Scythe, ala Grim Reaper.
But I am familiar with the B&D mower you mention.
A neighbor was wrestling it around, and it just wasn't able to
climb the weeds, and it was obviously not suited for the task.
And I couldn't cut a notch in the front with my angle grinder,
because the front wheels are on a bar that runs in front.
We found a scythe at a country hardware store, never a
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Great minds and all that, Mike.
That's the exact one I bought two weeks ago when my friend
broke the spool assembly on her first trimmer.
Though it may be "compatible with 99% of all gas trimmers"
as it says on the package, the 'Grass Hog' A.C. trimmer
will not accommodate it. Indeed, 'Black and Decker' does not
even show up as a compatible brand on the manufacturer's
Good thought though.
Well then, it's time to get serious.
Mount a hedge trimmer in front of the mower.
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(only half joking)
2. Drip torch or propane weed burner. (and a cell phone to call 911)
3. Have the lot plowed/tilled and raked. Hopefully that'll disrupt the
established weeds and she'll be able to stay ahead of whatever comes back.
Of course, showing her this thread and telling her to stop being such a
PITA wouldn't be out of line either, but I sense that's not going to work.
FWIW, I gave my friend the RWW this afternoon.
She swung at the weeds with it for about an hour and cleared out
about 70% of them before she took a break for the day.
I couldn't hear the whacker from inside her house. That makes
a very pleasant change from the brush cutter I used.
She's still on her first set of blades and is very pleased.
For a 1/4 acre lot use a gasoline-powered weedeater. A cheap pair of
shop earmuffs will offer ear protection. I find weedeaters very
reliable and they can cut through raspberry bushes.
If she insists on the under-powered electric trimmers, a sickle can
come in handy when unwilling to keep up with the growth.
Yup. The 2 stroke brush cutter I used originally worked well,
though as it dulled, it beat the stalks into submission rather
than cut them cleanly. I *was* able to slice through all
the weeds in both front and back yards in an afternoon on only
about 3/4 a tank of gas.
My friend does not get any joy out of coaxing a small gas engine
to life, the way you and I do. She will happily spend 50x the time
using a tool she can understand.
She really doesn't have the strength necessary to be effective
with a sickle or scythe. Heck, I doubt that *I* do.
No time to read the whole thread. I'd suggest a weed killer.
I have a gallon bottle of something (I can check if you want me to)
with a very easy to pump up sprayer, and it's meant to spray
individual weeds. They start to die within 12 hours (even though this
stuff is a year or two old), maybe 4 hours, but I let them continue to
die for a couple days before I mow the lawn, on the expectation it
will go back to the main plant and damage it, maybe kill it.
P&M. Don't reply to newsgroup only because it's a busy week and I
wont' see it. Remove nopsam to email.
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