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And Now for an Incredibly Dumb Question about Lawn Mowing
  • R. Griffon September 3, 2013 - 3:54 pm #85876 Reply


    Hank September 3, 2013 - 4:16 pm #85886 Reply

    Jebus H Christ, all I wanted to know is if reel mowers were effective!

    Dezlboy September 3, 2013 - 4:34 pm #85888 Reply

    @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)

    Sunshine September 3, 2013 - 7:14 pm #85896 Reply

    Hank- They are absolutely effective. Of course, there is always the Lawnbot……       http://www.lawnbotts.com/

    Akk, the cats are scary…..

    Hank September 4, 2013 - 3:54 pm #86008 Reply

    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.

    Quoth the Raven September 4, 2013 - 4:14 pm #86012 Reply

    Forget the corn – you’ll have plenty of rooms for chickens.

    Anonymous September 4, 2013 - 7:35 pm #86015 Reply

    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.

    JimPB September 5, 2013 - 10:00 pm #86103 Reply

    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!

    ODCASteve September 11, 2013 - 11:31 pm #86584 Reply

    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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