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Old 08-31-2016, 01:16 PM   #1
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Electric mower, reel mower or trimmer?


Hi, We have a brand new backyard. Went traveling for 2 weeks and grass is pretty high. For lawn maintenance, should I get a mower or a trimmer considering such a small area (about 240 sqft)?

Any suggestions for something easy to use and carry around?

And the clippings, should they be left on top of the grass or picked up? What's the best way to pick them up?

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A reel mower might be a good choice for such a small area. Cut it regularly; tall grass is a bear with one of those.

A string trimmer is hard to control and get an even cut. If I wanted power for such a small area I would take a hard look at one of the battery style mowers.
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Leave the trimmings on the lawn.
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Thanks for response. Will a reel mower be able to deal with such a high lawn I have currently?
After the first trim, can I go 2 weeks between mowing?
As far as clippings, will they decompose rather quickly?

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Yes, clippings decompose quickly and provide moisture and nutrients to the lawn. Contrary to what many think, clippings have nothing to do with thatch.
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For a lawn that size I would vote for a push reel mower. There are some online reviews discussing various manufacturers. Seeing as you are providing the energy, smooth operation and quality build should be paramount.

It's difficult to comment on how often you would need to cut. Only you will be able to determine that based on growth rate, moisture, overall lawn health, etc. etc.
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Fiskars makes some nice products. Check out their reel pushers.

If you are asking about a string trimmer, I would avoid that in your setting. I suspect it would throw green grass juice all over the bricks and railing.
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All I do now that I'm so called retired is mow lawns.
For that small batch #1 I would suggest toto the home owner to get rid of it and go with mulch or stone instead so there's 0 mowing.
Short of that there's 0 reason a battery operated trimmer held flat could not do that small job, and an electric blower clean it up.
If the grass is high I'd be raking it up until you get it under control.
No way would I be using a reel mower!
Not going to be able to get close to the rails, the blades will hit the stepping stones.
Checked out the prices on a reel mower?
Well over $150.00 for a mower that will get used for about a min. to mow that tiny lawn.
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I am reading that a reel mower might not be a good choice if I don't plan to mow often. And as it's so high right now, will it even work to cut down my lawn? thanks
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I am reading that a reel mower might not be a good choice if I don't plan to mow often. And as it's so high right now, will it even work to cut down my lawn? thanks
With only a picture to determine the answer to this question and fairly certain the grass isn't Crab Grass, I'll say yes, a new sharp well adjusted reel mower will cut your lawn even though it may take multiple passes at that height.

I'm no expert now but I was nearly 70 years ago and this recommendation is only from memory. And believe it or not, we were so hi tech then there was even a grass catcher basket available that had to be un-hooked and emptied about every 2 rounds in grass that height. But we weren't fat azz lazy kids either.
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I am reading that a reel mower might not be a good choice if I don't plan to mow often. And as it's so high right now, will it even work to cut down my lawn? thanks
Your grass looks good, but too tall. You cut grass when it needs it. In my growing season (spring and fall), I cut ours every week, but sometimes twice a week. July and August, can go up to 2-3 weeks. Really not good to wait for a lawn to get high and then scalp it back. It needs to be regularly cut. Any mower you get is at least 150.00 and do you have a place to store it?

Pay a neighborhood kid to cut it or replace it with something you don't have to cut.
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Fiskars makes some nice products. Check out their reel pushers.

If you are asking about a string trimmer, I would avoid that in your setting. I suspect it would throw green grass juice all over the bricks and railing.
I second the Fiskars. I have a reel mower of theirs that has a height that is adjustable up to 4". It's a "front discharge", and works really well on regular grass. Unfortunately for me, I can't use it as much as I'd like due to a weed problem.
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there is a much more expensive option you could go. Its going to depend on just how lazy you want to be and how much is it worth not having to touch it. That small area would be perfect for a robot lawn mower. They are outrageously expensive but it would be a total lazy way of never having to mow yourself.
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Bricks, stepping stones, tile, mulch and grass.....there's a lot going on in that 500 ft/2.
How about just giving a neighbor 5 bucks at a time and using his mower, if you really want to cut it yourself. That takes care of storage, also. That's too small to spend a lot on, but the grass itself looks beautiful.
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You will still need something else to trim along the brick edges. Maybe a pair of Fiskars scissors if you're really patient??? (Just teasing)
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