Hand tools for trimming and mowing buying guide
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff120 guides
- Blade length
- Handle length
Scything: an effective solution?
A scythe is the ideal hand tool for tall grasses and small brush! It consists of a long blade, typically 60-90cm, mounted perpendicular to a handle of length 140-180cm.
And what about the sickle?
The sickle is like a little sister to the scythe. Consisting of a short handle and a small curved blade, it lets you cut vegetation even where the scythe cannot go.
It's used in one hand, making it perfect for tight spaces, small areas or for clearing flowerbeds and borders.
What's the best solution for my lawn?
Just as on mechanical models, cutting height is adjustable (often between 2 and 10cm).
Very limited maintenance (just rinsing blades after mowing and occasional lubrication of the mechanical transmission) makes the hand mower the ideal solution for small lawn areas (< 500m2).
In general, grass cuttings are ejected towards the front; however, some recent models have a basket to collect them - perfect for filling your composter!
If used regularly (once or twice a week in high season), a hand mower offers very similar performance to a mechanical mower. You do have to push it along all by yourself though!...
Any final words of advice?
As always when gardening, especially if using sharp cutting tools, get yourself some safety shoes (if possible ankle-high) offering good protection for your feet!
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How to choose your lawn?
How to make compost or mulch?
How to choose your weed killer?
How to choose your soil-working tools?
How to choose your watering cans and sprinklers?
How to choose your tiller?
How to choose your gloves?
How to choose your safety shoes?
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Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff 120 guides écrits
I'm a trained electrician who started off working in large-scale industrial projects. Most of my early career was spent taking on huge electrical installations. I like to think that no job is too big for me, and after all the experience I'd gained, I started managing teams of electricians.
I like to learn on the job, so around ten years ago, I moved into building and construction. As a site manager, I've overseen the building of small residences, sport facilities, and even theatres!
Working with my hands is something I love to do in my free time as well. For four years now, I've been restoring our home in the Welsh countryside. I even built a conservatory for my wife, who loves watching the sheep behind our house.
Whether it's patios, interior design, roofing, plumbing or electricity - I love giving it all a go! I've even made my family DIY converts and together we've built almost everything we have from scratch. My experience, both in the field and in my workshop, has taught me a lot and I'm happy to share what I've learned. No matter how big or small your project is, I'm here to answer your questions and help you choose the right tools and equipment.