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Best practicies for grass mowing

Post by kaziel » Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:20 am

Hello dears. This year I've boght some land to start to build a house. I will bo owning around 3k m2 (square meters) of area. Most of it will be covered by grass. Currently this was a pasture - so soil isn't very dense. Whole terrain as a small slope (around 40-50cm per 60m). I'm wondering what type of mower to use. I was thinking about bar mower but I would appreciate any good practice about grass to share. There are no trees neither bushes on the are yet. Thank you.
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Re: Best practicies for grass mowing

Post by stillanoob » Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:51 am

There are a lot of better places to get information than here. But...

Don't let the grass get too tall before mowing. It grows better if you are cutting the tips of the blades rather than the stalks. Use a mulching type of mower so that the clippings are small and compost directly. Don't mow when it is wet, the clippings will clump. Look up ways to de-thatch and aerate.

And get your zen on about mowing. I like the smell of exhaust and grass...

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Post by Twisted Brick » Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:08 am

3000 square meters is like, 3/4 of an acre. Maybe a mower that you can sit down on? Be sure to order some kind of canopy (umbrella?) for shade, a drink holder or two, and an external drive belt to hook up to a corn grinder. Just sayin'. :D
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Re: Best practicies for grass mowing

Post by NormandieStill » Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:21 am

Scythe!

If the plot is clear of rocks, while using a scythe will take a little longer than a ride-on on mower, it'll be much more pleasant time.
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Post by cob » Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:54 pm

by my math 3000 sq.m. is close to 2 acres. roughly the same as I mow, I finally bought a kubota bx model used

about 11 years ago and soon realized that I should have taken that step 10 years earlier. center deck, brush hog

front end loader, and tiller. I spent 10 years dicking around with various commercial mowers between 5' and 8'

and consider that time wasted. before the kubota the time differential between the pre kubota machines was

4-7 hours. the kubota's slowest time with a half meter of standing grass was 2.5 hours fastest was 59 minuets

with 6" height average time now is 1.5 hours. those are all center deck times. I it gave me a lot more hours of

play way less hours of mowing. the extra tools are to me are all time savers. bottom line is how do you want

to spend your time.

edit to add 42" john deer home owner style mower took 8 hours that's why I posted about commercial mowers
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Post by Yummyrum » Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:10 pm

I got 5 acre block . The house yard is about 1 acre of that and I do it on a ride on .
The rest is paddock . I can do those with the Ride on but it literally takes me several day . But once that grass gets over a 2’ high , forget it .I then have to pay someone to come and slash it . I have basically flogged two ride ons to death over the last 20 years .


A few months ago I bought an old Massey Ferguson( 1962 model) and a 4’ slasher . Can do the whole lot in less than a day , even when its so tall Its above the tractor . When its low , even quicker.

Like Cob , in hindsight , I should have got one years ago .

You can turn a paddock into a golf coarse if you keep mowing it . But prepare to keep mowing it .

Twisted , not such a silly thought about the corn grinder . I’m already thinking about getting a PTO generator I can use to run Still off tractor . Diesel is cheaper than Electricity and gas around here . :thumbup:

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Re: Best practicies for grass mowing

Post by Tom Kat » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:26 am

I mow 1.5 acres every week. It's important to have sharp blades. Also, over time, you will need to treat for weeds and feed the lawn if you want it to thrive.
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Post by Mr Sippy » Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:04 am

Twisted Brick wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:08 am
3000 square meters is like, 3/4 of an acre.

Correct.
Our lot is one acre. My 65 yr old wife mows the 3/4 acre (flat / gentle grade) with a self propelled 6hp push mower. We've estimated it's the equivalent of a 5 mile walk. If you're physical, it's a great 2 for 1 endeavor.
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Post by jonnys_spirit » Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:23 am

+1 on the physical activity benefit. Add in headphones or earbuds + a delta-8 vape and it’s an enjoyable walk in the park before the heat of the day. I keep several compost piles filled with grass clippings and leaves around the yard that i’ll spread out and start in a different spot every couple seasons. Not hard to dress it up and they take spent mash as well.

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Re: Best practicies for grass mowing

Post by cob » Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:39 pm

Mr Sippy wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:04 am
Twisted Brick wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:08 am
3000 square meters is like, 3/4 of an acre.

Correct.
Our lot is one acre. My 65 yr old wife mows the 3/4 acre (flat / gentle grade) with a self propelled 6hp push mower. We've estimated it's the equivalent of a 5 mile walk. If you're physical, it's a great 2 for 1 endeavor.
brain fart on my part; square meters NOT cubic meters. :crazy:
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Re: Best practicies for grass mowing

Post by kaziel » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:38 pm

Thank you all very much for replies.
NormandieStill wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:21 am
Scythe!

If the plot is clear of rocks, while using a scythe will take a little longer than a ride-on on mower, it'll be much more pleasant time.
Judging from the pictures on the internet that's what I've ment by typing bar mower. Actually I can barrow one and check if it can do the job.
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Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:51 am
Don't mow when it is wet, the clippings will clump. Look up ways to de-thatch and aerate.
Noted thanks.
I was also thinknig about somthing like Kubota or Yanmar but this much over budget for now. For sure in future I want to buy something like that especially that I can add tiller or snowblower to it.
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Re: Best practicies for grass mowing

Post by NormandieStill » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:05 pm

kaziel wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:38 pm
Judging from the pictures on the internet that's what I've ment by typing bar mower. Actually I can barrow one and check if it can do the job.
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Our ground grows more rocks than grass, and my much abused scythe tends to be used for clearing nettles, but it's less grief to get out than the strimmer and a lot less noisy.
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