Lawnmowers have grown in popularity in recent decades for a variety of reasons. They are extremely efficient since they can trim lawn grass over a wide area in a matter of minutes.
Another advantage of lawnmowers is that you do not always have to push them; some can propel themselves across a large lawn by themselves, saving you energy and time.
Nevertheless, lawnmowers can also be a nuisance, especially if you have a small yard where a large gas or electric lawnmower would be difficult to maneuver. Lawnmowers might also be inconvenient if you don’t have an adequate storage room because they are always large and unwieldy.
Another thing to consider is the amount of ozone gas they emit into the atmosphere, which is why some people may prefer to cut their lawn grass by hand with portable equipment.
In this article, we will discuss a few techniques to mow your lawn in a unique and uncommon manner. Also, this information will come in handy if your lawnmower breaks down while the grass in your yard and garden is too tall to ignore.
Using A String Trimmer
If you don’t have enough space in your yard for a lawnmower, a string trimmer is a perfect alternative. Because they are thin and tall, they are significantly easier to store than a lawnmower. Best of all, the vast majority of string trimmers now have a cordless, battery-powered alternative for convenience.
Even with an electric drop wire, it may be easier to use than a lawnmower. The key here is to have an extension cord long enough to cover the length of your yard; having to unplug and replug anytime you run out of cord may be a tremendous nuisance.
The most important thing to remember while trimming your grass is to make sure it is absolutely dry. If it has rained, wait until the grass has dried before cutting it. The same can be said about the all-too-common morning dew. If the grass is moist, the cut will be clumpy and uneven. If at all possible, avoid dampness.
When you first start, your stance and grip are crucial. Find the approach that is most comfortable for you in order to achieve an even cut all the way through. Begin by just making contact with the grass with the trimmer’s head and making a few side-to-side motions. When you’re confident in your stride, you may walk through the grass, covering larger areas as you go.
This is can be one of the easiest ways to mow your lawn in the absence of a lawnmower, but this approach has two disadvantages. The first is that it will take longer to complete the task because the area covered by each swipe is not nearly as large as the one you can cover with a lawnmower.
The second issue is that your grass clippings will fly in all directions. Even though emptying a mower bag is inconvenient, at least the grass ends up in one spot. When you use a trimmer, it kicks the grass all over the place, making the cleanup time longer.
Give A Scythe A Try
If a trimmer is not available, a scythe is another reasonably simple technique to effectively cut the grass. Of course, this is something that many people do not have lying around, but it is quite inexpensive to purchase and utilize. This is a significantly more labor-intensive option that is done entirely by hand.
If you are wondering what a scythe is, think of the grim reaper and you’ll get the idea.
Scythes are constructed with a large metal blade at the end of a long handle that is swung back and forth to cut grass or weeds. To use a scythe, just grab the handle and swing it horizontally in a fluid manner.
This is a method used even by people who have a lawnmower, due to its convenience to cut down larger weeds or grass that are difficult to mow with a standard lawnmower. Of course, a scythe can be hazardous if you aren’t careful and haven’t used one before. If you do decide to use it, you’ll want to wield the scythe cautiously, smoothly, and effectively, as this can be strenuous on the body.
Get A Shear
Shears are another alternative if you have free time, but they are only to be considered if you have a smaller yard. This cutting procedure is time-consuming but incredibly exact. Shears are huge scissors that you will need to grasp with both hands. You’ll also need knee pads because you’ll be kneeling the entire time you’re working. If you lack a good amount of patience, you might want to avoid this strategy.
But if you think you can manage the task, make sure to hold the highly sharp pair of scissors parallel to the lawn as you walk ahead cutting the grass. It will take a good amount of time to cut all the grass, but the concentration required for this process might prove to be beneficial to your health.
The Old Fashion Scissors
If you don’t have shears and need to trim a small area quickly, scissors can be an option. If you have an old pair of dependable scissors lying around, you can use them to cut your grass. Of course, you won’t want to do this for an acre-sized yard, but a tiny area of your yard can be trimmed in this manner.
Using scissors, like shears, can be physically taxing, but they do the job. To achieve a more even appearance, you can use scissors in addition to some of our other ways. They’re also useful for getting rid of a small patch of weeds or tall grass.
If you don’t have a standard string trimmer, a hedge trimmer is a fantastic alternative. Many landscaping companies use hedge trimmers to cut down bushes and shrubbery or to maintain landscaping. This is comparable to a chainsaw and can cut down big amounts of shrubs.
Nonetheless, it can be a very effective means of cutting your grass. It will, however, take some practice, just like with the trimmer, to ensure that your cut is exactly where you want it to be. Swinging wildly to cut the grass is good, but you’re unlikely to get anything approximating an even cut.
Safety is also of paramount importance here. Always be wary of your surroundings when using this item, since it can easily cut through electrical lines and other materials. Keep an eye on your surroundings and keep everything out of the way of the hedge trimmer.
The nicest part is that you can mow the grass and trim the bushes and shrubs all at once. There will be no more swapping out tools to get the job done when the hedge trimmers can do it all.
Other Rather Unconventional Methods
There are some tactics that are as unconventional as they are amusing, but believe it or not they are used by some people. If you’re an adventurer and don’t mind trying something new, read on.
You could use golf clubs. To mow the long grass, simply swing a stick an inch or two above the ground. Of course, your grass will not be as tidy as you may like after the work is done, and your shoulders may be sore as well, but it could be fun to try.
How about getting some sheep? This is definitely not a solution for everyone, but those with a huge piece of land that they do not wish to maintain with standard mowing can always resort to this option.
Other cattle, such as cows, can also be used, but be prepared to pick up the feces and deal with the smell.
As you can see, it is possible to mow your lawn without using gas mowers, although you will require extra time in most circumstances. The key to most of the approaches outlined above is patience and safety.
However, if you have a smaller yard, several of the ways mentioned in this article may in fact be handier than a traditional gas mower. Decide what works best for you and have fun designing your yard.