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Re: Reel Mowers

It's not good for the grass or the mower to mow in the morning.  The grass
is wet with dew.  You'll dull the blades.  I suppose it is possible though
that the new self-sharpening blades might alleviate the problem.

Excerpts from a couple of books on lawns:
"Mow in the evening after 6pm to allow the cut ends enough time to recover
before the dry hot breezes begin."  [Cutting a blade of grass produces a
wound that heals best over night, rather than being a freshly cut open wound
which more easily loses its moisture to sun and wind.]

"Whenever possible, choose a time when the grass foliage is dry - mowing wet
turf can produce a ragged effect and clog the machine."


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <EvaTEsq@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2004 3:48 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Reel Mowers

> I've wanted one of those reel mowers also, Jesse.  My motivation was that
> wanted to mow REAL early in the morning when the temperature is cool
> feeling guilty about waking up the neighborhood.  I had been mowing my own
> and when I did it was always on Saturday morning and I felt I couldn't
> the damn thing until after 12 pm when everyone in the neighborhood was up
> of bed.
> For the past two years, with Steve in law school, things have been too
> and crazy for me, so we've been using a landscaper.  Steve garduated in
> and is studying for the bar exam now.  So, next year I want to go back to
> it myself.  Though I have to admit that I can't edge the damn sidewalk the
> way the landscaper does.  He makes it look much better than I ever did.
> Eva
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 6/7
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