I was beginning to think that it would never happen but, Spring has sprung here in Pennsylvania. Our trees are forming leaves, bushes are bursting with color, and the grass is growing like crazy.
Aside from cigars and drinks outside, Spring is also the time of year when yardwork begins. Anytime this topic comes up in the cigar shop, patrons seem to get this far off look in their eyes as they make recommendations for various Yard Gars. If you aren’t familiar with the term, Yard Gars are cigars that are inexpensive, smoke well, taste okay, but don’t cause too much stress if they wind up falling into a steaming pile of mulch or run over with the lawn mower.
Up until I moved into my current home I wasn’t really able to enjoy a cigar while performing yard work. Something I day dream of doing as I read the garden seeker magazine, it just seems fitting to me to have a cigar and mosey around my land taking care of little things as I go. The lot my house was situated on was about 0.75 acres. Enough for a lawn tractor, unfortunately, the very hilly terrain meant I was stuck with a push mower. Have you ever tried maneuvering a push mower up the side of Mt Everest with a cigar in your mouth? Let me tell you, it isn’t a fun experience.
These days I have roughly 0.85 acres to mow and a lawn tractor to sit on while doing it. Speaking of which, do you have any idea what it costs for genuine Toro parts – made in Mexico? $41 and change for a drive belt at my local Toro service center (thats just the belt, I had to install the damn thing on myself!). Maybe it’s just me but that seems crazy expensive, but I digress…
Now that I can sit my ass in a comfortable chair and buzz around the yard, exerting minimal effort, a cigar has become a nice companion while I work. When I don’t have a four year old sitting in my lap, steering the mower, I like to puff on a medium to full bodied cigar.
With the Yard Gar season upon us, I thought maybe we could spark up a conversation and trade some recommendations on inexpensive cigars to smoke during those down and dirty chores outside.
Walt’s Yard-Gar Recommendations:
- Arturo Fuente Curly Head
- Sancho Panza Double Maduro
- Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte
- Indian Tobac Super Fuerte Natural
- Flor de Oliva Corojo
What are your favorite Yard Gars?