I had my first trial today using a reconditioned reel mower I recently
purchased. I am interested in any tips experienced reel mower user have for
a good cut.
My first attempt was mixed. It took a little while to find a good cutting
height (some areas of the lawn got scalped) and I noted one end of the blade
didn't cut well (blades are sharp however) as it had some stone damage at
My lawn is also a little undulating so it skipped across several points and
bent the grass flat rather than taking a uniform slice off. The grass was
also damp which may have affected it.
The cut grass, especially clover, however I noticed was more finely sliced
than using a rotary.
ANything I should be doing/not doing?
I was informed that I would get a better end result with a reel mower, that
it was better for the grass. The last 3 years I have been working toward
getting a lawn that would notionally benefit from a reel mower. I saw one
advertised and followed through on my idle threat. Yes, a rotary does an ok
Penncross is the most common bent grass for homes, if I'm not mistaken.
Would you really want to have a putting green for a yard, tho? The
maintenence costs would be quite high. You might want to do some serious
research on bents and their upkeep before getting yourself in over your
Just out of curiosity, where are you located?
I am not going to redig up my lawn and plant bent grasses just because of a
new mower. I spent 3 years getting it good. I was curious people mentioning
bent grasses thats all. Not used very much for lawns here in new zealand I
am aware of. Can't say I have actually seen one and not a grass I am too
familiar with. Lawns are most usually turf ryes and fescues of varying
sizes. Brown top used to be popular but has gone out of favour a little as
it did not tolerate summer heats as much as the other 2 I understand. Some
people use bluegrass and couch lawns have become established as people
either choose them (such as coastal areas) or can't be bothered cutting it
out of existng lawns and it takes over. I had couch quite bad in my lawn but
have eliminated the bastard. We also have paspalum and crab/goose (? as many
of those bastard grasses look very similair) grasses due to lawn neglect.
Again, something I have all but eliminated. We also get poa grasses
Every old boy in the 1950s and 60s used a reel mower for his lawn. They took
lawns quite short in those days, much like the haircuts I guess. My
grandfather cut his almost flat lawn with a reel mower. The finer turf
grasses encouraged in NZ home lawns nowadays are best cut, so many many many
people say, with reel mowers rather than rotaries. They give a sharper and
more even cut. Lawn professionals I have spoken to also say reel mowers are
great for home lawns.
I got one to treat my lawn well. The rotary does the job ok, I wanted to
give the grass some pampering however. If it doesn't work out as hoped I can
flog it off (may lose a little money but that is the way with grass, it
keeps you poor). I need to master using the mower, pacing the cut, using it
round akward areas and adjusting its height just right before I can judge
how good a job it does. I just wanted others experiences but trial and error
will tell me.
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