21 August 2019 at 3:57 am #601292
A question for the tool people about cutting complicated fibers and, probably, dirt.
My 20′ deep backyard abuts a 4 acre forest that was recently ‘slashed and burned’. The resulting invasive weeds (the super aggressive kind found in US zone 8b) at the margin of this erstwhile forest now encroach into the mulched beds around the expensive trees I had planted (by an average yet expensive landscaping company) one foot from the property line to screen out said destruction.
I tried to cut a sort of barrier into the weeds down in the drainage ditch area, but they recently destroyed my ‘weed-eater’ string trimmer. Now, the weeds are completely surrounding the trees and are amassing for an assault on our house and grounds.
I am contemplating an older and more mature tool, like a scythe or a sickle, to remove weeds without killing my trees, but I am concerned that the swing radius for these tools will be challenging in the confined 1′ space between the trees and the property line (I don’t want to kill my trees or get sued for chopping down things across the property line – though I am not averse to discreet chopping across the line as it is currently completely untended).
Do any of ye have experience with or advice regarding such tools and/or landscaping nightmares?
.21 August 2019 at 5:48 am #601319CraigParticipant
Pull weeds up by the roots.
SW Pennsylvania22 August 2019 at 8:01 pm #601772Dave RingParticipant
I’d use a weed whip, also known as a grass whip or sling blade. Classic hand tool.
Dave25 August 2019 at 9:40 am #602505Richard CrockfordParticipant
If they’re really tough, try a mattock?28 August 2019 at 7:28 pm #603559
Mmm hmmm…aright then…I reckon I’ll go get one them Kaiser blades.
(the lady in your video mowed down more in 20 seconds than the string trimmer did in 20 minutes)
I used to have one, from a hardware store, with a tempered serrated steel blade, a bit flimsy. Maybe I can find an old one that can be sharpened.
@Craig – tried those methods. Slowed the invaders down but didn’t stop them.
@Richard – not mattock territory, at least on my side of the line, but plenty of invasive trees on the other side.
.28 August 2019 at 9:38 pm #603598Larry GeibParticipant
Get a Scythe. It’s been the most efficient hand tool for clearing a field for 4,000 years.
You can take classes in sharpening and use, which usually involves clearing the host’s field, and you pay for the privilege.
An if you dress like this people will give you a wide berth.
You must be logged in to access attached files.29 August 2019 at 4:26 pm #603831
The space is a bit tight for a large mowing scythe (with new landscape trees as obstacles), and the weeds a mixture of woody stems and grass, but maybe a scythe with a ‘bush blade’ would work. Making the curved handle apparatus would certainly be an advanced woodworking project.
.29 August 2019 at 6:19 pm #603863Larry GeibParticipant
They will clear brush.
Making the curved handle apparatus would certainly be an advanced woodworking project.
…or an introductory steam bending project.
One I had 40 years ago was hickory that was clearly steam bent. When I moved into town it went to somebody who could better make use of it. The ‘field’ at my current residence is about 10’x20’.
As far as I know, the scythe is still being used.25 September 2019 at 10:59 am #611918Dave HutchinsParticipant
Have you tried a weed wacker with a circular saw blade? I rent one every few years because the briars on the unkept land that abutts our property start to take over parts of the yard that don’t get used much26 September 2019 at 10:05 pm #612443Dave RingParticipant
If the stuff is too thick for a weed whip, you could use a machete. (Kinda hard on the back, though.)
Dave1 October 2019 at 10:45 pm #6140346 October 2019 at 8:40 am #615407Flemming AabergParticipant
Looks like my bad day of golf13 October 2019 at 2:56 pm #617568AlanParticipant
I find it difficult to take advice from that guy in the video who thinks its a good idea to take a hapless little toddler and his dog scything with him in the long grass.
Idiot + Scythe = Lost legs.
I’d give him a wide berth.
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