In a neighborhood like ours, yards are adjoining. One fence divides us, so we each own a half. We keep our side clean and functional; and they keep their side in working order; and we hope that nothing falls on the top to make it bend one way or the other, or we're going to have a problem.

Where there isn't fence, there's lawn with a division created by the placement of sod pieces and a trench leading rainwater away from our homes, a line to be touched by lawnmower blades and sprinkler sprays but not crossed.


Ronak and I were the first to move in, with vacant houses on either side, so we didn't have anyone to keep up with at first. We were able to take our time, testing out mowers.


Eventually we picked a model that was convenient and easy to push, at the same time that it wouldn't leave a large environmental imprint: an electric mower.

electric lawnmower

Someone moved into the home on one side of us, and we were still able to keep up, because they didn't have a mower yet. Our side of the line looked well-kept while theirs blossomed into an unruly field.


So we mowed semi-regularly and allowed our wildflowers to bloom.


And then one day, we heard a sound, looked out the window, and saw that our neighbors had hired a professional lawn care service. The fields were trimmed to be lawn, the tight spaces edged. The competition had begun.

pulling weeds

So we got to work on our weeds, mowed down a few wildflowers, and got mowing...

mowing with electric lawnmower

...up to the line...

mowing with electric lawnmower we can blur the line between lawns and keep up with the Joneses.

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In 2007, we moved to Austin, and this blog chronicled our adaptation to Texas life: festivals, wildflowers, and bats - oh my! Then we had a baby, and that changed everything, so now, we blog about where to buy organic food, what parks are fun for babies, which exterminator is taking care of our scorpion problem. (You know, the usual parental concerns.)


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