Monthly Archives: March 2009

7 Blade Push Reel Mower For Bermuda

7 Blades: The 7 blade bent-grass mower is designed for low creeping, fine-bladed grass like Bermuda in the South, Southeast, and Southwest. This 7 blade push reel mower is similar to the reel mowers which are used by golf courses, but it does not cut finely enough to be used for cutting golf greens.

Inspection: To assure a precise fine cut, all of these push reel mowers must pass inspection. They must cut paper which is 3000ths of an inch thick. This is much thinner than a blade of grass.

New for 2009: Epic Solar Powered and Cordless Electric Mower

The Epic Mower is arriving at our warehouse in days. We’ll begin shipping on Monday March 23, 2009

Epic Mower: The new Epic Cordless Electric Mower uses a 24 volt system comprised of two 12 volt batteries. The Epic EP21H is a rotary mower, self-propelled and will run for approximately 45 minutes.


Arriving Soon: The only high-performance cordless electric mower with features typically found on high-end gass models:

  • mulching
  • push-button start
  • self-propelled rear wheel drive

One Powerful Cordless Mower

  • cuts the average lawn in one charge
  • 21″ inch extra wide cut
  • battery powers mower for 45 minutes on one charge
  • 24 volt system powered by two 12 volt batteries

Maintenance + Hassle + Pollution Free

  • requires no gas, oil, maintenance or annoying cords
  • low maintenance costs, hassles, and pollution
  • solar panel option

YouthBuild: Takes back abandoned buildings, rebuilds, gives to homeless


great kids!

This 30-year old program YouthBuild began when East Harlem youth were asked a question: what would you want to do if you had adult support? The answer: take back abandoned buildings from drug dealers, rebuild them, and give them to homeless families.

I came across this event on the Washington D.C. mall by accident today and was fascinated, humbled,  and very inspired ::
Over 100 students and graduates from YouthBuild USA programs around the country showed off green building techniques on the Mall and, in a tent next to the building going up, took seminars about green building-related practices (event program (pdf)).


In YouthBuild programs nationwide, low-income youth ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and poor people. About 90 percent of YouthBuild students have quit high school, and 40 percent have been through the court system. Emphasizing leadership development and community service, YouthBuild creates a positive peer group to compete with the lure of the streets while developing new young leaders who have transcended poverty in America’s poorest communities. In 30 years, 84,000 students have built 18,000 units of affordable housing and have transformed their lives and communities.

Easy, Odorless Worm Bins: Build or Buy?

First, know this ::

1/3 of all methane emissions come from rotting organic matter in our landfills.

Mother nature takes 500 to 1,000 years to produce one inch of topsoil or humus. Earthworms, under a stand of trees where leaves drop and animals stand for shade, can produce on inch of humus in five years!

So no matter what you have to do to avoid throwing away organic matter…compost bins, wormeries, even buying your waste…let’s get everyone we can on board! This video below…is hilarious and shows you how you can have a worm bin for very little money. It’s not ideal…mostly because sorting out the worms with this type bin is a time consuming pain, but it’s better than nothing. Our favorite worm bins have stacks or trays so that as the organic matter gets digested, the worms just move up. Yes, there are a few worms who just don’t like to move up, and some lovely worm egg cocoons…but it is way more segregated and will save you hours to purchase a stack version for about $40 more dollars. The one we have in our basement this winter is the Can-O-Worms and it has handled the organic kitchen waste from a very vegetable-eating family of 4. And you can see…. our worms are really happy!

So without further adieu…How to build your own worm bin, and why, from The Environmentalists!

And this from the Worm Guy…explaining why we each need to adopt a pro-active response to our organic waste…

People Powered Machines in April “Food and Wine” Issue

Page 32:

A customer just called and said that we were mentioned on page 32 of April’s “Food and Wine” issue. Evidently a previous customer bought a Sun-Mar 400 Continuous Compost Unit from us. The previous customer speaks highly of the experience with the unit.

Sun-Mar 400:

The Sun-Mar Continuous Compost maker is a large unit which has a 100 gallon capacity. It is excellent for kitchen scraps and cut-up material from the garden. It is 36″ high, 42″ long, 28″ deep and weighs 60 pounds.

sunmar composter

Reel Mower Historian with old Brill

imgp0077Reel Mower Historian: At the Turf Show I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Ricci who is an historian of reel mowers. At the show he had reel mowers from the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and more. The reel mower from Germany is the Brill which Jim is standing next too.

Collecting Publishings: Jim is looking to collect published pieces about reel mowers from around the globe and back in time. If anyone comes across this information please contact me.

Sunlawn’s Ideal Reel Mower Cuts from .5″ to 3″

UPDATE TO POST : Sunlawn Mower Reel Mower Brand Taken over by Easun


Just off the press. We have been waiting on specs for the new Ideal Reel Mower and here they are ::

The new 2009 model of  Sunlawn‘s Ideal reel lawn mower cuts from .5″ to 3″. The Ideal has larger improved wheels and its ten inch rubber wheels can now cut Bermuda. The Ideal is the new version of the LMM40 which we presently sell. The Ideal should be in stock  in late April.

Sunlawn Ideal 40 rear view

Sunlawn 2009 Ideal Mower

Redesigned and re-engineered, the Sunlawn Ideal 40 reel mower has 10″ rubber wheels and cuts from .5″ to 3″.