The Observe staff photoshoot in an empty warehouse, Chapple St, Gladstone: Liz Carson.
The Observe staff photoshoot in an empty warehouse, Chapple St, Gladstone: Liz Carson. Chrissy Harris

Council lets the grass grow

I HATE long grass.

In particular, I hate long, overgrown lawns.

Having come out the other side of beating my own lawn into submission after a three-week absence, I can certainly sympathise with dog owners who are fed up with taking their pooch to the dog park only to find it so overgrown they can't even see their canine.

And having to wade through waist-high grass just to sit down while Fido runs around is not something I'd be volunteering to do without donning steel capped boots and long pants.

My biggest fear when it came to tackling our lawns was whether there would be a veritable "snake in the grass" waiting to sink its fangs into us.

And this is an obvious concern to pet owners.

It's why most of us keep our backyards under control, to make it less inviting for the slippery reptiles to slither up and make it their new home.

With the weather we've had lately it's easy to see how the grass just flourishes at this time of year.

Understandably, the Gladstone Regional Council has a schedule by which it maintains the various recreational areas, like playgrounds and the dog park, but with weather like this surely it's not hard to figure out that everything is growing like crazy and an extra mow or slash would be necessary?

Personally, I hate mowing the lawn.

It's always hot, dusty and sticky and you feel knackered after.

But I suspect that doing it on a larger scale with a ride-on lawn mower would be quite fun.

I imagine it takes no physical effort to control the steering wheel of a ride-on mower or the need to dig-in-deep when pushing a standard lawn mower up hill. As much as I gnash my teeth about mowing the lawns, I do it as it's my responsibility to make my backyard safe.



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