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Napier Courier - 2021-11-24

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Time to go full charge at gardening chores

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Megan Banks

Hold the phone. I’m going electric, or lithium battery to bemore precise. I’ve decided one of the purchase sweare going to use our wishing well wedding money on is . . . a lawnmower! Words In ever thought wouldcome out of my mouth, however, with age comes wisdom. Andwith age comes the inability to start any power tool that requires a pull-thingy thing to start the motor. Also known as a recoil start. Unmowed lawns are my bug bear and while thankfully our lawn isn’t on display in the street as weare down the back, it still causes me great concern. Not enough to mow it myself, but concern none the less. I’ve even been known to cancel social gatherings at ours because him indoors hasn’t had time to do the lawns. Him in doors is now my wedded husband, and he’s also a busy man who works a lot. His hours at home are not conducive to lawn mowing hours, no one wants to be that neighbour that cranks the lawn mower at 10pm, right? So I’ve decided instead of moaning about it, I will mow about it. And to do that Ineed the latest fandangled equipment so that’ s why I’ m down with lithium. My vacuum cleaner is battery operated and sure you only get 20 minutes out of it, but I’m over vacuuming by then so it’s perfect. I’m sure the same will apply to our lawns. My problem now though is which lawn mower to buy, and should we also get the rest of the gardening battery-operated tools to go with it? Do we really need a bush trimmer? Yes, is my answer, I could do with one. Or is the lawn edger/weed whacker more useful? In our neighbourhood where edges are sharper than our New World knives, again the answer is yes. I ama bit concerned though that if we do purchase easy-to-use battery-operated tools, then him indoors will never come outdoors to mow, prune and weed whack again and it will be another job to add to my list. But hey, at least I won’t have sprained my back trying to start it and friends can come over again. I’m thinking with all of this outdoor work, I should also add an outdoor wine fridge to the wedding present list to balance it all out, right?

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