Mowing meadows by hand is one of the joys of the summer season.

Grass is best cut early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s cool and damp and sward stands up nicely.

When cutting by hand it is best to cut frequently which makes mowing a pleasure rather than a chore, ensures that the grass is at its most nutritious, and encourages biodiversity.

This means that the first cut often needs to be during May or early June before the grass becomes lodged by wind and rain.

It’s also possible to manage lawns with the scythe. Areas can be left to grow longer to provide forage for bees and the grass can be cut when wet.

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