So I had to get the mower to a repair shop. Home Depot has equipment repair services, but I prefer to support local business when I can. There is a local place called "Tool Solutions" and I have brought some equipment there in the past. They got my riding mower running last time, tuned up the engine, sharpened the blades, and just because it bothered their sense of "equipmentness", they scraped all the dried grass clipping from the bottom of the deck. It is just 3 people, and it is good to support people doing work like that out of a small shop.
I attached the trailer to the riding lawn mower (it has an attachment on the back for things like trailer hitches and baggers), drove it out to the front yard, and hooked it up to the car. Got the push mower up onto the trailer, secured it, attached it to the car, and drove the the repair place.
And since I was going off with the trailer, I put a large tarp and a bunch of bungee cords in the back of the car. I wanted to get a few bucket-loader loads of 50/50 topsoil and compost from the local nursery. The soil in my framed beds settled during the year and there is room for 4' more soil (leaving 2' from the top). And I can always add any extra on other spots.
2 bucket loads is about 60 cubic feet. It is sure cheaper than buying "by the bag"! I have done this before and learned a few things about transporting soil, compost mulch, etc. The trailer came with boards on the bottom with spaces between. I used to put a tarp on the bottom to keep stuff falling out through the spaces, and put another on the top to keep stuff from blowing out. I kept ripping up the bottom tarp shoveling the stuff out.
I got tired of that, and 2 years ago, I fitted pressure-treated plywood on the bottom. And I figured out a trick for the top tarp. I set up the top tarp so it was slightly under the front inside of the trailer. The contents hold the front of the tarp in place, so there is no driving-wind flapping and ripping. Even the landscaping guys were interested in THAT idea. Then I just use bungee cords to hold down the sides of the tarp tightly in opposing directions. Logic is wonderful.
So I left the house with a mower needing repair and returns with 60 cu ft of topsoil/compost. A good day.
It feels good to get busy again at practical projects...