Ouessants are wonderful woolly lawnmowers. But our tiny sheep can struggle to keep up when the grass is growing at its fastest in the early summer and might need a hand from a paddock topper.
This is not an advertisement, but my (or rather my other half’s) experience of this particular scythe mower.
First of all we will set out the Pros and Cons
Cuts though long grass, as long as its not damp or wet. even then it will cut the grass, but leaves it all a bit soggy.
Cuts through brambles
Has a skid plate under the front to stop the blades digging into the ground, this skid can be adjusted within a 2″ range.
Petrol 4 stroke.
Shakes the arms quite a bit, but you get used to that.
If the grass is over 6″ you may need to cut again in the opposite direction.
Does not cut lower than two inches. But that’s usually achieved the desired effect anyway
No reverse gear
Needs to be greased and oiled when finished which takes about 10 mins.
As the width of the blades are 87cm wide, access between gateposts etc need to be wider than that.
Reasonably priced at about just under £800
We have found this to be the right animal for the job for our purpose which is to top the long grass down so the sheep are much happier eating grass at this lower level, the cut grass we make hay from it is hard work, turning the hay etc. but very worthwhile, but of course you can put the cut grass on the compost or whatever.
Using the scythe mower does take a bit of technique as far as the time you take passing over the grass, coping with uneven ground,
Operating it is fairly easy, but you must be aware of wire fences because of the width of the blades which are 87cm wide, when delivered we had to carry it across our neighbour’s garden as it wouldn’t go through our standard garden gate. I’m sure it will be used many times.
There are many other makes out there, mostly more expensive
Author: Marie Clarke