No wonder it sounds like scissors. With “seven hardened, sharp cutting blades on a ball-bearing shaft,” a manually operated lawnmower (shown above) from the 100-year-old American Lawn Mower Company doesn’t take a backseat to any electric, gasoline-powered, or robotic lawn mower on the market. Plus, it’s environmentally friendly.
The blades on reel lawn mowers give grass a cleaner cut than the rotary blades on electric or gas mowers (which tear instead of trim turf). Add that to the benefits of operating a noiseless, energy-saving low-maintenance, cutting machine and you may wonder why you haven’t already adopted this friendly, low-tech way to mow your lawn. We’ve rounded up 10 reel lawn mowers to consider.
For more environmentally friendly ways to live with a lawn, see:
- Robotic Lawn Mowers: Are They Worth It?
- Guide to Sustainable Landscape Design.
- Fields of Green: 5 Favorite Lawn Substitutes.
- Landscape architect Christine Ten Eyck: 11 Tips for Designing a Water-Conscious Garden.
- 10 Easy Pieces: Riding Lawn Mowers.
Finally, get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for perennial grasses that need no mowing with our Grasses: A Field Guide.