I debated between putting this question here or on SE Gardening and Landscape, but I think this question will be a better fit for this site... Let me know if I need to move it.
So I'm now leading into my third summer at this rental home in North Carolina and I've been think about what I can do to make mowing my lawn a bit easier. I'm currently using a push mower for about a third of an acre because I don't have a garage or a shed -- more like a utility closet to store my mower.
One thing that's always bugged me about the backyard is this roughly 3 foot tall metal pole sticking out of the middle of the yard. I've tried digging under it to see how deep it goes and there seems to be at least 6-10 inches of a concrete base below ground level. The only thing stopping me from going even deeper and really trying to remove it is that I have no idea what it actually is doing there. There also seems to be a small landscaping stone on one side of it.
So my question is, can anyone figure out what the purpose of this may have been? Additionally, will I end up running into any electrical or gas lines if I try to dig this thing out?