Okay time to mow the lawn, the grass is starting to take on more of a jungle like appearance and it needs a trim. I fired up the John Deere tractor and headed down to the start with the front lawn. Here we go, I activate the mower deck and begin the task of taming the jungle. After my first pass I noticed that the mower seemed to be cutting the grass a little short. No worries I am an experienced operator and I will just raise the mowing deck a little. I mean I didn’t want to have mow again in two days but the length of the lawn I had just gone over was looking like I had buzz cut it. I was confident that I had solved the problem and continued on. Reaching the end on my next row I turned the tractor like a pro and was engulfed in what could only be described as a massive dust cloud. It is not uncommon for the front lawn to be dusty as it is right next to the main road and therefore it collects a lot of dust from the gravel but this was a little dustier then usual. The length of the grass was only slightly longer but still not the right length. I made a mental note to talk to my husband when he got home from work about how the mower deck did not seem to be working properly. Back across for another pass and I notice that I am not only scalping the lawn but where I am turning there are now crop circles forming. Still unfazed I raised the deck some more, actually at this point it is as high as it will go. Well if that is as high as it will go then it must be all good and time to just get the job done. By the time I finished I have to admit that I was shocked by the number of crop circle formations and in fact given the length of grass that was left we would not have to mow it for the rest of the summer. Oh well nothing I could do expect maybe get some grass seed to fix the crop circles and may be some fertilizer to help will the length and made a mental note to really remember to get Grant to check that mowing deck as there is obviously something wrong with the darn thing.
When Grant got home from work that night he said to me, ” I see you mowed the lawn,” and before I could even tell him about the defective mower deck he asked, “so did you mow that whole lawn with the two front tires flat?”
Well I guess that would explain that no matter how high I cranked that darn deck I wasn’t getting any where. In my defense I would like to state that the tractor was handling fine and although in hindsight it did seem to be a little hard to turn. Lesson learned, it is important to do a walk around of your equipment before using it.
Have a Beautiful Day