This is a picture of the worlds first lawnmower!
If you like a nice neat lawn, but you'd
just as soon do without a small herd of sheep, you can thank
Mr. Edwin Beard Budding. Back in 1830, Mr. Budding, an
engineer from Stroud, Gloucestershire, England invented the
first lawnmower. He obtained the idea after seeing a machine
in a local cloth mill which used a cutting cylinder (or
bladed reel) mounted on a bench to trim cloth to make
a smooth finish after weaving. Budding realized that a similar
concept would enable the cutting of grass if the mechanism could
be mounted in a wheeled frame to make the blades rotate
close to the lawn's surface. He went into partnership
with a local engineer, John Ferrabee, and together they made
mowers in a factory at Stroud. Examples of the early Budding
type mowers can be seen in Stroud Museum, the London Science
Museum and at Milton Keynes Museum in England.
These early machines were all made of cast
iron and featured a large rear roller with a cutting cylinder
(reel) in the front. Cast iron gear wheels transmitted power
from the rear roller to the cutting cylinder. Overall, these
machines were remarkably similar to modern mowers.
Budding and Ferrabee were shrewd enough
to allow other companies to build copies of their mower under
license, the most successful of these being Ransomes of Ipswich
which began making mowers as early as
1832. The company has made mowers virtually continuously ever
since, and is now the world's largest manufacturer of lawn care
That's why today, there are no sheep in
your garage and why you can walk on the grass in your
bare feet. Here are some tips for a lawn that's a treat
for eyes and toes alike:
The mow better way is more often, and not so short. We recommend
a mowing height no less than 3 inches. That way, the grass provides
shade that keeps weeds from sprouting. Frequent mowing to a
moderate height, with a sharp blade, is the key to a healthy,
Perfect Mowing is as Easy as 1-2-3
A beautiful lawn is never an accident. And among all of the
things that make a lawn look its best, mowing properly
is one of the most important. Keeping your lawn a cut above
the rest is really very simple. Just remember these basic
rules, and you'll be well on your way to having a picture
Keep it High
The first guideline is mowing high. A lawn
kept clipped at the correct height has more food producing ability,
is able to stay greener, reduces weeds, and conserves water
by shading the soil, Weed and crabgrass seeds need plenty
of sun and heat to sprout. Because of this, taller grass is
one of the best weed preventers you can use. Shading the soil
by mowing higher also reduces water loss from evaporation.
Cutting too short or too much off at once
When you set the blade too low, you may
remove most of the food producing parts of the plant. The result
is a brown lawn that takes weeks and weeks to recover and in
a severe instance might need replacement.
How Often Is Often Enough?
Mowing frequency is the second rule to keeping
your lawn in top condition. Lawns grow at very different rates
from season to season. Turf produces much more top growth during
the spring and early fall, and your mowing schedule should match
the growth of your lawn. During periods of heavy growth, once
a week may not be enough, while every ten days might be fine
during the summer for lawns without regular irrigation.
On high Maintenance lawns, with regular irrigation and fertilization
schedules we recommend a 5 day mowing cycle.
The key to mowing frequency is to never
remove more than 1/3 of the total blade height in a single mowing.
A Sharp Blade = A Sharper Looking Lawn
We receive calls every year about lawns
that look brown even after periods of rain and cooler
weather. In almost every case, this is the result of a dull
mower blade shredding the tips of the grass. When a blade
is dull, it rips the turf instead of cutting cleanly. The ripped
tips then bleach out and turn
brown, giving the whole lawn a tan or brown cast. Having the
blade sharpened and balanced once per year is usually
not enough especially on larger properties. You should touch
up your blade edge with a file or have it sharpened 2
to 3 times per year. Always follow your mower manufactures
blade changing instruction!
Remember, always ensure the machine is shut
off and disconnect the spark plug anytime you put your hands
into the blade area.
By following these easy rules, you'll always
keep your lawn on the cutting edge.
Points to remember:
- Mow the turf high. Set the mower on one
of the highest settings. Never remove more than 1/3 of the
blade height at a time.
- Mow more often during periods of heavy
- Leave the clippings on the lawn under
- Keep the blade sharp for a clean cut.
- Never handle the blade without disconnecting
the spark plug wire first.
We offer Weekly &
Bi Weekly Mowing Programs
$29.95* up to 7,000
sq. ft turf area
Add $1.50 for each additional 1000
sq. ft up to 20,000 sg ft
Add $1.39 for each additional 1000
sq. ft thereafter.
*This rate schedule
is only a guide, real -life conditions will be a factor in your
actual mowing fee.
We Are Accepting Bid Requests For The 2004-05 seasons on
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Our Mowing &
Trimming Service Will Include:
||Upon arrival each week, we will police
site, remove and dispose of any foreign debris found in
the turf area.
||Use of equipment is to be done so as
to prevent scalping of turf areas and damage to landscape
||Equipment blades are kept sharp, so
as to avoid ripping or tearing blades of grass
||Spring season mowing is done at a height
of approximately 2.5". Summer mowing is done
at a height of approximately 3.0" Fall mowing
is done at a height of approximately 2.5" with the
final cut at 2.0"
||With each mowing, we will trim the
grass adjacent to buildings, steps, decks, fences, trees,
shrubs, plantings, light poles, and any other protrusions
so as to prevent damage to these items while providing the
same cut height as the adjacent mowed grass
||We will sweep or power blow all walkways,
patios, steps, and walkways after each mowing.
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