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favorite hand tool for cutting bermuda grass?

 
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I'm learning to live with bermuda grass creeping around everywhere and have given up on thinking I'll ever be rid of it so I'm letting it be some places and cutting it others...

I find it the most difficult grass to cut with my scythe, even following Benjamin's suggestions of giving the blade a toothy edge, which did help.  I think it is somewhat easier to scythe when longer and even lodged over a bit?

Of course there's the lawn mower but I don't want everything that short all the time and I'm much more interested in hand tools for the job at the moment.

The best I've done lately is with my grass hook (sickle?), grabbing a handful and cutting bit by bit.

(I think) I am getting the blades well sharpened...it is just such wiry stuff it resists my effort.

any ideas?

Is anyone cutting large areas of bermuda with a scythe? or any other hand tool?

 
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Hi Judith,

I use a Japanese hand sickle for hand trimming around beds, posts, etc... they are very sharp and fairly inexpensive - but sounds like you are talking about broader, more open areas?  Not sure they would work for that without a lot of crawling around!
 
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