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  1. bruised234

    bruised234 Gold IL'ite

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    Does anyone have good recommendations for good grass cutters+shears - something that can be used to cut grass and also branches? Any good brands, tools you can recommend? DH is against growing grass and using a lawn mower, so I want to using something that can cut grass and also twigs (no more than 2 inches thick).
     
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    Gauri03 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Trimming lawn grass by hand is laborious work! A trimmer/edger could work if you can get a hang of the technique. If the grass patch isn't too large you could go old school and use a garden sickle. Try searching on Yelp. You can find a gardener to manage your lawn for a fairly reasonable amount of money. Might be a better alternative than trying to do it yourself. A set of shears like these should work for cutting and pruning jobs. Ames, Fiskars are some brands I own. Don't buy from Amazon. You can find these tools for a lot less at big box hardware stores. They have frequent promos and often send coupons in the mail.
     
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    bruised234 Gold IL'ite

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    Yes, the grass patch is not really that big(I think so, it is around 10x10ft at most, not sure how much time it may take if I prune the grass). Thank you for the suggestion on shears :grinning: I thought of buying a lawn mower, but DH is thinking of putting artificial grass!! I am just looking for options to make him drop the idea. I don't know what is his concern - that it is laborious, or the kids will get involved. I want to just prune it every week without anyone noticing so that the grass is not a botheration to anyone. It is not enough that we have a lot of plastic junk in the house, we need to add this one too :tired:, all for his stupid golf.
     
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    bruised234 Gold IL'ite

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    @Gauri03 I had another question, is a potato sack good enough to hold landscape rocks? I saw a sale online but I am not sure these will be enough to hold rocks.

    Potato Sack Race Bags 6ct
     
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    Gauri03 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    How about a manual lawn mower? It will be much easier on your back than pruning with shears. I would suggest going to a hardware store and talking to someone in their garden center.

    As to the bags, do you mean large enough or strong enough? Size should be fine, but I don't know how sturdy those bags are. What sort of rocks? Should work for faux rocks, and decorative pebbles. Might not be strong enough for larger river rocks used in edges and step stones. A jute sack, or a nylon yard bag might be sturdier.
     
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    bruised234 Gold IL'ite

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    I don't know about the mower @Gauri03, I think the very mention of it is going to work against mine. Yes, I was talking about the sturdiness... will mail the picture to you.
     
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    I have a manual lawn mower. It wil work for a small area that is all grass. It will just roll over weeds and not cut them, though. My lawn has a generous amount of weeds mixed in, and while I don't recommend this to everyone my scythe works well on weeds and has the added bonus of scandalizing the neighbors.
    I love to garden and buy all my implements from Lee Valley Tools but for routine duties brands like Fiskars that you get at HD/Lowe's are fine.
     
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    @bruised234, for the sake of your back and knees, get a push reel lawn mower. If you must use scissors, try long-handled (preferably electric) ones that you can use standing up. 100 sq ft can seem huge on your knees.

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    You can find some really compact ones. Hide it in the garage and mow the lawn at 5 am on Sunday mornings. :grinning: I'm only half kidding! You don't have to comply with every whim of his you know. It's your home too.
     
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    @Gauri03, talking straight to him will not produce desired results. Did you ever hear the phrase, to ask for permission is to ask for denial. All I wanted was, to convince him that it is okay to do without an artificial lawn. As an aside, have you tried planting "Sampige/Sampangi" plant. I am trying to get it online but it is pretty expensive, there was one good deal I got online but dropped it in between because I was not sure it was genuine or hoax. Let me know if you tried it :)
     
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