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Clearing thick brush and saplings is the primary use for a brush mower. All types of brush mowers should be able to handle thick brush and saplings. Although, you have different options depending on how you want the brush and saplings handled after they have been knocked down. For the purpose of simply clearing brush, the Orec rotary blade Samurai Brush Cutter is an exceptional machine. It is built with a single spinning rotary blade positioned underneath that knocks down brush with ease. The front wheel allows it to be used over rough terrain and be turned without lifting the mower deck. It is these kinds of features that save you precious time and effort.
However, sometimes it is preferable to have the brush broken down and mulched into finer pieces than the Samurai allows. In this case, a flail mower would be a better choice. Orec’s wheeled Cyclone Flail Mower is excellent for this purpose. The flail blades rotate in an “up-cut” motion, which means they catch the whole plant and mulch it while cutting. Flail blades are also great to have in general when brush cutting. This is because sometimes you may not be aware of obstacles hidden in [...]
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What Makes a Meadow or Prairie Better Than a Lawn?
In my previous post, I wrote about some of the advantages to the homeowner of having a meadow or prairie, versus a traditional lawn. Both meadows and prairies (the former have more native grasses and fewer wildflowers than the latter) contain plant life that is native to that region, whereas lawns contain grasses that are known more for their durability than for being local. Because of this difference, meadows and prairies can be friendlier to local animal life by providing shelter and food sources; they are also better able to withstand variances in the weather such as drought and are more resistant to non-native, invasive species of plants such as Ivy. For these reasons, meadows and prairies can be a much simpler, cost-effective and low-maintenance lawn alternative.
Now that we’re familiar with just what makes meadows and prairies such a great lawn alternative, let’s take [...]
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That crisp breeze, the trees alight with fiery orange and yellow leaves, all the football games on television: this is what many of us think of when fall is in the air. However, fall is also the time when many clean up, do their final maintenance on, and put away their field mowers: but not so fast! The truth is, fall is a fantastic time to put your brush clearing equipment to use.
Why Should I Use My Brush Clearing Equipment in the Fall?
With the trend towards self-sustaining fields that are free of any non-native vegetation, many property owners have turned to brush clearing equipment such as rotary brush mowers and flail mowers as a way to rid their fields of non-native plants, vines, and trees. There are numerous advantages to field mowing in fall, not the least of which it can be easier than in summer. With so much foliage coming off of [...]
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So Much Trail Maintenance…
There is quite a bit to be thankful for up here in the Pacific Northwest: great coffee, mild weather (usually), beautiful and varied natural scenery and, of course, a wealth of trails from which to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Whether you are on a mountain bike, in a pair of hiking boots or riding a horse, there are just so many trails to get out and experience nature not only in the Pacific Northwest but all over the country. We are all so truly blessed to have such easy access to nature throughout the entire U.S. Hiking along those miles of open trails up here in Washington, I often wonder how our parks manage to keep them clear through storms that push brush and debris onto the trails, to fallen trees that can block trails entirely. Our national, state and local parks are constantly working at trail maintenance [...]
Using your walk behind or ride-on field mower on a steep slope can be tricky business. The loss of traction and the sense of unease when brush cutting on a slope can make you uncomfortable. What’s more, the pull of gravity downhill along with the added safety risks to you and to the mower make it important to adjust your cutting style when brush mowing on a slope. Safety should always be a consideration when using a field mower but when using a field mower on slopes, it becomes that much more important. Here are some tips on how to stay safe when field mowing on slopes, as well as what to look for in a field mower if you need to cut slopes on a regular basis.
Safety First! Keep You and Your Field Mower from Harm on Slopes
Here are some tips to keep in mind when field mowing on slopes:
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