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The manual reel mowers are lightweight lawn mowing machines which are commonly used to mow small to medium sized yards or gardens. They usually weigh between 17-35 pounds and very easy to use. Sometimes they are known as cylinder mowers because of their cylindrical shape that has its blades mounted between the wheels with a handle which protrudes from the centre. The blades of the manual reel mower rotate when the wheels turn. They stop when the wheels stop rotating. Its simple mechanism makes it easy and enjoyable to use. They are also known as hand mowers, people powered mowers among others.

Why use them

Most people prefer manual reel mowers to gas or electric mowers for the simple reason that they are mechanically simple and easier to use. They are inexpensive in terms of maintenance and usage. They are not motorized and therefore need no gasoline or batteries.

They also do not need any mechanical expertise as most motorized mowers do. They do not produce any emissions making them environment friendly. As compared to other mowers they are relatively easy to push owing to their weight and also under the right circumstances. If the yard is regularly mowed and has more grass than weeds then that makes the mowing experience good. They are also quiet and silent as the do not create noise as other motorized mowers. They therefore create little or no disturbances in the neighborhood. However manual reel mowers are not just fun but also have disadvantages which create problems at times.

Disadvantages of using a manual reel mower

The manual reel mower is not a heavy machine and therefore unsuitable to clear large chunks of lawns. It is suitable for small to medium sized yards but it can be very tiring and time-consuming for larger sized ones. The most suitable size for the manual reel mower should be under a half an acre. It takes about a considerable amount of time to use a mower. They therefore don’t fit any situation when you find a very difficult terrain and the wrong type of plants which are difficult to mow and would rather be cleared by alternative means. It is usually frustrating when you encounter undulating terrain and crevices. It can be intense work as the blades will usually duplicate the terrain. Also to consider are other hindrances like debris in your yard which clog and jam the blades of the manual reel mower making its operation difficult.

Rocks and twigs and also certain types of grasses are a big obstacle to the manual reel mower. Grasses such as Bermuda, Saint Augustine, Zoysia grass and the Japanese lawn grass are very fibrous and thick a pose a real challenge to the mower as it clears the lawns. For such kind of grasses other tools like shears or line trimmers should be better suited for the job. Sand also creates problems to the manual reel mower. But this problem is actually not common because most yards are sand-free but for desert conditions.

To be honest not very many people love to water plants let alone the lawns. What is true however is that the beauty of the natural landscape created by them is just simply irresistible. Sprinklers have become one way for most people to water their plants and not have to move very much or, sometimes, at all. Sprinklers make the work of watering so much easier. They allow the lawns to grow uniformly and reduce the pressure of having to go out and ensure there is consistency in how the lawn is watered. To have this stress free watering experience, one needs to know how to choose the correct sprinkler for their lawn. Otherwise, watering will still be stressful to you and your household.

1. Consider the size, shape and type of your lawn

There very many kinds of lawns. In fact your neighbor’s lawn may be very different from your own in terms of shape and the type of grass. The size and shape are all determined by your preferences and what kind of landscape design you were going for. The type of sprinkler you buy will also depend on these three factors. For example is your grass is thick and voluminous and does well even with little watering, you may need to water less but with much more pressure so the water does not stay at the leaves but goes down to the roots. Grass that is not very thick will need a sprinkler with less pressure so that it does not cause soil erosion or worse expose your young seeds and undistributed the fertilizer.

The size of your lawn will also determine what kind of sprinkler you buy. If your lawn is small, you may opt to go for the stationary sprinkler. If it is very big however, traveling sprinklers will be more convenient. Rotating sprinklers will also depend on the size of your sprinkler. If your lawn is smaller, go for less sprinkler heads, if it is bigger the more heads the better and the faster your watering is done.

2. The cost

If you are running on a tight budget, buying one powerful sprinkler will be better that buying several smaller ones remember that your lawn will grow so go for an option that will also cater for your future needs. Remember that stationary sprinklers are the cheapest kinds of sprinklers but may not be feasible if you have a big yard. Investing on one traveling sprinkler may be more convenient and cheaper than buying several stationary ones or having to change the location every now and then.

3. Remember to opt for metal over plastic any time

Metal sprinklers will hold much better and serve you much longer. When you forget you take your sprinkler indoor during the hot days, the plastic may expend and be unable to contract to their previous size. Plastics may also break when put under pressure or when hit may objects. Durability is always key therefore invest on metals because they will serve you much longer.