Jebus H Christ, all I wanted to know is if reel mowers were effective!
@Hank: several years ago I researched reel mowers. Fiskar seemed pretty nifty, high tech (for a reel mower). But, reviews downgraded it as the adjustment process to set the blades aligned was very difficult. So, my advice is the simpler the better. Especially since you have a small yard. Also, you want a mower that you can adjust to the height you cut the grass at. (sorry for the poor grammer, but those cats above are freaking me out).
There’s a tendency to cut grass too short. I have tall fescue (i think common in this area) and keep grass at 3 to 3 1/2 inches.
PS….some of the smaller hardware/lawn stores will let you take home a display model to try it out. (Maybe even one a week? heheh)
Hank- They are absolutely effective. Of course, there is always the Lawnbot…… http://www.lawnbotts.com/
Akk, the cats are scary…..
Thanks for all the info, Dezlboy and Sunshine! I’m going to try this out. Although, I think sansabelt has a swell idea. Or I’ll plant two rows of corn and be an urban farmer.
Forget the corn – you’ll have plenty of rooms for chickens.
If you have enough sun, a vegetable garden is another great idea.
Turning a small space into a garden, vegetable or just decorative, is even more beautifying than using part of a large space sometimes. And could be alot less work once you’re done.
Discard the grass; turn the space into a garden for flowers and bushes (using edible plants, available from a Virginia nursery), vegetables and berries.
Flowers for your table and house and a variety of fresh, organic produce. Delicious!
Agree with all of the above…works great, but if something springs up more than about 4″, it’s weedwacker/neighbor kid/mothballed motorized mower time. Also, I find it works best if you cut one direction, the re-do at 90 degree angle to get the stuff the first pass missed. Still goes quickly on my Arlington-sized little lawn.
Anyone have tips on maintenance and blade sharpening? How/where?
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