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Best way to cut a small lawn?


Most of our garden is either borders, decking or brick, however we recently laid some new turf about 2 months ago. The size is approximately 9sqm, with small brick stepping stones dotted between, so not a lot of grass. It’s a tight space as we have wooden borders for the grass on 3 sides and fencing on one side, inner city garden. For weeks we’ve been debating the best way to cut the grass as it’s so small and we have limited storage. I have used shears so far which is good to simply just cut the grass, but not good effort or time wise!

I've been looking at mowers that are small but all of them seem to have terrible reviews, on B&Q etc anyway. We also need one that goes right up to the sides. I don’t wish to just use a strimmer as it’s a pain to clear up, but seems a more economical way to do it over shears… Any suggestions? 

Also; a side note/ question - we have had patches appear after using the grass to sit on and have a couple of chairs on (started to at least 3 1/2 weeks after laying) - I have chucked seed down and raked it in roughly on the topsoil but the seed is just sitting there two weeks on? I don’t want to chuck a load of dirt over it as it’ll go bumpy.

Thank you for help on either things! 


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,457
    edited August 2021
    One of our neighbours has a small lawn and his mower is a Bosch Rotak. Not quite sure which model but a search leads me to think it's probably the model mentioned on here.
    Another neighbour uses an old style manual push mower, says it gives him a workout and easier to manoeuvre without having to worry about cables etc.
  • JoshCJoshC Posts: 14
    Thanks AnniD. That Bosch was the one I saw on B&Q, but gets very mixed reviews with a lot of 1 stars. Not too sure on it. With a push one, I really don’t think we’d be able to get the speed up to use it efficiently and I’d spend more time with the shears as I’d just get the mid bit done unfortunately. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,817
    edited August 2021
    A photo would help to let us see the space.  :)
    Unless you have an edging strip to take the mower across, no mower will really cut to the sides. Edging shears are ideal for a small space though, and much kinder than a strimmer.
    Re seed - it has to be in contact with the soil, and a light covering can help, though isn't absolutely necessary. You need to rake over the area first to create a reasonable bed for the seed, add a little compost to the seed and sow,  and then it needs watered in well, and will take around 2 weeks to germinate, assuming temps are suitable. Keep it moistened if there's no rain. If it's a small space though, you'll have to accept that there will be a lot of wear and tear compared to a bigger space. 

    I meant to add - the basic Flymos are probably the best bet.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • All that effort & expense for a tiny bit of grass.. you don't have to mow gravel.  :*
    It's your garden, of course, but I'd seriously consider getting shut of the lawn.
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