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Rotary mower Monday, June 28th, 2010

A rotary mower makes for an even greener thumb, environmentally speaking

The Hub and I have had a rotary mower and here are the pros and cons:


  • Lighter – yes, self-propelled may be even easier but this is much lighter
  • No gas, cords, etc.
  • Smaller storage foot print
  • Mulches naturally
  • Clips the grass straight which leaves it looking healthier – power mowers tend to rip and leave jagged ends
  • Better for the environment
  • Doesn’t kick stuff out
  • Cheap, cheap, cheap – think we got ours 8 or so years ago for about $80
  • Good arm workout
  • No clogging
  • Quiet – no neighbors are going to complain if you mow at 11 pm or 6 am – when it is cooler out


  • Need to keep lawn picked up, sticks can jam it up
  • Need to mow more frequently – when grass does get too long it is hard to clip it, usually just bends it over. I’ve combatted this by mowing in a few different directions – usually gets the job done


  • Keep the mower sharp – ours hasn’t been sharpened so it makes for slightly harder work – we’d have to check around to see what business actually offers sharpening for this particular type of mower.
  • Keep the lawn picked up
  • Mow frequently, especially during the rainy season when the grass is thicker and growing faster
  • Wear protective shoes – the blades aren’t completely covered like for a power mower
  • I like to have the option of a power mower as well – sometimes I like to bag to put it in the compost or when the lawn has gotten way too long I’ll power mow. But a rotary mower would be a great supplemental tool that would probably pay for itself in 2-3 years
Garden Line – Crabgrass prevention Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Garden Line has started on SDPB (was on last week too, sorry for the late reminder). You can catch it on Tuesday nights from 7-8 CST on your local PBS station. Once again, Garden Line brings in a panel of guests from around the state, many from SDSU as well as local extension officers and other experts on all things garden/lawn/tree/bug, etc. There is even an 800 number to call to get your questions answered live on TV.

Watching the start of this most recent episode I’m reminded that the near-blooming lilacs are a sign that it is time to treat crabgrass with a pre-emergent if you are one who likes to do that. I’m also reminded that it’s been a crazy year weather-wise and lilacs look to be hitting bloom time a couple weeks earlier than normal. That’s why it is great to use nature’s cues for things like crabgrass prevention instead of a date on a calendar. Plants don’t read calendars after all.