I've got a battle raging with about 1.5ha (4 acres) of grass. So far, the grass is winning.
Scattered through the grounds there are a few old buildings, multiple fruit trees and many berry bushes. In days long past this used to be a part of a sprawling farm, but these days it's just me and my family who go there for summer weekends. Mostly every other weekend, really. For one day. Umm... yeah, this isn't looking too good. Our interest is to keep it from overgrowing entirely, but we're not going to be doing any actual gardening soon. The apples and gooseberries are nice though.
So I need to combat the grass which is growing faster than I can mow it down. I have a regular petrol powered lawnmower but that stops being effective in tall grass. We also have a schyte and a rudimentary skill in using it, but that stops being effective for such a large area. Or at least it gets pretty tiring.
So I'm thinking about a grass trimmer, but I'm not sure what to pick.
Electric trimmers seem pretty neat - cheap, simple, lightweight, no mess, low maintenance, nature friendly, etc. But how to get the power?
If it's a corded trimmer, I estimate I need an extension cord of about 100m. That in and of itself is tricky. But even if I could pull that off, how easy would it actually be to maneuver around with all that cord? Has anyone ever done this and can confirm whether this is feasible or not?
If it's a cordless trimmer, the engine power drops dramatically (about 1/3 of that of a corded one) and the estimated mowing time is only about 30-40 minutes. Now, they do say that they can charge in about 1.5 hours, so maybe if I got 4 batteries to exchange... But still, the tiny engine power makes me weary. How good are cordless electrical trimmers in practice?
I could, of course, opt for a petrol type. My dad has one and he lent it to me once. It was a 2-stroke engine and required the oil mixing dance which was messy as hell. Not to mention the smoke of a thousand chimneys.
I read that 4-stroke engines are cleaner, but they seem to be getting pretty pricey already, and some that I found also used the oil-mixing trick rather than a separate lubricant.
If I choose a petrol-powered trimmer, how to pick one?
I'd also prefer a metal blade rather than the plastic string spool, I think, because I suspect it is easier in everyday use (don't need to extend the cord every 10 minutes), has an overall greater cutting power, and doesn't litter the garden with tiny pieces of plastic. But I'd like to hear other opinions on this.
My budget would be... well, not enough for a lawnmower tractor. Besides, a tractor wouldn't be able to maneuver between the bushes anyway. Up to 200€ would be nice, but I suppose I can stretch it to 400€, if it's for a good cause.
I'm also open for other ideas. (Except for selling the land. It's been in the family for generations; too much sentimental value there)