Panamanian Lawn Mowers

People tend to make use of what they have so if your yard needs a trim, what is the easiest way to accomplish this?

Seen in the southern part of the city, goats trimming alongside the road in a residential neighborhood.

Seen in the southern part of the city, goats trimming alongside the road in a residential neighborhood.

A frequent sight in more rural areas, cows by the road.

A frequent sight in more rural areas, cows by the road.

What?! I'm doing my work, so why are you stopping to look at me?

What?! I’m doing my work, so why are you stopping to look at me?

Another common sight, horses by the side of the road. When you aren't using them for transportation, let them trim the grass. These weren't even tied.

Another common sight, horses by the side of the road. When you aren’t using them for transportation, let them trim the grass. These weren’t even tied.

This calf lives down the road from us. When he's not working on the soccer field, he's working along side the road.

This calf lives down the road from us. When he’s not working on the soccer field, he’s working along side the road.

This is a very common sight, man with machete. When the grass gets very high, this is how it is cut down. There is a vacant lot two doors down from us, and this guy was trimming it this morning.

This is a very common sight, man with machete. When the grass gets very high, this is how it is cut down. There is a vacant lot two doors down from us, and this guy was trimming it this morning.

this is our yard man's equipment. He works with a weed eater and a rake, and carries them and his helper with his motorcycle. Weed eaters seem to be the most common yard maintenance tool. I 've only seen a USA style lawn mower once here. I certainly don't miss the sound of the big lawn mowers and leaf blowers that were so common in Florida.

this is our yard man’s equipment. He works with a weed eater and a rake, and carries them and his helper with his motorcycle. Weed eaters seem to be the most common yard maintenance tool. I ‘ve only seen a USA style lawn mower once here. I certainly don’t miss the sound of the big lawn mowers and leaf blowers that were so common in Florida.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to Panamanian Lawn Mowers

  1. it is so nice of you to take us along on the drive! the images are all great, and i enjoyed seeing your typical local color!
    z

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  2. Amy says:

    Wonderful shots of the goats, cows, and horses. Lots of trimming work for this guy.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Kris: This is very similiar to Belize. You hire someone to do your lawn and a couple of guys show up with machetes and start whacking away. It’s amazing the job they do. They don’t have the weedeaters though but the end result is nice.

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    • Kris says:

      I see a lot of that in Panama too, but more often in a vacant lot. I’ve learned that a machete is a useful tool for all kinds of things and you are right, they can do a really good job with one.

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