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I know that winter isn't exactly the time of year for walk behind lawnmowers and because of that a lot of people simply store them away this time of year until spring rolls around and they pull them out again.

Because of that, I've oftened wondered how many of you diehard's out there ever go through withdrawals of not using your machines during this time of year and have to pull one or two of them out from hibernation every once in a while, fire it up, and maybe run it over the dormant lawn a few times to 'clean it up'?

While I don't do it to my Honda, I do have to do it once a month or so to my old girls.:)
 

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Last weekend I warmed up the Deere and Generator. I looked at the lawnmowers but ran out of time. With snow that has now melted and this time of year the grass is mostly flat to the ground. So I just warm them up next to the shed. While the lawn is soft I thought about doing some early de-thatching and aerating. Will see how the weather holds out tomorrow while I'm off.
 

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Yeah I was just out last weekend working on the mowers and getting my L-120 and my walk behind ready. I suspect that in the part of the country I am living at we might be getting a early spring. Tonight was a strong clue as we have killdeer birds that make unique sounds and I heard a small group when I was walking my dogs. There is no way you can miss them when you hear them.

Killdeer in this part of the country are the first birds generally that migrate back in the spring but they generally are not back until the 2-3 week of March. It sure got me happy to hear those noisy birds back.
 

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I still have approx 2 feet of hard dirty snow down with drifts out front by the road at least 5 feet. I did got out today and pick up an old mower for parts. I just threw it out back by the shed just off the path I have dug to the door.
 

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Well I know it's early but I spent about 4 hours today out in the yard. With clear blue skies and temps in the 60'sF I could not resist. First I cleaned up gum balls under the gum tree. Then I rolled the yard and went over it with my de-thatcher and pull behind sweeper. Dumped out about about 4 hoppers of dead grass in the garden for mulch. Then went over it with the aerator to try and loosen it back up after all the packing it down I done. ;)

I really don't know how much good all that really does for the grass. But it is as good of an excuse as any to ride the tractor around for a few hours during a warm and sunny winter day. :D

Temps in the teens and snow, sleet, and rain returning next week. :rolleyes:
 

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Well I know it's early but I spent about 4 hours today out in the yard. With clear blue skies and temps in the 60'sF I could not resist. First I cleaned up gum balls under the gum tree. Then I rolled the yard and went over it with my de-thatcher and pull behind sweeper. Dumped out about about 4 hoppers of dead grass in the garden for mulch. Then went over it with the aerator to try and loosen it back up after all the packing it down I done. ;)

I really don't know how much good all that really does for the grass. But it is as good of an excuse as any to ride the tractor around for a few hours during a warm and sunny winter day. :D

Temps in the teens and snow, sleet, and rain returning next week. :rolleyes:
Good you got to spend some time in the yard before the snow hits again! Nothing like spending a nice day out in the yard, that's for sure.

I was looking at our lawn yesterday and noticed that it has noticably grown slightly taller within the past two weeks. I haven't mowed it since September of last year and since then has remained dormant, but just found it to be strange that within the past two weeks that's grown just a little bit.
 

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lawn? What lawn? It was 55 degrees here for the past two days and this morninig it's 25 again! Melted just enough snow to create a foot thick crust of ice on my lawn - It'l take a spud-bar just to open the doors on my shed - but hope springs eternal - inside that shed I have a ford, a jacobsen and a couple deeres resting comfortably - just waitin' for THAT day . .. maybe I'll chop my way in and grease them up - again
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Yeah I was just out last weekend working on the mowers and getting my L-120 and my walk behind ready. I suspect that in the part of the country I am living at we might be getting a early spring. Tonight was a strong clue as we have killdeer birds that make unique sounds and I heard a small group when I was walking my dogs. There is no way you can miss them when you hear them.

Killdeer in this part of the country are the first birds generally that migrate back in the spring but they generally are not back until the 2-3 week of March. It sure got me happy to hear those noisy birds back.
I think that I should have not made a comment :mad: We are set to get a blizzard in the next 8-10 hours Local Weather Alert for 98284 The best thing is I have a load of vacation time I can use to weather this out at HOME WHERE I AM SAFE....
 

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I think that I should have not made a comment :mad: We are set to get a blizzard in the next 8-10 hours Local Weather Alert for 98284 The best thing is I have a load of vacation time I can use to weather this out at HOME WHERE I AM SAFE....
I guess we'll see what happens...
 

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We have a flood watch out for 1-3" of rain over the next couple of days. We had over an inch already on Monday with some of it falling as sleet, freezing rain and snow. Imagine if that all came as snow. :D
 

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I made it to work and was there until 11:00 P.M. Wednesday, I left work at my normal time and it only took a extra 20 minutes on my commute. I did not get my car up the last 1/4 mile up the hill I live on and I parked my car at the bottom of the hill in the snow-school bus parking area that we have set up for when we have bad weather. Of course I am also just going to wait until the morning in day light to put on the tire chains and then go up the hill.

I did notice one thing is that the drivers out here are still dumb. They pull in front of you with no turn signals and they follow semi trucks way to close. All I want to do is get by the semi as quickly and safely as possible as I do not want to be around a semi if it jack knifes.

The snow here is about 10 inches and that is the reason I did not even attempt going up the hill.
 

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After over a week of comforably warm weather we recieved another 2 1/2 inches of snow. Unless I miss my guess, that'll be our last snow for the season, and for that I'm glad! Though it's nice to have work slow down over the winter, I feel like a caged bird-ready to fly out as soon as spring comes! I've been missing the smell of freshly mowed grass, but it won't be long till I get that smell through me again!
 

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I did notice one thing is that the drivers out here are still dumb. They pull in front of you with no turn signals and they follow semi trucks way to close.
Yeah, sometimes it's worth it to not go out and drive in the snow all together because of the other drivers the way I see it.
 

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This morning after I had a few hours sleep, I got up and got my John Deere 2305 out of the tractor garage and I had decided to plow the snow off the hill, it was the only I could see me being able to get my car up the hill. I get to the hill and I hear a couple tractors following me, I had competition. A medium sized New Holland, and a Kubota B series were coming down the road behind me. So we all stop at the top of the hill and we discuss our action plan on removal of the snow.

We decided the Guy on his New Holland would go down the hill and call me on my cell phone, Guy would plow the edge of the road and then would stop at the end of our road and block anyone from trying to go up the road, a few minutes later I get a call and then John on his B-series and me on my John Deere then went down the road about 20 feet apart.

So one pass down and one pass up we had the entire width of our road plowed.

One I did notice and that is the fact that I have always heard that the turf tires are the best in the snow, I was always somewhat skeptical of this claim, I am now going to say it and I am not skeptical anymore. It is true of the three tractors I had the best traction as I had never slipped once going down the hill or back up. The other two with the industrial tires slipped more then once on the hill.

After the hill was done, I parked the Deere at my place and Guy gave me a ride back down to the parking area and I drove my car back to the house. I then plowed my driveway and a elderly neighbors drive.
 

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Sounds like an eventful morning!
 

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Michael..

Sounds like you guys on the hilltop are well equipped for keeping that access road open year round no matter what the weather or blockage.
 
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