Haying vs. Mowing

IMG_2998.PNGOne of the first things I noticed when I arrived to Lavender Mills is how tall the grass had grown. How on earth do I get this stuff mowed? I can’t purchase a mower yet because I don’t have anywhere to store it. I made a phone call to the only person I know in Sequim and she gave me a referral number. She also told me that it is not “mowing,” but “haying.” Good to know.

I made the phone call and the guy on the other end said he would be over in the next couple of days to “hay” it. Feeling pretty good about myself because I was using the correct terminology, I showed my ignorance when I asked how he is paid. I never imagined that he hays it for free and in return keeps the hay. I’m pretty sure this would never happen in California; I imagine I would be charged for hauling away my perfect hay.

Sure enough a man that I call Hay Guy showed up in a tractor and started haying. I saw this same guy all over the valley the next week working on various lots. He keeps everyone’s land cleared and keeps the hay. Win / Win.FullSizeRender 3 copy 4.jpg
I never actually met Hay Guy. He just shows up and waves at me as he drives by. He even leaves some of his big ol’ tractor equipment behind. After the hay is cut, he lets it dry out for a few days.

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A few days later he arrives with a different piece of equipment that flips the hay over to dry the other side in the sun.
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Another few days Hay Guy arrived with with Hay Guy Two and together they baled it. Very cool watching these guys work. One tractor takes the dried and spread out hay and puts it back into neat rows and the other Hay Guy drives over the neat rows and picks it up and spits out a perfect bale of hay.

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I never thought in a million years that I would have bales of hay. I have bales of hay!

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It was the next week that I noticed everybody, and I mean everybody, on their mowers mowing. Well, apparently after all of this work one must mow because the hay is still about four inches tall. I stopped a guy down the street who was mowing and he said he would come over and mow mine the next day.


He showed up with a friend and this time I had to pay for mowing service. However, the guys were great and both work on a large organic farm on the weekdays. They even agreed to help plant my lavender and hook up irrigation when the time comes. Yes!