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As per the title - about to move to a house that has a garden so large and beautiful that it will probably consume most of my spare time. Being in the Lake District, it is on a very steep slope which is something I've not had to contend with before - does anyone have any tips or suggestions for mowing the lawn? So far from the best advice from google was to buy a pair of spiked shoes with ankle support!

The previous owner described it as a man's job and she got someone in to take care of it - however I am 5ft3 and about 7 stone if that, so I'm a bit worried that as a very petite lady I may not be up to the task! I've only mowed my parents medium sized garden before and that was with a flymo hover mower, so pretty easy.

My partner - who is now no longer able to do mowing due to being incapacitated for the foreseeable - usually did the mowing with our big heavy petrol mower that was probably heavier than me - so is there a mower out there that even a slip of a thing could use that would be up to such a big task - or am I going to have to relent and 'get a man in' to do the mowing?

Other ideas have so far included getting some sheep or goats in  - then realising they would try to eat everything else too....or getting an army of guinea pigs in a pen which was moved round the garden....although I suspect the dogs may want to eat their droppings and the fox will want to eat I've gone full circle back to the mower plan! All advice gratefully received.



  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 28,335

    HI ellerslie. I think you've already got the mower for the job- the flymo. They're just the thing for dodgy slopes if you're small. Been there and done it! Anything heavy can just slide away from you too easily. Little and often is the best way although it will feel like you're spending the summer cutting grass and nothing else! image

    Or sheep...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thank you Fairygirl! I'll stick to the Flymo and get myself some spiked boots to make sure I don't go tumbling down the slope!!image

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    I've seen someone cutting grass on a steep slope using a flymo.  They had it on the end of a rope and stood at the top swinging it from side to side.  'Brilliant!' , thought I.

  • Thanks Steve 309 - I just had a peek at You Tube and see what you mean!! Looks like I'll be adding a rope and some really grippy strong gloves to my shopping list too!

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,873

    Probably stating the obvious but the 'rope and swing the Flymo' works best with a petrol mower as you don't have the risk of running over the cable.

    Do be very careful when using spiked footwear.  A friend's husband very seriously damaged his knee when he lost balance on the type of slope referred to by the OP.  He fell and twisted sideways but the spikes unfortunately did their job very well and kept his foot exactly where it was!

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753


    How about loosely twisting the flex round the rope?

    I suspect a petrol mower would be too heavy for ellerslie?  And the fuel feed might not work on a steep slope.

  • I would seriously consider getting someone in to mow the lawns. There's no point in having a stupid accident and ending up not being able to enjoy the rest of the Lake District.

  • A mower on a rope sounds like a recipe for a bad back to me. I would get someone in to mow the lawns.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,820

    I suppose it's out of the question to terrace the slope and plant it up?  Probably a bigger job than you want to tackle just yet ........ 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • depends how steep the slope is, but going side to side is easier than up and down if you get my drift. 

    If it's so steep going sideways would risk tipping over, i'd say get a professional in, you don't want to be pushing a mower up or down a steep slope if there is a risk you might lose control or footing. 

    If you are going to be there long term i'd go with dove, and look into terracing it.

    Have a look at the photos of Carrol Kleins glebe cottage on the net, for suggestions of what to do with a really steep slopping garden.

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