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Lawn mowers
« on: December 28, 2018, 01:58:38 PM »
For the first time in a long, long time, I have a lawn to mow! Which means I need to buy a lawn mower... I used to earn a bit of summer spending money mowing big American lawns, so I'm not new to the task, but these tiny British lawn mowers are a new bit of fun for me.

I used to classify mowers as either mulching or gathering mowers. However I'm looking through Screwfix's site now and it looks like all of them gather the clippings into a bag. Is mulching the grass back into the lawn not done here, or am I just missing something?

I suppose I could just take the bag off and allow the mower to spread the clippings instead of blending them back down into the grass... unless that's not done here too!

Any tips?


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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2018, 02:43:11 PM »
How big is your yard?

When I had a small bit, I LOVED my push mower.  Loved it!  I still use it on occasion for touch ups.

But I have more grass now, so have a petrol mower.  I do use the bag 90% of the time but can leave the bag off to have it mulched back into the grass.


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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2018, 02:45:52 PM »
I use the container all the time. I don't cut my grass as often as I should so it'd be too long to leave on the ground!  :)
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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2018, 04:58:43 PM »
We have an electric mower, and put the grass into our yard waste unless we manage to do it often enough to not need to. We have power in our shed so we just bought a long extension cord. :)

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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2018, 06:31:10 PM »
I have a petrol one with a bag, but I like to collect the clippings as I like to dump the piles into the chicken coop, where they have a great time kicking the piles down and eating the grass.

I'm finding petrol lawnmowers that mulch on amazon, but they don't look cheap!

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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2018, 07:50:40 PM »
We bought a hover mower for our postage stamp....I mean lawn. Works pretty well actually but doesn’t mulch. Electric of course. I’m in a flat, barely room for even that mower.


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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2018, 09:24:49 PM »
How big is your yard?

When I had a small bit, I LOVED my push mower.  Loved it!  I still use it on occasion for touch ups.

But I have more grass now, so have a petrol mower.  I do use the bag 90% of the time but can leave the bag off to have it mulched back into the grass.

My yard is not that big; about 20' X 25'.
By push mower, do you mean it wasn't electric or petrol, just mechanically powered by elbow grease?

I grew up with only petrol-powered push mowers and riding mowers. We put a panel over the opening for the bag to set it to mulch, unless it was so high that mulching would choke the mower.


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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2018, 09:30:02 PM »
My yard is not that big; about 20' X 25'.
By push mower, do you mean it wasn't electric or petrol, just mechanically powered by elbow grease?

I grew up with only petrol-powered push mowers and riding mowers. We put a panel over the opening for the bag to set it to mulch, unless it was so high that mulching would choke the mower.

Yup, like this.  They usually come with a basket attachment for clippings but no need.

I too grew up on petrol mowers but I love this style.  No cord, no fuel, no noise, just the sweet sound of the mechanics doing their thing.

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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2018, 10:26:11 PM »
We bought a hover mower for our postage stamp....I mean lawn. Works pretty well actually but doesn’t mulch. Electric of course. I’m in a flat, barely room for even that mower.


Sorry... what's a hover mower?


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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2018, 08:01:51 AM »
It's an electric lawnmower with no wheels... you push/pull it and it just sort of glides along the surface of the lawn, spinning its blades.


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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2018, 12:59:41 PM »
It's an electric lawnmower with no wheels... you push/pull it and it just sort of glides along the surface of the lawn, spinning its blades.

In my experience, this is a fantasy.  They don't work if the grass is even slightly wet, or slightly too long.


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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2018, 05:22:30 PM »
I have a Bosch Rotak 40. I love it.  [smiley=smitten.gif]  I would buy another in a heartbeat but would get the 43 next time!  Even though it's electric, it makes stripes on the lawn.  ;D

And they come in different widths to suit the size of your garden.

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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2019, 01:46:59 PM »
There is a lawnmower museum by us!

http://www.lawnmowerworld.co.uk


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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2019, 01:56:24 PM »
Coolies!  We made it to the dog collar museum, the garden museum, and have the pencil museum on our list of "to do's", so why not the lawnmower museum!  ;D


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Re: Lawn mowers
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2019, 03:46:28 PM »
We live in the town - let me know if you are coming.


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