Re: [gardeners] Pinetree

Liz Albrook (
Fri, 30 Jan 1998 19:21:55 +0000

George Shirley <> wrote:

> >Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY
> >
> >
> How does it handle heavy loam covered with San Augustine grass?

It won't.  It didn't even handle heavy loam covered with my much less 
dense than St. Aug blue and fescue mixed grass.  It was grass clumps 
that launched it into space.  

If you have a finely tilled bed a mantis is okay but it really throws 
dirt around.  

Oh, one thing you should know -- you provide the resistance for the 
Mantis to "dig in".  They tell you that you should use it like a 
vacuum and that it is on the back stroke that it tills.  In other 
words, you let it run ahead then you pull it back.  You are providing 
the force and the pressure is on your lower back.  I couldn't walk 
after using it.  I also can't walk after using a string trimmer in 
case you need some idea of how "sensitive" my back is.

My el cheapo, front-tine Sears doesn't put *any* stress on my back.  
It has enough weight and a depth bar to provide resistance.