Gravestone Damage Caused By Lawn Mowers
When I visit a cemetery and look at gravestones, my biggest pet peeve is seeing damaging work performed by careless workers.
One of the most notoriously damaging pieces of equipment in a cemetery is the riding lawn mower. Particularly, large Zero-Turn-Radius lawn mowers operated by neglectful lawn mower operators cause extensive damage. In cemeteries during lawn mowing season, lawn mower operators are often in a big hurry to finish their mowing jobs. They speed between headstones and zoom up & down rows of grave markers. Their rubber tires grind the ground and their large mowing decks scalp the earth. More damaging than what they do to the ground, however, is the damaging effect they have on gravestones.
Here are two examples of damage caused by lawn mowers. In both of these instances, gravestone material has been scraped away by mower decks getting too close. In the third picture, I have reason to believe the monument might have been toppled after being run into, repeatedly, by a neglectful lawn care operator.
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