Reel Mowers Can Make Your Lawn Look Like a Golf Course. Are They Worth the Trouble Though?
Lots of people want the golf course look for their lawns, but they don’t realize that to get that golf course look, you’ll have to fertilize your lawn eight times a year and the water much more than an average homeowner would. Most people also don’t realize that golf courses also use fleets of reel mowers to mow the turfgrass, and the golf course will often mow every other day with those reel mowers. Is a reel mower right for your lawn?
Most of our customers don’t want to fool with a reel mower. They’re expensive to buy and expensive to maintain and it takes an expert to keep the blades sharp. You can’t cut much grass off at one time with a reel mower. If you try to cut off one third of the length of the grass blades with a reel mower, it will bog down on you every time.
The great majority of our customers use rotary mowers for their grass, and those mowers work just fine. You still have to keep your mower blades sharp though — even with a rotary mower. After you mow, if you see that the tops of your grass blades have a ragged or feathered appearance, you need to sharpen your mower or get a new blade. If the tops of your grass blades turn brown a couple of days after you mow, that’s another sign of a dull mower blade.
So if you want to go all out for that golf course appearance and if you can afford to pay the higher costs associated with using and maintaining a reel mower, it will help you achieve your goals. You’ll get a very sharp, clean cut on your grass and mowing frequently will give you a manicured looking lawn. If cost is a factor for you, then you can still maintain a great looking lawn with a rotary mower.
If you have questions about your choice of a mower or if you’d like to visit about your next sod project, please call us at 281-431-7441.
What kind of mower do you use on your lawn? Are you happy with it?