Monday, December 10, 2012

Cutting tall grass with string trimmer

Some time back I bought a honda brush cutter (string trimmer) to cut the grass. During the monsoon period, the grass grows very thickly every where in the farm, cutting it using sickle was taking long time and for any sowing, it should be cut very low, hence bought the honda cutter.

While I was cutting tall grass with string trimmer, I realized it takes long time to cover. I used to cut from one side and make it powder and then cut the other area. While seeing the video of Scythe in youtube, found that they cut the tall grass in a particular style and that also from one side. I tried the same method with string trimmer, ie. cutting with a swing and moving the tall grass to one side with that cutting force and then cutting in a particlar line and keeping the grass aside. I don't try to powder the grass since it takes lot of energy and time. Hence kept the heaps of cut grass and then later spread it in the field. I am able to cover close to 0.25 acres per day. See some photos.


Jason said...

Hello (again) Nandan,

thanks for writing your interesting having in it a variety of wonders.
What ID is that tall grass please, i got an impression of what it might be from the photo but not enough resolution to properly id it.
I have an additional idea... for you, if it is a _Themeda_ species.
You got the honda line trimmer working like the scythes we all chatted about, Yay!
Hoping Japanese kama/scythes/sickles are going to be next success for you, if you obtained one?

Biggest best wishes and true nature with you and all,

Jason Stewart
Bama Country
Wet tropical north eastern Australia, at the moment.
–a homeland of of many many natural wetlands with very widespread native, wild, rice plants in 4 species growing naturally throughout them.
Species, annual & perrenial: _Oryza_meridionalis_, _O_rufipogon_, O_australiensis_, O_minuta_ .
(many references available on request) –these still prevalent here, are some of the ancestor species of cultivated rice breeds, and they are being archived nowadays, and used all over the world in breeding programs, but really Fukuoka–way nature farming, most of all, should be encouraged with them, as you know, as a respect for their relient, strong, natural–wild and truly sustainable nature. They are well known, well harvested, and very well used for many thousands of years by peoples of Australia who've been called Aborigines (by Europeans like my ancestors). Grains of them are the same size as medium grain cultivated rices (about) and the recent University organised nutritional laboratory testing has shown they have some more nutrition than cultivated rices (which we few nature farmers in the world would expect). Again, cheers Nandan!

Nandakumar said...

Thanks Jason for all comments. I did some search, but didn't get the exact name of this weed. Will put a more clear picture next time.

Yes, finally I have ordered for a scythe from -, not yet received. Now since the ordering process is proven, I will be able to buy some more tools - Japanese Kama etc.

Interesting to hear about the wild rices, and their features. I am sure these will be hardy and will suit Fukuoka style farming.

Thanks Jason