How to use a scythe to cut weeds and grass

Are you looking for a way how to use a scythe to cut weeds and grass? You have come to the right place- here; we will illustrate everything you need to know to use a scythe for cutting grass. For example, before cutting the grass, you must have a basic knowledge of scythe parts, the right time to mow the grass, sharpen a scythe, etc. 

How to use a scythe to cut weeds and grass

Let’s have a look below to know everything you need to know about cutting grass using a scythe.

Understanding the parts of a scythe

A scythe consists of a blade and a snath (figure 2). The blade parts include edge, heel, back, knob, beard, and neck, whereas the heel, knob, and neck together form a tang (figure 3). An American-style blade doesn’t include a beard; instead, the neck is instantly connected to the blade. Blades are different in length, usually 12 inches to 50 inches long.

The longer blades are helpful for wide-open fields and lawns, while the shorts blades are suitable to work in tight corners and around barriers. Bush blades are usually heavier than grass blades to make up the increased stress pretended by stems and brushes of one or two-year-old trees. The snath of the American scythe contains an intricate curve; on the contrary, the European scythe commonly has a straight snath.

How to use a scythe to cut weeds and grass
Figure 2. The main parts of a scythe.

The grips of the American scythe are adjustable, and the European scythe’s grip also may be flexible, but the top grip usually is adjusted once attached. Both American and European grips can also be fixed on the European scythe, in which to make up the dimensions of the mower they have to mount at the right place on the snath.

European scythe blade
Figure 3. Detailed elements of the European scythe blade. 

When is the Right Time to Mow

Mowing the grass with a scythe in the morning when the grass is covered by dew is appropriate. It would be better to cut after most moisture has evaporated, considering the quickly drying hay and preserving its quality. Moreover, the dew gives extra mass for easy cutting grass. Additionally, the grass which stays under drought stress loses its turgor (internal pressure of the water in the cells), making it more challenging to cut the stems and leaves.

It is essential to dry hay as soon as possible. Once stomata close and photosynthesis shuts down, the moisture needs to pass through the cuticle of the grass stems and leaves instead. In that case, the best time to cut the grass is on a sunny, windy, and warm day. There is probable loss of biomass through bacterial decomposition and additional periods of plant respiration when the grass dries slowly. The quality of the hay degrades quickly as sugars are the first to be used by microbes. Thus, it would be best to cut grass and have a second man behind you to spread it around.

After drying the top of the straw a few hours later, it is time to “ted” the straw turning and loosening it, therefore the bottom of the spread swath is disclosed to the sunlight, air, and increased drying. Usually, it may be possible to mow grass from 6:00 to 1.00 and collect hay at 5.00 p.m. on a deep sunny day, including low humidity and a slight breeze. On the contrary,  it may take a few days for the straw to dry until safe storage.

How to sharpen a scythe

You need to use a sharpening tool/stone regularly every 30 minutes later or when you stop for a rest to sharpen a scythe blade. Before starting the sharpening blade, dip the stone into the water, then run it along the scythe’s blade. You have to sharpen each side of the edge from the Snaith to the tip of the blade. If you need to use your scythe mostly, you will eventually acquire it to have it hammered out or peened.

The process of cutting.

Cutting grass by a scythe is really best learned by doing. However, here are the basic steps included in your desired process:

  • Grip your best scythe and turn the patch of grass that you want to cut.
  • Incurve your knees and keep your back straight.
  • Enlarge your arms, putting the blade of the scythe on the ground. The blade will naturally bend minutely upwards, and the blade’s back is flat on the floor.
  • Must have your feet planted firmly. Suppose a half-circle grass is in front of you.
  • Now, rotate your torso to move the blade to your right and shortly behind you. Suppose you are dragging back on a rubber band that adjoins your right elbow to the front of your left hip.
  • Cutting that “rubber band” in a fluid motion, sweep the scythe before you, toward the ground and the edge of the grass you are cutting. If it doesn’t happen, either your blade wasn’t sharp enough, or you moved too far into the grass.
  • Being continuous in this fashion.
  • Though it’s tough to illustrate in writing, we hope we have given you the maximum to understand the entire process. It would be helpful for you if you really have to learn how to mow. 
  • Cutting grass using a sickle or scythe, or bush cutting is what we explain in this article. While you don’t want to make hay or manicure your lawn, you can use a scythe in a much less tight style.


Cutting grass with a scythe is a skill that can comprehensively facilitate mowing grass and making hay on a small scale. Skill is needed to operate and sustain a scythe, as illustrated in this article. If you have any queries or suggestions, please, feel free to comment on the comment box.

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