I moved into my new house this week, and today was the day to Mow The Grass. I haven’t Mowed The Grass since I was ten, when my dad made me do it twice and then decided it wasn’t worth the grief that it caused either of us.
I remembered the unpleasant noise, vibration, and smell of the lawnmower, and I was also afraid to handle gasoline. I don’t really want to pay someone to mow my lawn every week… and no way am I going to fuss around with an electric cable around rotating blades. So my one choice? A manual push-reel mower.
I bought a Craftsman push-reel at Sears. It was easy to put together–just had to bolt the handle on–and it was cheap. It works well, too. Reviews on the website sometimes complain that the blades don’t cut tough weeds, but they did just fine with my dandelions and lamb’s ear. It was easy to push, except for the uphill parts of the lawn. It’s completely quiet and very lightweight. In short, I think it’s a keeper.
Of course, my house is a ranch-style sitting on one-fifth of an acre. I dunno how much fun it would be on a bigger lot.