Does anyone here use a scythe instead of a lawn mower?
I have a +or - 2 acre piece around the house that I have kept mowed with a 18" push mower in the past and with work, family, and a small farm I just can't do it anymore. It's purpose is a multi- purpose yard and free range chicken pasture. I'm at the point that I feel I need a riding mower or a scythe and some sheep.
When scythes were the dominant way of harvesting grain, an average time to cut an acre was one day for one average worker. So you could plan on spending two days to mow your lawn each time it was needed. If you have sheep in there, it could be much less because you would just be coming through to cut down what the don't eat to avoid getting wolfy plants.
I use an American pattern scythe to mow about 1/10 acre. It takes me about thirty minutes each time it needs to be mowed.
A scythe is not fast at mowing lawn grass. Hay and weeds, yes. There needs to be a stem to provide resistance to the blade.
Sheep, goats, small cow all could keep it mowed with some fence and work. May trim your trees for you, too, whether they need it or not.
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It's not that it's to hard. It's more of there is only so many hours in the day and so many other things that my units of energy need devoted to before grass cutting grass.
posted 5 years ago
I understand there just isn't enough hours in the day. I imagine a scythe would take longer.
When driving through Lancaster, PA it's not uncommon to see Amish woman and children pushing old reel mowers across enormous plots of land.. Just a thought.
I have one of fiskars models and love it.
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