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Old 10-09-2008, 09:56 AM
 
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Hi,

I just bought a new home. The front lawn is not that big so I decided that my husband can mow the lawn and I can also do the yard work. My husband is interested in using the push mower but is concerned that this will leave grass clippings which will later be blown away on the road and the HOA will FINE us for that.

What can we do to protect us from HOA and still use the pull lawn mower since it is good for the envirnment and the clippings are good for the grass.
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:04 AM
 
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I wouldn't worry about the clippings blowing around. They wilt very soon after a mowing and would just about disappear by the next day......Using a push mower (good idea!) will require mowing before the grass gets tall enough to have a clippings problem.
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:07 AM
 
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Thanks Padgett2.

My front yard is not that big even if the clipping blows around then I can use a broom and put them back in the grass.

For trimming the edges do I have to buy a trimmer or can this be done using something else?
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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You need a mulching mower. A good string trimmer is a must too. Since your yard is small look into one of the new rechargeable ones.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:40 AM
 
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@southernaturelover,

Mulching mower will not be suitable for my small lawn. Also, I think I can get some exercise done using the push mower.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:41 AM
 
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Here is the mower that I am interested in:

Brill Razorcut 38 push reel mower
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:05 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Just be careful. I've heard they are still dangerous and can cut off a finger or a toe if you're careless. Otherwise, they're sort of fun.
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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@southernaturelover,

Mulching mower will not be suitable for my small lawn. Also, I think I can get some exercise done using the push mower.
You can get a push style mulching mower, some are electric.

Walmart.com: Black & Decker 18-Inch Electric Mulching Mower: Lawn & Garden
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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There are quite a few reel mowers out there, including the Brill (http://www2.yardiac.com/long.asp?item_id=42524 - broken link). You can read a little more about them here.

But if you are worried about clippings, you can buy a grass catcher with your mower, then compost the clippings or use them as mulch.
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: CA
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I use a reel mower. I have no problems with blowing grass clippings. Since I mow regularly, the clippings aren't very long and fall right back into the grass. I can't even really tell they're there. On the other hand, I've never paid any attention to it since I don't live in a HOA neighborhood.

But yes, they do sell a grass catcher to go with my mower, I'm sure you can find one for yours if you want. As I understand it though, leaving the clippings is good for the lawn - lots more moisture.
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