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Reel mowers for Bahia or/and St. Augustine grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hermanator, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Hermanator

    Hermanator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    I am wondering how good a reel mower works for very south grasses like Bahai and St. Augastine and any other southern grasses?

  2. Hermanator

    Hermanator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    nothing, no one?
  3. horticulturedawg

    horticulturedawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    Outstanding results on bermuda and zoysia....don't know about others.. I think a reel mower will mow St Augustine too short. Our reel mowed properties' turf is awful short. Bermuda and Zoysia can take it, don't know about the others.
  4. Hermanator

    Hermanator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    but do you have to cut it that short? I know they cut the bermuda and zoysia really short as we do here also, but am wondering if it will make a nicer cut on the bahia and augustine type grasses. i hear some guys say it is really hard to cut, so was wondering if reeling it would cut better and look betetr even if you didn't cut it really short?
  5. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    It could be done, but WHY? I lived in Fl. a long time and always cut at 4" to shade the roots of the Flortam, Bahia FORGETABOUTIT! Trash grass, needs to stay in the pastures, I use a Locke C125 on my Emerald Zoysia in Atl. and cut at 1", cut the Bermuda down to 1/4" looks real good, but I would stick with a Z, plus the rapid growth would be way to much for a decent cut, I have a Tru Cut 27" for sale if your interested...
  6. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    St. Augustine will be seriously damaged if you cut at the low heights reel mowers excel at.

    Can't see any advantage a reel mower would offer on St. Augustine. Cutting St. Aug at 2" is really short.

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    Reel mowers typically cut no higher than 1" and like Quiet said, not!!! good for St augustine. Sharp Blades and a level deck will do wonders in St Augustine
  8. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,282

    WHy on earth would anyone want to cut st augustine with a reel mower?

    Sounds like a b.s. question to me. It wouldnt even be worth the effort, and nobody would be stupid enough to do it.

    Save the reel mowers for bermuda, thats about all they are good for down here.

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