Grass Cutting Equipment

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Long ago, grass was cut by hand with a scythe. The invention of the mechanical lawn mower about 150 years ago made lawn care a much easier job. Since then, modifications and improvements on the basic idea of the mower have continued to make landscaping work more efficient and affordable. Taking the time to find a quality lawn mower is essential, since this is likely to be the largest lawn care investment you will make. Turn radius and engine size are major factors to consider in this purchase.

In Addition to Mowers . . .

Unfortunately, modern mowers have some limitations. The wide base of the mower makes for faster trimming, but also makes it impossible to trim in narrow areas. In addition, certain types of grass need to be de-thatched every few years, and a mower cannot do this. Thankfully, there are other lawn tools that make these jobs just as easy.

A weed trimmer is a hand-held modification on the lawn mower. Instead of using blades, it twirls a piece of nylon twine that can cut grass while moving, but will not damage wood or concrete. This way, you can reach into the areas your mower does not reach, and even out the grass to look the same as the rest of your lawn.

As for de-thatching, most runner grasses (like St. Augustine and Bermuda grass) need to be thinned every five to ten years. This is because these grasses grow on top of themselves, and can accumulate a layer of dead tissue that the soil hasn't broken down yet. This layer is called thatch, and is removed by using a de-thatcher to cut vertically into the soil. By so doing, the thatch is exposed to both air and more soil, so it breaks down quickly for a healthy lawn.

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