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If I leave a lawn to grow long, presumably my only option for cutting it are strimming, scything or a power scythe? 


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,866

    I think you are right.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • leave it untill next  year,it wont grow much more and you ll end up with  a bigger mess.

  • JordyJordy Posts: 7

    Quickest and safest option would be to buy a good powerful preferably petrol strimmer. After that try to remove as much grass from the lawn as possible with a rake of a blower as leaving long grass clippings on the lawn looks horrible and promotes moss and Thatch! Leicester Gardening

  • Is it just a normal garden lawn or a meadow? How tall is the grass?

    If it's just normal long grass (foot tall or foot and a half), I'd just mow it on the highest lawn mower setting. Cut it once, collect the grass, then cut again at 90 degresss to the first cut. It might look choppy, but it will recover.

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    I use a scythe. It's great and very fast. 

  • We will have this problem, the grass is so high it has fallen over, however we have a big enough plot of land that we can get a tractor and silage cutter in! 

  • del 12del 12 Posts: 21

    hi there run a garden maintenance services best advice to you is leave it till next year then raise the lawn mower up to highest so u are cutting and take it down little each time over the weeks of cutting we not cut since September/October because making to much mess plus will give the lawn a bit of frost protection should we get a hard one  you can also bye or hire {depending on how often and how much land}  a machine what has a strimmer head at the front and is based on wheels so u can push it along like a mower 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,323

    Of  course, an Allen Scythe was the way that long grass in orchards etc used to be cut, if it wasn't being used for grazing.

    Seems they're a bit too lethal to be made any more - too many missing fingers!

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