Traditionally the lawn mower symbolizes manhood, masculinity, and responsibility. Mowing the lawn is a mundane practice men have handed down to each other since the 19th century. The lawn mower is a powerful cultural icon; it is loud, fast, and best of all it is dangerous. This object is used to control the way nature is perceived as well as stand in for a reflection of one's integrity. Mowing the lawn, like shaving with a razor blade before leaving for work, seems to have roots in cleanliness and control. Is control at the heart of mowing the lawn? Is control what it means to be a man?