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Unread 05-03-2008, 03:27 PM
 
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Default What is the best lawn mower for tall grass

Due to my work schedule I am only able to cut my lawn every 2 1/2 weeks. I have 1/2 acre of lawn, and it gets pretty thick over the septic tank. I have 800.00 budgeted for a new lawn mower. Any suggestions.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Jax
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Thumbs up A Mulching Mower

I just mowed some pretty high grass...okay, very high grass (I was busy! ).

What I use - and my land is only 1/5 of an acre and it is flat - is a mulching mower.

The difference with a mulching mower is that the mower first cuts and then mulches the grass before releasing it from the deck back out onto the lawn...so no bagging is necessary unless you really want to for some reason (I never do....don't even own a bag).

My mower is a Black and Decker 18" path electric mulching mower (corded). I think it ran me roughly $200? I've had it for about 5 years now with no problems. The nice thing about electric is:

1) quieter, waaaay quieter

2) no to low vibration

3) no maintenance beyond sharpening/replacing the blade...no oil to add, no filters to be bothered with....nothing - just plug it in and go .

4) no fumes

5) environmentally kinder than the gas varieties

The downside is the cord. It takes a while to get used to it and it's an annoyance, but considering everything else, I think it's a good tradeoff.

There should be gas-powered and cordless mulching mowers available too.

Mulching grass is good for your lawn and tall grass is not a problem for mulching mowers.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I'm assuming you are wanting a push mower for just a half acre? I would look for one with the big wheels which are easier to push. I would also look for one with at least a 6hp engine. A Sears Craftsman is perfectly fine IMO, shouldn't cost anywhere near $800.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 05:02 PM
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A few years ago I bought a Sears Craftsman Weedtrimmer, which is essentially a weedeater on wheels. It cuts through the tallest grass like Bahia grass, even if you only cut once every two or three weeks.

It's tricky to avoid damaging shrubs and small trees you don't want to cut since there is no guard to the front or sides of the cutting line. So you have to rethink your mowing strategy in tight quarters. It won't cut woody material but will mow thick juicy weed stems as easily as grass.

I think I paid around $200 for mine on sale a few years ago.
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Unread 05-05-2008, 04:43 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Mulching mowers are great because leaving the clippings on the grass is like a free nitrogen treatment.
However if the grass is very tall you might need to make 2 passes because you don't want to leave the clippings laying on top of the grass this can lead to fungus issues.
Also removing more than 1/3 of the grass may result in stress to your lawn.
The higher end mowers can have a better mulching "system" I would find a really knowledgeable salesperson when you go shopping and explain your situation and they can suggest the best mulching mower for your needs.
Also make sure you get a self propelled one !!!
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Unread 05-08-2008, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Jax
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Mulching mowers are great because leaving the clippings on the grass is like a free nitrogen treatment.
However if the grass is very tall you might need to make 2 passes because you don't want to leave the clippings laying on top of the grass this can lead to fungus issues.
Also removing more than 1/3 of the grass may result in stress to your lawn.
The higher end mowers can have a better mulching "system" I would find a really knowledgeable salesperson when you go shopping and explain your situation and they can suggest the best mulching mower for your needs.
Also make sure you get a self propelled one !!!
True, you definitely don't want to leave clumps lying on top .

The manufacturer recommends a pattern to walk when mowing and the main intent is to keep the cord behind you the whole time. What it also does is a natural "second pass". You go in one direction, and the mulch flies out the side of the mower. Now at the end of your row, you turn directions and that mulch is on top of the row you're about to mow, so with no extra effort, you're essentially doing a "second pass" every time if you follow the cord pattern in the book...pretty smart guys at B&D, huh?

You can still change directions on your next mowing and follow the cord pattern (and these mowers are so light, they don't make ruts in the lawn anyway ).

Mine's not self-propelled though . It's an electric push mower. Since I'm in Florida, it's flat here, so I'm not pushing up hills or anything. I can lift the entire mower with one hand and usually mow with one hand (handpick weeds with the other ), but if you yard is hilly, you might want to invest in a self-propelled.

I think the mulching system is the same in all the mulching mowers, it's so basic, but you can spend more and have options like cordless if you go electric and the gas ones might have some more bells and whistles.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 05:26 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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hey riv
my mulching mower send the clipping right down into the grass
do they make electric that do that instead of shooting it out the side?
With the way my gardens surround my yard I wouldn't want the cuttings to get in them

rofl can you just see the look on my hubbys face if I tell him I am going to get a electric mower !!!

lol he gets nervous when I drag out the electric hedger he is certain I am going to cut the cord
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Unread 05-08-2008, 12:24 PM
 
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Get a mulching one with the most hp and you'll be fine.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Riveree, I think you have the same electric B&D lawnmower I used to have. Does the handle flip both ways so you can change directions without turning the mower around? I ended up giving mine away because the wheels got to where they didn't want to roll right. That was back when I had a small yard, now I have four acres to mow.

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Unread 05-08-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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A little electric mower ain't gonna cut it for what you are wanting, for as big an area and how infrequently you are going to get to it. Also get the widest deck you can.
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