It really won’t mow itself – Where to get the tools?

johnboy 16 December 2008 50

There’s no shortage of emos around here, and both Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama have been elected.

Despite all this the lawn stubbornly refuses to mow itself. The landlord is getting antsy and the housemates can offer no guarantees that nasty things do not lurk in the tall grass.

So I need a brush-cutter, a petrol one.

Any recommendations on where to hire one?

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wishuwell wishuwell 9:11 am 18 Dec 08

How about endangered grassland threatened by increased flight path noise pollution.

Thumper Thumper 9:06 am 18 Dec 08

Or release a few legless lizard and declare it an endangered grassland….

wishuwell wishuwell 8:48 am 18 Dec 08

Why not leave it as it is and use it as a drop off point for Revolve.

MWF MWF 9:06 pm 17 Dec 08

Don’t buy anything Bosch. IIRC they have just retrenched a couple of hundred Aussie employees. Make Bosch suffer.

Aussie Junk and Revolve are great for getting stuff cheap. Canberrans chuck out too much good stuff imho. That said, my backyard looks like that and I am the landlord. My mower has died. Where can I get it fixed for a very cheap price? Anyone?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:01 pm 17 Dec 08

So THAT’S where you’ve been JB?! I could tell this jet was flying without a pilot over the last little while!

caf caf 12:57 pm 17 Dec 08

My ex-housemate used a Samurai sword when the lawn got too out of hand.

johnboy johnboy 12:52 pm 17 Dec 08

Thanks all, in the end a friend has lent me a Ryobi brushcutter which has done a sterling job.

half the job done today, will hack the other half tomorrow.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:53 am 17 Dec 08

Can I just say…don’t buy Bosch – anything! I’ve never had much luck with Bosch stuff, and most recently I bought a sander out of desperation and it’s busted after only a few hours of use! Yes, it has a 2 year warranty, but it needs to be returned to the factory – and that ain’t gonna help me get my project finished in time for Christmas.

Regardless, I hate having to return something which is pretty much brand new, it sucks!

farnarkler farnarkler 10:36 am 17 Dec 08

Hehehehe good one. How about a few crop circles??

Thumper Thumper 10:34 am 17 Dec 08

How about cutting a white horse into it like Uffington?

farnarkler farnarkler 10:28 am 17 Dec 08

Have yourself a mini Glastonbury festival and get everyone to pitch their tents on the grass.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 10:26 am 17 Dec 08

God , if i were the landlord i’d be spewing.

Why? If the tenant lets it get this way, recover the cost of fixing it from the bond and/or your landlord’s insurance as they leave. And as long as the tenant is paying the rent on time, who really cares? It’s not like you have to live there!

caf caf 10:14 am 17 Dec 08

You could host the next Backyard Bachanalia and have it trampled into submission.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:18 am 17 Dec 08

I bought a petrol GMC brush cutter a couple of years ago for $89, and I think they are still the same price.

Might be hard at the moment as GMC are in receivership apparently. So I’d avoid buying anything GMC until they work out what they are doing. Otherwise, they sell pretty good cheap kit.

I’d recommend getting a decent petrol jobby JB.. Something like a Stihl for $250 – $299 for the 2 bottom level ones. At least you know you won’t have any trouble with it half way through, or in a years time even.

H1NG0 H1NG0 9:13 am 17 Dec 08

In an old place I rented, grass would grow really high down the side of the house. One day I went and borrowed a whipper snipper, cut it down as much as I could and bought a couple of bottles of zero and doused the whole area. It didn’t start growing back until about a year later. Highly reccommended.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:04 am 17 Dec 08

It’s not THAT bad! I’ve mowed worse in my time.

Walk around and pick up the obvious items, then call Jim’s Mowing and let them take care of the rest. Easy.

dexi dexi 11:51 pm 16 Dec 08

Six goats would clean the yard in a day. They would also eat all your trees branches three feet off the ground. They especially love roses.

Madman Madman 11:34 pm 16 Dec 08

You could also sign up to the Freecycle Canberra email list and pick yourself up a free one to keep if someone happens to be offering one.

I have seen a few lately.

ant ant 11:26 pm 16 Dec 08

What’s so precious there that a goat could do any damage? The rent a goat idea is a good one. I reckon a lot of people would like to borrow a goat, and a peg and tether.

Danman Danman 8:14 pm 16 Dec 08

BTW – that looks pretty lame compared to my lawn when I got back from OS. Did somebody say 4ft weeds?

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