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How to reduce an overgrown lawn to stubble in less than three hours

During the renovation our lawnmower has been at our rental house. Without regular mowing a large part of our garden and former lawn quickly became overgrown (perhaps due to alternating warmth and rain for the last six months as the drought has broken).  Besides joking with our favourite and tolerant neighbours, and one feeble attempt with two different line trimmers to slash it back, I have let it go untamed.  Access has been complicated for a while with construction materials and waste along the edge, but our builder actually removed most of it about two months ago....

We are scheduled to move back in next week, so today I make one serious attempt to remove the problem.  Our fear has been of snakes and mice, particularly if it died back to a tangle of dead grass in February and March.  We noted that our chicken was happily walking through it, so snakes do not seem to be a problem right now.

Two thirds to go
After spending the morning searching for reasonably priced Blundstone steel cap boots to replace my last pair, at midday I hired a brush cutter from Kennards Hire on Nepean Highway, Moorabbin.  I first tried Bayway Hire on Bay Road, Highett, but they advised they had nothing suitable for tall grass.

Within two to three hours, and three tanks of two stroke I reduced our overgrown lawn/jungle to long stubble.  In the former garden beds I came across a stump that Kenny obviously missed.  However the brushcutter made short work of its regrowth and I will have to dig out the stump later.

One last lump of long grass remains, near the fence.  Unfortunately it is a roll of unused chicken wire that I was silly enough to leave lying in the garden.  I will have to pull it out and throw it in the skip before I can cut the grass down around it.  At the moment, long grass is growing through it.

I have already cut the grass down in the chicken run, under the lemon tree, which Lola seemed to appreciate.  When she (and Charlie) were young chickens they kept the area totally weed free. We are planning to get a few more chickens later in the year because we miss the fresh eggs every day.

Tomorrow I will spend a few more hours with the brush cutter clearing out a few more overgrown corners.  I have to be careful near objects because the steel blades of the brush cutter cause much more damage than the cord of a line trimmer.

PS: Big W seems to have the cheapest Blundstone boots ($79/pair) but had pretty well sold out.  I tried a place at DFO Cheltenham, but their Redback boots were about $30 to $40 a pair more expensive.  I then went to RSEA on Cochranes Road, Moorabbin and paid about $90/pair.


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