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Which lawn mower to use?

Planning our move over the next couple of months, and looking for some help on this one:
Is it a good idea for me to buy a Flymo in the NL and bring it over to CH to use on the very sloping grassy area which comes as part of the garden in the rented house?
I looked on the website of Coop Bau and could only see heavy duty mowers which look as though they would be hard work to push up and down that slope
But what do other people use there on sloping hillside plots? (and yes, if you want to make some jokes about the 4 legged grass cutters, here is a nice opportunity!) Would a flymo be tough enough for the harsh looking grass?
And also - what should i do with the grass cuttings? does every canton have green recycling?

Thanks for any helpful advice!
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Re: Which lawn mower to use?

The garden in our rental house was a steep slope, too steep for a mower. So OH cut the grass the way his grandfather did - with a scythe.

Earned him mega brownie points with the next-door neighbor.

Our first friendships here were forged over that scythe - discussions of technique, sharpening stones, and 'now where did you learn to use one of those, son?'. Apparently his technique led to speculation that OH's German ancestors might actually have been Swiss...

The home we now own also has two sloping areas - nothing nearly so dramatic as the rental house, though. This time I took the coward's way out - I've terraced one area to make an herb garden, and the other area is planted in low growing perenials that give color but require almost no maintenance.

This time around OH only has to mow the flat parts. But in his heart of hearts, I think he misses his scything days.

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We compost/mulch the grass cuttings directly on the lawn. (have one of those mowers that does both - a good ol' Sears special brought over from home). That is, we compost whatever the evils slugs leave behind...

I have my own compost bin, if there is too much grass clipping to leave in the lawn, it goes in the bin. It's a simple DIY affair, you can get the necessary stuff at B/H or Hornbach quite inexpensively. One bin for this year's fresh compost, another for last year's almost-ready-to-use.
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Planning our move over the next couple of months, and looking for some help on this one:
Is it a good idea for me to buy a Flymo in the NL and bring it over to CH to use on the very sloping grassy area which comes as part of the garden in the rented house?
I looked on the website of Coop Bau and could only see heavy duty mowers which look as though they would be hard work to push up and down that slope
But what do other people use there on sloping hillside plots? (and yes, if you want to make some jokes about the 4 legged grass cutters, here is a nice opportunity!) Would a flymo be tough enough for the harsh looking grass?
And also - what should i do with the grass cuttings? does every canton have green recycling?

Thanks for any helpful advice!
Don't know why, but in 10yrs here, I recall seldom seeing a flymo, if at all - no ..... now I think about it, I believe I have seen the small electric ones to purchase.
I remember my father having one - I was the one with the rake afterwards.

A lot of the so-called heavy duty mowers, provide drive from the motor to the rear wheels (or all 4?) to assist pushing.
Landi offer a good choice and after sales service, plus spare parts and 5yr guarantee, and are found in many villages throughout CH. I and many people round here (in the countryside) have the distinctive green and yellow mower.

They also offer a hand-push type - which is another alternative for banked areas - but depending on grass height/length, may need strimming first.

Basically it all depends on how much total lawn area you will have, and how much of this will be on slopes or banks, which will determine what you get, and for how much.

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The garden in our rental house was a steep slope, too steep for a mower. So OH cut the grass the way his grandfather did - with a scythe.

Earned him mega brownie points with the next-door neighbor.
I have a scythe and I learned how to use it and my neighbours were suitably impressed. When I bought it at Bau and Hobby the salesman thought I was mad but he sold me all the necessary components and off I went. If you buy one, buy electric or gas.

How steep is the slope? You can use a trimmer or you can use a mower but I recommend a very light weight one. We have a slope now, the main problem is that it is fenced so I cannot work from the bottom of the slope. If there are trees on the slope, a mower will be more difficult to manoever so you may need the trimmer anyways.

Slopes are a challenge but grass is one of the best ground grabbers.
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Re: Which lawn mower to use?

We had a large garden on a slope when I was a kid. My dad bought his first petrol Flymo when they first came out- in the mid 60s- and kept it till he died in 2009! The 'skirt' was broken, and I did throw it away- as we already got a good mower and our garden is flatish.
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I have a scythe and I learned how to use it and my neighbours were suitably impressed. When I bought it at Bau and Hobby the salesman thought I was mad but he sold me all the necessary components and off I went. If you buy one, buy electric or gas.

How steep is the slope? You can use a trimmer or you can use a mower but I recommend a very light weight one. We have a slope now, the main problem is that it is fenced so I cannot work from the bottom of the slope. If there are trees on the slope, a mower will be more difficult to manoever so you may need the trimmer anyways.

Slopes are a challenge but grass is one of the best ground grabbers.
What you are referring to is what we called a strimmer in the UK. A Scythe is like a massive curved razor which is what I use, but please everybody, take great care when using these, serious injury is just a slipped swish away with these monsters.



.... and I forgot to add, using these is a great work out, no gym needed at all!
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Re: Which lawn mower to use?

We've got several VERY old ones in the barn - left there by previous owner.
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....but please everybody, take great care when using these, serious injury is just a slipped swish away with these monsters.
I know .....
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..... look what happened to me.
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Re: Which lawn mower to use?

Those swishing scythe blades look too dangerous for me to use - i know that we would be bound to find out too much about the Swiss A and E departments that way!

Thanks for the Landi catalogue - looking at the pictures i indeed see no Flymos, though i am sure they could cope with the slope..... Also good to see prices there, whatever we go with it would be cheaper to buy here and bring with us, I see!

the Strimmer/trimmer is also a good idea, I hadn't taken the fencing into consideration. We have one here which I will certainly bring

If it was my slope (and not a rented one!), I would love to put some terracing there, it would be perfect for that!
I will have to check with the landlord about putting plants around the fencing, hopefully it would be fine if I put some things to climb over it, a passion flower could easily romp all over it, it is very sunny there.

Thanks for all your good ideas, I am eager to get to the Landi to browse -hopefully that is also some kind of garden centre?
I will also check out the composting bin ideas...
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Re: Which lawn mower to use?

Landi is really for farmers, their shops are for the farmers wives. A better garden centre is Jumbo.

As to cutting the grass on your slope, which ever method you use it is dangerous, easy to slip a bit and the blade cutting into you.

You could ask around and maybe team up with a neihbour and get a professional in to do the job.
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Re: Which lawn mower to use?

I have only found flymos to be any good on level ground. If the ground is at all uneven or there is tough grass it is better to get a smaller rotary mower. That will be easier to manoeuvre
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Re: Which lawn mower to use?

Bacher Outdoor Living, Spinnereistrasse 3, 8135 Langnau am Albis sells Flymos. They display the 300 and 400 model but you can ask for the catalogue, where you have more choice. They also store spare parts (blades, spacers etc.).
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They had a couple of flymos in Jumbo last week. Don't know what sort they were or how much they were charging though.
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Can't believe this hasn't been suggested yet?!



It's also the only lawn-mower that you can use on a Sunday in Switzerland.
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What you are referring to is what we called a strimmer in the UK. A Scythe is like a massive curved razor which is what I use, but please everybody, take great care when using these, serious injury is just a slipped swish away with these monsters.



.... and I forgot to add, using these is a great work out, no gym needed at all!
Right about that. I could hardly lift my arms the next morning.
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Thanks for the Landi catalogue - looking at the pictures i indeed see no Flymos, though i am sure they could cope with the slope..... Also good to see prices there, whatever we go with it would be cheaper to buy here and bring with us, I see!
Landi has many in-house product lines (effectively own brand using different names). They don't generally carry a full choice of alternative brands. OKAY is their brand for mechanical garden equipment, so you wont see Flymo - they tend to promote their own products.

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Landi is really for farmers, their shops are for the farmers wives. A better garden centre is Jumbo.
Come on, Ittigen, it's not like that now. Maybe originally when it was established as a farmer's co-operative, for them to bring their produce for distribution, and with a counter where they could pick up a few tools and other farm requisites - but now not. The number of new, large, "edge of town" type stores appearing around me, is almost on a scale with Aldi and Lidl - offering a large selection of many products, albeit not full product line brand choice.

The fact is, there are many more Landi's than Jumbo (which I also use) or other similar type stores, and they're often just on the door step.
If I wanted to have my mower serviced, I could just push it down the street, and not have to take it apart and have to cram it into the back of the car. It's also the only place I know that gives almost as standard, a 5yr guarantee.
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Re: Which lawn mower to use?

I see the gardeners use those string trimmers on steep slopes, there are electric and gas trimmers...
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Re: Which lawn mower to use?

I luuuuuuurve Landi.

When in doubt, I start my search there.

While the local Landi is quite small with limited stock on hand, their catalog is huge - the array of stuff is amazing. Because it is a 'farmer' store the folks who work there tend to be very community and - dare I day it? - customer-service oriented. The gentleman at Landi always takes time to discuss my projects and offer solutions - which sometimes involves telling me not to waste my money, here's a cheaper DIY option. I do feel I can trust their recommendations and will order from their catalog sight-unseen - something I'd never do in other stores here.

Besides the prices at Landi are very good.
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What you are referring to is what we called a strimmer in the UK. A Scythe is like a massive curved razor which is what I use, but please everybody, take great care when using these, serious injury is just a slipped swish away with these monsters.



.... and I forgot to add, using these is a great work out, no gym needed at all!
Oh, no...Mrs. D got it right: She did indeed buy a scythe.....
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I luuuuuuurve Landi.

When in doubt, I start my search there.

While the local Landi is quite small with limited stock on hand, their catalog is huge - the array of stuff is amazing. Because it is a 'farmer' store the folks who work there tend to be very community and - dare I day it? - customer-service oriented. The gentleman at Landi always takes time to discuss my projects and offer solutions - which sometimes involves telling me not to waste my money, here's a cheaper DIY option. I do feel I can trust their recommendations and will order from their catalog sight-unseen - something I'd never do in other stores here.

Besides the prices at Landi are very good.
+1

I love Landi also. They have excellent deals on wine and their mix for the bread machine is far better (and cheaper) than what one finds at Coop. The smell is great too..a bit like a farmyard without the manure

Great deals on wellington boots and they have large sizes also.
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