We filled the hopper up with granules, placed it in the start position and showed him how to operate the trigger to release the granules. Little did I know that he didn't let the trigger go after the lesson was over, so the rotary spreader filled with granules, which were spread in a heap at the starting point. The damage did not show up until about 2 weeks later when I noticed the grass was burning a strange circular pattern. I thought the aliens had landed and were producing some mysterious lawn circles. Burned spots showed up here and there on the edges of the front lawn, but nothing appeared in the back lawn. My husband and I had fertilized the back lawn because Anthony soon grew tired of this "hard job." He was mad because we hadn't disclosed how "hard" it would be prior to him taking the controls of the spreader. However, the puzzle pieces soon fell together. The burn spots were all in a circular pattern and all in areas where Anthony had stopped to take a break from manually propelling the spreader forward. Exhibit A represents the consequences of free child labor. Be careful about the rate of application for nitrogen based lawn fertilizer products. "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry" (English Translation-Burns, 1785). Welcome Home.
|Exhibit A: Mysterious lawn circles appeared a couple of weeks after fertilizing.|