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Jamanda

So scything

There's various bits of maintenance (sp?) around the commons that I have suggested should be done by scythe. However no-one who does the work can use one - so they use strimmers etc.

So - if someones going to scythe.............

How much is a scythe?
vegplot

Budget between 100 and 180.

http://www.thescytheshop.co.uk/price%20list.html
Jamanda

That's not so bad then.

I'll suggest they buy me one at t'meeting next week.
gil

Excellent ! Very Happy

The area of the Commons, I think eventually you need two folk to mow. Plus raking up and carting away.
Jamanda

Excellent ! Very Happy

The area of the Commons, I think eventually you need two folk to mow. Plus raking up and carting away.


Come and give advice! There's two big areas - one I'm specifically monitoring for bramble encroachment, to avoid hard cutting - very boggy with orchids popping up all over the place in the spring.
gil

Did you ever sort out the summer hay meadow cutting ?
Jamanda

Did you ever sort out the summer hay meadow cutting ?


Not satisfactorally.
Jamanda

I'm sure that's not spelt right. gil

So am I. judith

So am I.

Laughing
Finsky

Have you got any agricultural tool suppliers around near you? I treated myself for a new scythe last summer. My old one is wooden shafted 'turk' scythe..although still in working order..I couldn't walk by when I saw modern version of the same but with metal shaft.. Laughing
I paid around 70 for one with 'bramble' blade and 40(ish) extra for longer grass blade.
I've got telephone number for the wholesaller if you want...or you could try googling if they've got web site.
Its Tony Mitchell Limited..Country Hardware Wholesales.
Cathryn

Good exercise as well. Jamanda

Good exercise as well.

That had occured to me.

Plenty of agricultural suppliers round here Finsky, but I will have a look at the website. Thanks.
arvo

I got the ones from gil's mate (whose name has gone from my head: v. tired) I believe is across the border in Devon?

He does great kit (you definitely want a wooden Austrian scythe, English ones are heavy and 'orrible, as are metal ones) and has a great starter kit with everything in it you need for less than 100 as I remember (may be more now).
vegplot

The Austrian scythes as Arvos says are light and easy to handle.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=austrian+scythe&mid=DD2609ACE467BBC4BE2DDD2609ACE467BBC4BE2D&FORM=LKVR
gil

Simon Fairlie at The Scythe Shop Nicky Colour it green

we got ours from Simon Fairlie too -

you need to get the right size - based on your height - there is some adjustments, but different height people will probably need different scythes. then there are difference blades for different types of cutting.

for most smallholders would probably want a brush cutting blade - good enough to take out brambles etc, but grass mowing, ideally you would have a longer blade.

it is good - really you have sharpened, cut and put it away again long before you would have got the strimmer started Smile - and I personally think it is less effort and you dont have to wear as much gear.
robkb

I joined in with Simon Fairlie's demo in Regent's Park the other week, and quite enjoyed it.

So how practical would it be to use a scythe to mow a small (10 x 15 foot) lawn plus the paths and 'seating area' (6 x 20 foot) at the allotment?
gil

Excellent - I'm glad Simon's demo included taster sessions.

Very practical / easy.

10x15' lawn is smaller than regular competition plots of 5m x 5m.
Even if you are mowing really slowly, that wouldn't take you more than half an hour, including stopping to sharpen the blade, having a rest, etc etc. Possibly even a cuppa. Might take you 4 rows/swathes to cut; maybe three.

6 x 20' is even smaller. You could almost do that in one pass / swathe, if you mowed a 2m swathe.
robkb

Thanks Gil. Taster sessions were good fun, and it's not every day you get to mow part of Regent's Park Laughing

I'm peasantly surprised by your timings - lawn takes me half hour with the electric mower, including raking up the clippings (no grass collecting box). As for the allotment, I've developed a real aversion to my petrol strimmer - too loud, too smelly and too messy - so I reckon a scythe could be the answer.

Time to start saving up!!
gil

Oh, I didn;t include time for raking up and removing. Allow about the same amount of time again - say half an hour for the big bit; 20 mins for the strip.

That's at full hay-style growth/height.

Mmmmm ! Mowing Regents Park ! Am envious !

Glad you enjoyed it ! And your typo is rather good.
robkb

Mmmmm ! Mowing Regents Park ! Am envious !

Glad you enjoyed it ! And your typo is rather good.

I didn't mow that much of it... as it was my first time with a scythe I was more concerned about not cutting my feet off!

As for the raking, the grass never gets to full hay height but I do leave it longer than my neighbours before cutting it (but that said, I'm sure soem of them actually comb their lawns after cutting).

Didn't notice the typo Laughing
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