One of the biggest challenges in keeping your property well-maintained is trying to mow underneath trees. Even just the thought of getting a mower underneath those branches to cut those weeds, tall grass and brush can be daunting. After all, there are a number of hurdles to clear so you can mow underneath trees.

For one thing, those overhanging branches can make it tough to get you and your mower in under the trees to mow. A lawn tractor, which often has a high center of gravity, can make it uncomfortable or even dangerous for you to get in to mow underneath trees. With branches snagging you or your mower, it may not even be worth thinking about using a riding lawn tractor with an attachment or riding lawn mower.

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Low-hanging branches can make it a hassle to mow underneath trees.

Common Problems with Mowing Underneath Trees

Can’t get in to mow underneath trees with a lawn tractor? Why not just use a walk behind finish mower or even smaller riding lawn mower? Those may not be the answer either. Areas under trees usually have roots coming up out of the ground. They may also have other hard objects like stumps and rocks. All told, these hard obstacles would wreak havoc on your finishing mower’s blade, spindle and shaft, not to mention the transmission.

What about a walk behind brush mower, then? You’re getting closer. The walk behind brush mower certainly could be a better option. As a walk behind, they may make it easier for you to get in under the trees. They also have heavy duty blades, spindles and transmissions that are built for mowing in fields. They are much better equipped to deal with the roots, stumps and rocks you could encounter when you mow under trees.

However, one thing you need to think about is the turns you need to take. When you mow underneath trees you need to make tight turns to mow around those trees. Many walk behind brush mowers don’t have turn assists. This makes having to turn them strenuous. That in turn, makes it almost a full-body workout to mow under trees. If you don’t want to make yourself exhausted, you will want to look for a mower that is built to help you turn.

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When you mow underneath trees, make sure you use a mower that you can turn without effort.

Our Recommendations for Mowing Underneath Trees

So what is the perfect mower to mow underneath trees? As mentioned above, you will want to want a mower that you can turn without using all of your strength. With the rocks and roots, it will be great to have a mower with a heavy duty blade system and transmission to help you get your job done. It wouldn’t hurt for that mower to have flail or fall away blades either. That way, your blades will “bounce” off the hard objects without trying to mow them. If you are going to try to mow under trees with a ride on mower, you’ll want all of these features plus a machine that has a low profile. That way you can get underneath those branches.

Where do we go from here? Well, we have a few recommendations.

The Cyclone Flail Mower

Our Cyclone flail mower is a great option when you need to mow underneath trees. The flail blades will fall away from hard objects. Since there are 38 of them doing the work, they will mulch your tall grass, brush and weeds. They won’t leave any blades of grass left standing either. The Cyclone includes both a wheeled and a track option for increased traction. Both the track and the wheel type include turn assist, which makes it so much easier to mow under trees. Click here to learn more about our Cyclone Flail Mower.

The Cyclone Flail mower makes it easier for you to mow underneath trees. And it gives you a great mulching cut.

The Cyclone Flail mower makes it easier for you to mow underneath trees., and it gives you a great mulching cut.

The Ride-On Brush Rover

If you want to use a ride on mower to mow underneath trees, the Brush Rover is really your best choice. It has a low center of gravity with a wide profile and a ROPS (roll over protection system). This keeps you safe and secure when mowing under branches. It also means you have a 38” cut to get the work done that much faster. The blades are rotary flail blades, and will fall away from hard objects. As a brush cutter, the Rover has a heavy duty center blade and shaft system so it can stand up to the rough conditions underneath trees. With a locking differential to give you added traction and pinion-style steering, you can mow under and around your trees too. To find out more about the Brush Rover, click here.

Want a ride on that gets under trees and gives a great cut? Try the Brush Rover!

Want a ride on that gets under trees and gives a great cut? Try the Brush Rover!

The Samurai Walk-Behind Brush Cutter

The Samurai is a walk behind brush cutter, and it is without question the best walk behind rotary brush cutter to mow underneath trees. The mower pivots on its front wheel when you turn, meaning you don’t have to throw your weight into turning the machine. That front wheel also includes a height adjustment feature, allowing you to mow all kinds of brush and grass. It has hydrostatic drive, giving it variable speed. This makes it easy for you to adjust your speed when turning or going over rough terrain. The differential lock can give you added traction too. Just flip the lever and you’ll have the traction you need to get through bumpy or muddy conditions. Check out the Samurai Walk-Behind Brush Cutter here.

Orec's Samurai Walk Behind Brush Cutter is the best rotary brush cutter when you want to mow underneath trees.

Orec’s Samurai Walk Behind Brush Cutter is the best rotary brush cutter when you want to mow underneath trees.

With so many options out there, it should now be a breeze to mow underneath trees. The grass and brush will be cut down fully, giving you and your family more space to enjoy the area around your property.

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Written by Brett Masker