I’m really excited to share this post about how to cut grass without a lawn mower with you because it’s something a bit different to what I’ve done before. I have an Austrian meadow side. Last year, I went on a course about how to scythe and I ended up flying my own scythe.
The reason why we’re moving towards scythe is because when we use such things like trimmers and the lawn mower, we have to be dependent upon fuel. But when we’re using scythe, all we need to be dependent upon is the actual energy that we convert from our bodies.
It’s really efficient and something called a swath is the angle or the width that you can cut, using a scythe. With a scythe you can get a nine-foot cut from one end to the other and that is just really effective.
The reason why you will use your scythe is not only to cut down on the dependence upon fossil fuels but it’s also because we can use the grass to make hay.
The thing with using the scythe versus using a trimmer or a lawn mower is that the sight is much easier to control and you can get really close up to the trunk of a tree. And you want to keep the trunk of a tree clear to avoid things like disease and for it to root so that’s why we’re going to use a scythe to go around the tree trunk to clear it.
We can also feed grass to our pigs and also use grass to mulch our vegetable gardens. So we’re basically going to be covering all of that in this short article. But it’s just a bit of an introduction to show you what’s possible with scything and it might spark an idea for you thinking: yes scything might suit me.
So I’ll just show you a little example here because we’re working in Yorkshire at the moment, been cleaning around lots of stems and you just got this nice smooth cutting motion. The scythe cuts really well you do need to sharpen it probably once every 1 to 2 minutes of scything.
But sharpening is really easy and I’ll show you that. I’ve been using the scythe and if you want to clean the grass before you actually sharpen it, just simply grab a load of grass that’s been cut and then you pull it across.
For example, you got a scythe blade that is quite big and then we have a ridge and you simply use this as a guide to sharpen it. Go on to the other side and sharpen it like that so it only takes a few seconds to sharp. Make sure you wear gloves when you do it, because you can get quite a nasty cut because it is basically razor sharp.
Scything really gets me excited about a new way to cut grass that is so enviroment-friendly and money saving. Hope that this will be suitable for you too. Please leave a comment below if you have tried it some times.