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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
1. I'm in the Dallas area. Can I just drop by and take a look at or pick up one of your products?
Unfortunately, no. Although we run an office in our Dallas warehouse, we do not keep many of our products stored here, so there wouldn't be much to see if you came by.

2. Are reel mowers (non-motorized push mowers) hard to push?

No! Modern reel mowers are not at all hard to push. The Brill Luxus 38 weighs just 17 pounds, and the Scotts Classic weighs just 34 pounds. Compare that to more than 70 pounds for a gasoline powered lawnmower. Although you are powering the blades yourself by pushing the mower, the lighter weight offsets the difference.

3. Which is better, the Scotts or the Brill reel mower?
Both the Scotts and the Brill are excellent quality reel mowers. We considered dozens of different models before deciding to only sell these two. The Brill has the advantages of lighter weight and a longer sharpening interval. The Scotts has the advantages of a lower cost and higher maximum cutting height. Both do an excellent job cutting the grass.

4. The Scotts comes with an optional sharpening kit but the Brill does not. Why?

The Brill has a different "silent-cut" blade design and harder metal blade. The Brill blade has a flat edge that is not supposed to be sharp like a knife. You adjust the blades on the Brill using a wrench rather than sharpen it like a reel mower that does not have the silent cut type of design.

5. Are there any disadvantages to using a reel mower?
There are a few challenges to using a reel mower. Reel mowers are not designed to cut tall weeds. They will simply roll over them without cutting. They are also not ideal if you let your grass grow for several weeks without cutting, because they can become difficult to push through overgrown grass. Sticks can also stop the blade from turning, so picking up debris first is recommended. If you have a well maintained lawn and are mowing every 1 to 1 1/2 weeks, a reel mower is a great choice.

6. Do I need a grasscatcher?

It depends. For the health of your lawn, we recommend leaving the clippings on the lawn. They usually disappear in a day or two. However, if you're very picky about how your lawn looks, or you collect the clippings for composting, a grasscatcher is a good idea.

7. Why should I compost?

Composting is the single best way of improving the health or your lawn and garden. Artificial chemical fertilizer is a short term solution that is not particularly good for the groundwater or environment. Compost, on the other hand, is the end product of a natural biological process that turns leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps into a dark, biologically active, nutrient-rich and odorless soil conditioner. It's also very easy to get started composting with any of our compost bins.

8. Can't I just build my own compost bin?
Certainly! But the real question is, will you? Our bins are all easy to assemble and have good capacity without taking up too much space. They are an attractive addition to your back yard, unlike some of the uglier homemade compost bins we've seen. Our composters are designed to speed up the composting process and they do an excellent job.

9. Do you have a catalog?

No, catalogs are very expensive to create and distribute, and not to mention not very eco-friendly. Our full line of products is always up to date on the web site, and it is the best way to shop at Clean Air Gardening.

Still have questions? We answer email within one business day, and usually the same day. A real live person will read your email and send you a response. And of course, you are always welcome to call on the phone.