Bit by bit we are trying to make little changes in our lives to go easier on the planet. Last year we brought it into the garden, picking up the endearingly named Flymo reel mower from Lee Valley.
We were expecting this to be a big sacrifice, entailing much more elbow grease and sweat. Not so. This European mower seems to glide over the lawn. It is almost surprising to see the steady stream of cuttings flying out behind it. In fact, the action of this mower is so pleasing, we actually wrangle a bit over who will do that particular chore.
The "Silent" aspect of this mower's operation is definitely part of the overall pleasurable experience as well. Apparently the blades are just a smidgen farther from the cutting bar than in the noisier reel mowers you may recall, eliminating the characteristic sound many of us would associate with these mowers.
These aren't really negatives necessarily, but I'll note them for posterity: we did have to reassemble the handle at one point as one of the screws loosened and fell out (could have been our own sloppy job first time round), and I regret not getting the optional Grass Catcher. I'll be rectifying that oversight this summer, for sure.