Reel Mowers and Grass Types

Summary

Not all reel mowers are equally effective at cutting through grass. Specifically, lower-end reel mowers are unable to cut through thick-blade grasses. While grass density and yard levelness does play a role in every reel mower’s cutting ability, different types of grass pose different challenges. We have grouped different grass types by blade thickness in order to discuss the various challenges each pose.

Thin-blade Grasses

A visual sample of thin-blade grass.

Types of thin-blade grasses include:

  • Fescues
  • Rye grass
  • Zoysia grass
  • St. Augustine grass varies
  • Etc.

Advantages

Thin-blade grasses tend to pose the least issue to reel mowers, as less cutting force is required for trimming.

Challenges

This type of grass can grow tightly together, sometimes requiring several swipes to fully cut. Additionally, some thin-blade grasses grow in shaded areas, meaning that debris from trees and surrounding structures may need to be removed before mowing. Most reel mowers are unable to cut through debris, as doing so can jam and damage the blades.

Medium-blade Grasses

A sample of medium-blade grass thickness.

Types of medium-blade grasses include:

  • Bahia grass
  • Fescues
  • Centipede grass
  • Etc.

Advantages

Medium-blade grasses are widely used in small yards.

Challenges

The thicker blades may pose an issue if the grass grows to high.

Thick-blade Grasses

A close-up of thick-bladed grass.

Types of thick-blade grasses include:

  • St. Augustine grass varies
  • Zoysia grass
  • Buffalo grass
  • Etc.

Advantages

Thick-bladed grasses are easy to spot-trim.

Disadvantages

Thick-bladed grasses are harder for reel mowers to cut. Keep the mower properly maintained and sharpened to optimize its performance. Lower-quality reel mowers will most likely be ineffective. Regardless of the mower quality, this grass cannot be allowed to grow to high, as taller grass blades will pose a serious challenge to reel mowers.

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