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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Jon's sculptural lawn in Ohio

comments (26) March 14th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Jon Moss

Today's photo is from Jon Moss in Ohio. He says, "Ornamental mowing amuses me. I call them mowticons and keep working towards a more pleasing tapestry. Typically they look best at dawn or dusk but nothing prepared me for this look after a light snow fall." That, Jon, is just incredibly cool. How do you get it so neat and wonderful?? Thanks for sharing!!

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Comments (26)

tntreeman writes: you should see the google satellite view! Posted: 8:14 pm on March 17th
arboretum writes: well jon, if that isn't the COOLest thing, i don't know what is.That is spontaneous DNA creativity at its best!
so glad you sent in this photo. I want to see this on the cover of a calendar and a magazine. Hope you'll be inspired to create and show us MORE! Posted: 11:32 pm on March 16th
cwheat000 writes: So groovy! Posted: 10:27 pm on March 16th
JaneEliz writes: What a great idea...to turn a routine job into such a fun activity for all to enjoy!
I want to see more! Posted: 11:06 am on March 16th
tntreeman writes: video the creation as he does it while you're in the hot tub and post on youtube. we need a tutorial!
and buy that man a new lawnmower,,,,,,,,,,,,,he's famous now!!!!! Posted: 5:46 pm on March 14th
MizMoss writes: I'm the lucky lady who gets to view this tapestry from my hot tub. And to think he does all this with a second hand mower from Craigslist that isn't even self propelled, let alone zero- radius! I guess now that he has gotten all this validation from everyone, I will have to let him buy a good lawn mower! :-)

PS: It looks really cool on google's satellite view in the summer months, too. Posted: 5:25 pm on March 14th
tntreeman writes: i wish i could have my lawn like this for easter,,,, it would drive the kids crazy Posted: 2:43 pm on March 14th
Parb writes: Really pretty at a time of year when there is not as much interest in our lawns. First crop circles and now even more sculptural snow circle. Lovely! Posted: 2:30 pm on March 14th
SilkPurseGarden writes: 'Fantastic' just isn't a good enough word for this! Ephemeral art really fascinates me, like sidewalk paintings and ice sculptures. This is a whole new category! Thanks so very much for letting us see your backyard Versailles. Posted: 11:06 am on March 14th
dadeo1 writes: this is super !!
one year, out here in california where you need to overseed in the fall to 'keep it green', i created a spiral of rye grass seed. the kids loved it. Posted: 10:39 am on March 14th
GardenersWK writes: A few year back, I mowed a heart shape in the front lawn on my wedding anniversary! It was perfect because my lawn is inclined and the heart was huge and visible from the street. My husband was furious because it took them several other cuts to make the heart disappear. It still makes me smile!
What you are doing is very very cool! I will try something similar on my next wedding anniversary! Posted: 10:14 am on March 14th
pattyspencer writes: How cool and creative is that! Love it!! Posted: 8:34 am on March 14th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: Who would have thought that lawn could be so interesting! Very cool. When my kids were little, I would mow our little patch of lawn into a grid, providing a scene for all sorts of imaginative games. Posted: 8:27 am on March 14th
Quiltingmamma writes: Thanks for the instructions. I wouldn't have thought to mow the 'long' parts first, so great direction. My time with lino blocks were just a few decades ago and only the background was carved away. Posted: 7:54 am on March 14th
tractor1 writes: An interesting low cost hobby, a giant Etch-A-Sketch for adults with too much time on their hands! :-) Notice that the darker areas are the areas of taller growth. I've noticed the same effect on a dewy summer morning, shows me the places I missed mowing. For anyone who has ever done linoleum block printing it's not a difficult concept to form a design like the one shown... first mow the design for the part one wants to be the raised area (in this case the circles and spirals are pretty simple to mow, especially with a zero turn mower), let the lawn grow a few days and then mow all the previously unmown areas leaving the design as the raised areas. It would be difficult if not impossible to mow in all the tall areas of that pattern first but very easy to first mow in the obverse as I've described. The patterns one can form are infinite... die/mold/pattern makers employ the same concept. Just this morning there was frost on my lawn, I could see where critters were walking about all night by the patterns their foot prints created by mashing down the grass. The more difficult part was to capture a clear image with a camera in that dim early morning light, good job, Jon. Posted: 7:43 am on March 14th
terieLR writes: How 'cool' is that?! Use of broad landscape curves to visually keep the eye moving... you win! Thanks for the smile Jon. Posted: 7:39 am on March 14th
wGardens writes: A delightful, out-of-the-ordinary visual this morning. What fun. Thanks for sharing!! Posted: 7:37 am on March 14th
Tea_garden_lover writes: As you may know, that is very much in keeping with the raked sand gardens in Japan where they sometimes rake around rocks rather than evergreens. You may have started a new trend! Posted: 7:07 am on March 14th
Quiltingmamma writes: Very creative. I think this requires a YouTube instructional video. Maybe if I did this, they wouldn't notice that last year's heat killed off all my traditional grass and left only 'natural' green stuff. Posted: 7:02 am on March 14th
meander1 writes: Ha,looks like caymanmama and I had the same word phrase tickling our brains. Posted: 6:50 am on March 14th
meander1 writes: What fun...and to get a visual treat effect like this during the off season is the icing on the cake (well...literally, it's the snow on the grass). I'll bet to get such perfect looking results is way harder than it looks. Posted: 6:46 am on March 14th
caymanmama writes: Jon, it reminds me of the icing on a beautiful cake. I bet your mowticons stop traffic! Terrific job!! Posted: 6:45 am on March 14th
joycedaffodilhill writes: Love this so much, very visually appealing. We cut our lawn in crop circles, mostly to irritate our son who thinks anything UFO is too dumb. How do you do this? What type of mower do you use? Very enjoyable. Posted: 6:35 am on March 14th
tntreeman writes: i wonder if Jon lives in a Yellow Submarine, Octopus Garden,,,,,,,,,i could go on and on . it really is fun,,,,,,jon, how long does it take to sculpt this? Posted: 6:10 am on March 14th
bee1nine writes: Incredibly unique and visually appealing! Got to hand it to
you Jon, for using a fun and creative way to bring 'swirling
flair' to a spacious lawn area. Though, do wonder about the
upkeep?! Posted: 5:56 am on March 14th
tntreeman writes: now that is just too cool and fun! you could make crop circles in the off season. Posted: 4:37 am on March 14th
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