That tool looks very well made compared to similar ones I've seen.
I have a similar tool (Garden Weasel) that does shallow cultivating
and weeding that is not nearly as well made as that one but is very
useful for small areas when I don't feel like hauling out my Mantis,
the Mantis has a aerating/dethatching attachment that I'd seriously
consider for a smallish lawn... every gardener needs a Mantis, best
gardening investment ever... it tills my 50' X 50' vegetable garden
more than 8" deep with as much effort as walking a small dog.
That one looks like a *serious* Garden Weasel. I would suggest
getting a Garden Weasel and using it some before deciding on a more
heavy duty more expensive model. However these things definitely
won't work on compacted never before tilled soil but they are
excellent for rejuvenating previously worked small areas. I wouldn't
use it for trying to improve a long neglected lawn but it does an
excellent job of shallow aerating and light dethatching of well
maintained turf. These tools are not tillers... they are
cultivators... I'd not want to use it for more than an occasional hour
it's not at all ergonomic, it's a wrist killer. As to price,
everything is expensive nowadays... by today's standards $100 at the
garden center is chump change. But I think the Mantis is a true
bargain, and before renting a power aerator/dethatcher (I don't for
one second believe that several neighbors share one rental for the
day) I'd definitely own the Mantis attachment... it would certainly
tend a 1/4 acre lawn without much effort but would probably be an all
day job, maybe two days... and after thatching (by any method) there
is still a LOT of raking. For a larger area I'd want an implement for
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
My one reservation about Grass Stitcher is plastic teeth. The only
Amazon review complains of them breaking.
While I agree that $99 is not an astronomical sum these days, it is
clearly above average for such manual tools and the use of plastic is
The company reps have explained to me that their special plastic is
more suitable than metal. That metal was tried first and chipped or
broke. Sure, but they must have used cheap metal. :) When I look at the
best industrial practices---agricultural equipment, construction
equipment, pruners, drills, etc., they all use metal rather than
plastic---it just doesn't make sense.
BTW, re Mantis, you mentioned the dethatching "attachment". So there is
a main unit this attaches to. How much does that cost? Is it gas
powered? My apologies, but I have no experience with anything but
simple manual equipment. Does it make sense for an urban lawn_garden
totaling no more than 1500 sq ft?
: I received a Garden Weasel as a gift and found it practically useless
: for the lawn. Gave it to Good Will.
What do you use for tilling/dethatching/aerating?
In a perfect example of mission creep, I started out by expecting to
find mechanical dethatcher and aerator for around $20-$30 each, then I
found Grass Stitcher for $100, and now I am reading about Mantis which
will probably add up to $500-$600 for all attachments. :)
Not really sure what makes sense in the long run for a 1000 sqft lawn.
I looked at the soil and it seemed quite compactified. Lots of brown
areas, although thatch is not too thick.
On Thu, 30 Sep 2010 09:09:38 +1000, "David Hare-Scott"
Believe me, if they could be trained to mow neatly I would... that's
been one of my fantasys, ovines that can be set to mow everything
equally at a two inch height. Todate the best I've been able to do is
train deer to prune the lower portion of trees to precisely 66" off
the ground... I'd really like them to do 72", I'm tired of getting a
I mow six acres. I have a 5' zero turn commercial mower, fast, shock
absorbers, open air, $8,000 US. IPod connected to noise reduction
headset listening to Lady Gaga.
1000sf lawn' A small pair of scissors should mow the yard in short time
Enjoy Life... Dan L (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)
: Newbie wrote:
: >Not really sure what makes sense in the long run for a 1000 sqft lawn.
: >I looked at the soil and it seemed quite compactified. Lots of brown
: >areas, although thatch is not too thick.
: 1,000 sf isn't really a lawn, that's a small grassy patch.... my ranch
: house with two car attached garage is nearly 3,000 sf, my veggie
: garden is 2,500 sf, I mow 10 acres of lawn every week To be perfectly
: honest were it me I would most definitely hire a weekly lawn
: service.... why bother with all the investment in tools and equipment,
: storage, maintenence, and worry your brain over this when for less
: money and zero stress you don't need to do much of anything but
: water... and for that dwarfish patch (that I can water by urinating)
: I'd install an automatic sprinkler...
For something I don't enjoy, eg, house cleaning or snow shoveling, I do
hire help. OTOH, garden/lawn I enjoy and am trying to learn to do
myself. I don't mind collecting properly chosen equipment that would be
useful in the long run.
Watering is not an issue.
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