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RE: can I convert to a reel mower (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: texas-weed on 05.19.2010 at 05:01 pm in Lawn Care Forum

Simple answer is YES.

1. I know the OKC market very well, and your sod came from Easton Farms or mine. Easton two years ago had 3 varieties available Tifway-I (aka 419) Baby, and U3. Baby and U3 are the more expensive varieties. My guess is since you do not know the variety you bought the house new and the default standard for all new homes is Tifway-I. It does not matter, they are all hybrids and maintenance is identical and can be kept very short, down to 1/4 inch if you want.

2. You can, but you had better take care of the grade issue first. What I recommend depending on how the grade is, take it as low as you can now as so not to scalp any areas, say 1 to 1-1/2 inches, and then work on the grade problems.

3. Start now by bringing up the low spots with sand. Once you get to where it is flat then we can bring th eheight down, but the time to do that depends on when you get the grade issue fixed.

Ok here is the trick. If it takes you to mid or late summer to get the grade issue taken care of, put off lowering to .7 until next year. Just maintain at 1.5 inches the rest of the season and let it go dormant this fall. The next late winter or very early spring after the threat of frost has passed, but before green up, whack it down to 1/2 inch, and remove all the clipping. Then spray the whole yard with a liquid iron application. Once you see it starting to green up and recover, apply your first application of fertilizer with a 3-1-2 ratio like 15-5-20 or 20-5-10. You are now on your way.

If you can get the grade issue taken care of by the first week of June, whack it down and remove the clippings. I warn you your lawn is going to look like he!! and be nothing but brown twigs and stems for a couple of weeks and look thin up til mid July. Keep it watered. Soon as you see some green again, apply 39-0-0, and keep it watered. Mow at desired height every other day and stay after it until it goes dormant.

Last warning here. If you are going to keep it at .7 or that short, you are committing yourself to mowing every 2 or 3 days, monthly fertilizer applications, and a huge water bill unless the good Lord blesses you with ample rain fall again this summer. So be careful what you ask for, because you will get it.

Good Luck

TW

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RE: Mascot, Brill 38, Fiskar's Reel Mower Review (Follow-Up #54)

posted by: ronm69 on 07.23.2011 at 01:07 am in Lawn Mowers Forum

Has anyone had any experience with any of the battery powered reel mowers? I have a battery powered rotary (neuton brand) and it works great, just not the same quality finish a reel will provide. I have seen 3 or 4 models of the battery powered reel mowers online and might give one of them a try. It seems the common problem with using manual reels on bermuda is that you can't get the reel spinning fast enough to cut through smoothly. The battery powered might remedy that to a point, but it would be a much cheaper option that the gas powered models. Any thoughts?

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RE: My Experiences Leveling My Lawn with Sand (Follow-Up #50)

posted by: ronm69 on 07.22.2011 at 01:00 am in Lawn Care Forum

jonmhenderson, thanks for the input. What kind of McLane's are you referring to. I have looked at their site and see they have both gas and manual. Are their manual push reels any good on 419? I don't know that I can put that much into a mower right now, the gas models are not cheap.

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RE: My Experiences Leveling My Lawn with Sand (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: ronm69 on 07.21.2011 at 01:37 pm in Lawn Care Forum

I just found out from Fiskars that their momentum reel mower is not a good fit for bermuda, which explains all the problems I was having pushing it through my grass. They told me to return it since there was nothing they could do to make it work properly for my grass. I am now in the market for a different reel mower that will work properly with bermuda 419.

I am using a lawn treatment service for the rest of my lawn, which is also bermuda 419. They won't start treating the front until it has been down for a few months. I just laid it no more that 2 months ago.

No soil test yet, I will have my lawn service company check it when they start treating it.

I was trying to alternate mowing directions but the fiskars mower was not cutting through the grass smoothly so I stopped using for now. Sending it back tomorrow. Any suggestions or personal experience with another type of reel mower that works with bermuda?

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RE: My Experiences Leveling My Lawn with Sand (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: ronm69 on 07.21.2011 at 06:17 am in Lawn Care Forum

Great thread everyone, very helpful. I only laid my bermuda 419 a couple of months ago but it is growing in very well. I have had to mow it a few times already to keep it at the 1" to 1.25" level, just above what it was from the sod farm. I am going to have to do some leveling and wanted to know if I should wait for the grass to grow in some more before dumping sand on it. I am using a push reel mower and it is a bit bumpy for it right now. I have an irrigation system and have been watering it daily since I laid it and the grass is growing really well. I added a pic to help see where it is at. It is about 1.25" high in the picture.

Here is a link that might be useful: bermuda 419

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RE: Mascot, Brill 38, Fiskar's Reel Mower Review (Follow-Up #53)

posted by: ronm69 on 07.21.2011 at 11:18 am in Lawn Mowers Forum

Update regarding Fiskars reel mower and its use on bermuda grass. I just got off the phone with the company and per an engineer there, this mower will not work well with bermuda grass. I sent them the same pictures I posted earlier showing the rippled effect in my lawn. They stated there are no adjustments that can be made and that I should send it back. You have to appreciate their honesty when confronted with this problem, some companies would run you around. Hope this helps anyone else that has this mower or looking to purchase one.

Now I need to find one that will work properly with bermuda 419. Any suggestions or personal experience would be appreciated.

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RE: Mascot, Brill 38, Fiskar's Reel Mower Review (Follow-Up #52)

posted by: ronm69 on 07.21.2011 at 05:04 am in Lawn Mowers Forum

Here are the photos showing the rippled look after using the fiskars as described in previous post. Bermuda is at about 1.5' in the pics.

[IMG]http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg222/ronmiller69/Landscaping%20Photos/frontyard1.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg222/ronmiller69/Landscaping%20Photos/frontyard2.jpg[/IMG]

Here is a link that might be useful: bermuda 419

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RE: Mascot, Brill 38, Fiskar's Reel Mower Review (Follow-Up #51)

posted by: ronm69 on 07.21.2011 at 04:00 am in Lawn Mowers Forum

I just registered here after reading all the posts regarding the fiskars and bermuda at the lower settings. I purchased a fiskars a couple of weeks ago and noticed the chopping look and the grabbing of the grass at the lower settings too. I laid my bermuda 419 in my front yard a couple of months ago and have been trying to keep it at the lowest setting like it was from the sod farm. When the mower does not jam up and stop dead it its tracks I get a rippled look like someone else mentioned earlier. I was going to post a couple of pics but can't seem to figure out how. I have sent an email with pics to fiskars explaining the difficulty with my bermuda and will post a follow up if they can offer a fix. I don't want to have to send it back since I ordered it online and I think it is a nice mower, but if it won't glide through my bermuda, what's the use?

Someone mentioned that it needs a roller on the front instead of the two little wheels, what do you mean by that? I also have scott's classic 20" but didn't notice a roller on the front. I have read this explanation somewhere else too, but would like some clarification.

Thanks, so far I love the advice given here.

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