Posted on April 25, 2008 by Joyce Benson 6 Comments
If you’re looking for a more enjoyable lawn-mowing experience, look no further than today’s manual push reel mowers. They’re lightweight, quiet, non-polluting, and better for your grass as they cut like scissors and don’t tear it like rotary power mowers.
Two misconceptions regarding reel mowers are:
- They are hard to push. Today’s reel mowers are easier to push than many power mowers.
- Lawns must be mowed to a height of no less than 3″. That recommendation is only for rotary power mowers in order to compensate for the repeated disturbance to the lawn, as well as to avoid browning and scalping injury. With reel mowers, you may always cut to the lowest recommended height.
Here are some reel mowing tips:
- Walk at a quick, steady pace to keep the blades turning fast and you’ll get the best results.
- Overlap your rows a little bit with each pass.
- Experiment to see which direction of mowing works best for your lawn.
- Mow your lawn weekly to avoid it getting too tall which makes a reel mower harder to push.
Here are some things to keep in mind with reel mowers:
- They are designed to mow grass, not weeds. They tend to roll over dandelions and other weeds that are more than 6″ tall.
- It takes a little bit longer to mow with a reel mower, but that just allows you more time to enjoy nature. (If it takes 45 minutes with a power mower, then it’ll take 60-70 minutes with a reel mower).
- They’re ideal for lawns that are less than a 1/2 acre in size. If you have to buy a gas powered mower for a huge lawn, look for one that is CARB certified for lower emissions (Honda and Lawnboy offer these types).