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mower traps   (-4)  [vote for, against]
to break lawnmower blades

hard objects hidden in the grass , perhaps green painted metal spikes or blocks,maybe on hinges or retractible
-- technobadger, Nov 17 2001

Why? Are mowers running wild, terrorising your neighbourhood?
-- dare99, Nov 18 2001

Good excuse to not mow the lawn, perhaps? "Sorry, honey. Those mower traps are all over the place."
-- snarfyguy, Nov 18 2001

My mower (and I'm sure this applies to most) has a skirt around the blade which would stop me from mowing over it. Unless I picked the mower up.
-- phoenix, Nov 18 2001

UnaBubba, dogshit is bad. Worse, for me, are snakes--generally I don't mind snakes and sometimes pick up the cuddlier types, but hitting a good big one with the mower is the stuff of my nightmares. It wouldn't be so bad if the chopped bits died immediately. Brrrr!
-- Dog Ed, Nov 18 2001

barbecue traps - oh we did that one
-- po, Nov 18 2001

UnaBubba: My brother used to do lawn maintainence and they used to fight over who was going to mow this one back yard. The owners raised Great Danes, and had ten or more at a time...
-- StarChaser, Nov 18 2001

Good Lord.

Now, when you say fight... do you mean 'literally' or figuratively?
-- thumbwax, Nov 18 2001

In at least one case, both.
-- StarChaser, Nov 18 2001

When I was a kid, I found pathway gravel was simple and effective. Not great to eat, but interesting.
-- lewisgirl, Nov 18 2001

technobadger, is this an ecoterrorism idea (lawnmowers have notoriously air-polluting engines and are employed, arguably, for a cause no more justifiable than vanity)? If so, though I share your concern, the means must be condemned.
-- beauxeault, Nov 19 2001

I usually mention goats on lawnmower-related posts. Not this time though.
-- angel, Nov 19 2001

PeterSealy: I have a spike driven into the back of my head for this very purpose.
-- pottedstu, Nov 19 2001

I used to mow lawns when I was young. Sure, the right thing to do is walk the lawn first, removing sticks and any other obstacles. But that's no fun. Rather, I enjoyed the "game" of guessing what the mower would do to things. Dead squirrels are really, really cool. Dog turds are boring. I was surprised to find water-filled balloons to be entertaining.

Now, I can't stand mowing. I mowed my yard maybe 3 times this past summer. I wouldn't mow it at all, except that it would then be #1 on the list if neighborhood kids go missing.

I would prefer to just let the thing grow wild, and have an elevated walkway in place of the sidewalks. My long-term goal is to eliminate anything that requires any kind of maintenance from my yard. Rocks and shrubs seem to be the ticket.
-- quarterbaker, Nov 19 2001

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