy mid-mow. Now wouldn’t that be nice?
However, on Sunday, because the boys had rugby plans too, we decided to start with the overgrown patch of grass at the side of the house. With the magnolia tree in bloom and the rest of the garden beginning to transform, the lawn was seriously letting the side down (along with a fair few weeds and the odd plant having seen the best of its days, but there’s always next weekend, right?). Have a look …
With no cord creating a trip hazard and weighing a mere 9.9kg, are you thinking what I’m thinking? Child’s play! Yes, meet the lawn mower that’s sweet and simple enough to use that it can become an eight year old’s way of earning pocket money. Even at first cut with the grass super long in length, he was able to mow the entire lawn (supervised, don’t worry) in less than half an hour, emptying the grass box four or five times along the way. And no recharge required. Although we’ve since put the battery on charge in the garage ready for the Mighti-Mo’s next outing on Saturday, weather permitting.
Here’s how it looks freshly mowed. We used the highest setting which is recommend for the first cut so the grass isn’t at its shortest yet. We’ll go lower next time, though. It’s looking good though, isn’t it? Do you think he earned his £5?
If you share my love of spending time outdoors and want to follow along with our garden plans, pop over to In To The Potting Shed. We have little knowledge but lots of dreams.