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jeisenbe 08-17-12 09:05 AM

Lawn mowing service by bike in NE Portland?
 
My new house in the Hollywood district of northeast Portland has a lawn, and my landlord wants it mowed frequently. I don't really want to buy a mower, but I don't want to hire a law service that hauls everything around by pickup and uses gasoline mowers.

Is there any bike-based mowing service in Portland? I heard there are a couple across the river in Vancouver. Or do you know any local youth in the neighborhood who might be interested in a weekend job?

Joseph

jeisenbe 08-18-12 12:21 PM

Is this guy still in business?
http://www.ecofriend.com/entry/fossi...ue-eco-spirit/

Wait For Me 08-18-12 12:25 PM

Are you SERIOUS???

c23 08-18-12 02:39 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df5M7iED-AI

jeisenbe 08-18-12 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by c23 (Post 14622492)

Okay, the video promotes human-powered lawnmowers. That's fine for a flat lawn, but mine has a steep grade and is pretty lump due to prior poor maintenance.

I'm often busy and don't want to spend an hour or two, mowing by hand, especially when it can be raining much of the spring and fall. And I can afford a lawn service. So I want to hire someone to do it, but I'd like to promote someone in Portland who is doing a bike-based business. It should be cheaper to haul around a mower and a few tools by bike, even accounting for the extra travel time. And I know someone was promoting just this sort of business at North Portland Sunday Parkways this summer, so it's available, I just don't know who to call.

Jeff Wills 08-19-12 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by jeisenbe (Post 14622851)
Okay, the video promotes human-powered lawnmowers. That's fine for a flat lawn, but mine has a steep grade and is pretty lump due to prior poor maintenance.

I'm often busy and don't want to spend an hour or two, mowing by hand, especially when it can be raining much of the spring and fall. And I can afford a lawn service. So I want to hire someone to do it, but I'd like to promote someone in Portland who is doing a bike-based business. It should be cheaper to haul around a mower and a few tools by bike, even accounting for the extra travel time. And I know someone was promoting just this sort of business at North Portland Sunday Parkways this summer, so it's available, I just don't know who to call.

BikePortland.org is where to start. Post a note on the forums and see what turns up. I bet Jonathon Maus knows who you're talking about.

I'd do it myself, but I'm old and feeble. I just upgraded from a push to an electric to take care of my little piece o' heaven.

Lije Baley 08-24-12 03:50 PM

This sounds like a skit for "Portlandia." I think Jeff has it right. Get an electric mower. Our little rural county has an occasional subsidy for turning in your gas mower (mine was worthless, but the subsidy was not). Not only your landlord, but, I'll bet, your neighbors would like you to mow that weed patch before small children are lost in it.

I'm trying to imagine the guy with a rope around the handles of his push mower attached to his seat post as he crosses Portland's bridges to reach your lawn.:giver:

markjenn 08-24-12 03:58 PM

I lawn mowing business where one hauls the mower (presumably a hand mower) around by bicycle? Are there folks who actually do such a thing?

- Mark

Seattle Forrest 08-24-12 04:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Lije Baley (Post 14648960)
Not only your landlord, but, I'll bet, your neighbors would like you to mow that weed patch before small children are lost in it.

People need to use a better ground-cover than grass. One that's more drought resistant, and one that doesn't grow big enough for children to get lost in, or to need mowing.

Quote:

Originally Posted by markjenn (Post 14648991)
I lawn mowing business where one hauls the mower (presumably a hand mower) around by bicycle? Are there folks who actually do such a thing?

No. They're much more creative than that.

http://media.treehugger.com/assets/i...ke-mower-1.jpg

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...EoLZuA3w2eD7Rg

http://www.youcanbikethere.com/sites...68%20crop.jpeg

It's even available as a recumbent, for people in Oregon.

Lije Baley 08-25-12 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest (Post 14649086)
People need to use a better ground-cover than grass. One that's more drought resistant..



No. They're much more creative than that.

http://media.treehugger.com/assets/i...ke-mower-1.jpg


It's even available as a recumbent, for people in Oregon.


And the gardener gets to the job-site how? Assuming any of those contraptions actually work, they'll require something with a motor to haul them.

While climate change may impact the Northwest, of all the areas in the country, it would seem to be the last place one would worry about whether plants were "drought resistant."

LesterOfPuppets 08-25-12 02:03 PM

I did it for a couple of months up here in Vancouver. Lawnmower lashed to rear rack with bungees and line trimmer lashed to mower with 2 more bungees.

Was centered in downtown Van but lost storage space for mowers. Might start back up covering Hazel Dell/Orchards but I figure only about 2 months of mowing season left, so we'll see.

There was one other guy based in downtown Van if I see him again, I'll let ya know if he'd consider crossing the bridge. What are your major crossroads?

I'd like to start up next year specializing in small lawns cut with reel mower so I can go even greener. Maybe score a good electric for larger lots. Go for the fossil fuel free setup like on that page.


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