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Hi all, I’ve got a huge field to strim that hasn’t been cut for 12 months, so it’s long and tough going. The cutting will take 3 or 4 days, leaving behind enough raking to cripple the average man for life. Was considering leaving the grass lying in areas that don’t need to look nice. Is this a bad idea? What are the pros and cons? 

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  • PRO

    It all depends what the client wants the field to be used for /look like. 

    • It’s  an oversized garden for a holiday home. They like it to be rugged, but in a neat way. The areas around the house will be raked, so it’s just the extended field. The owner won’t be returning until next spring at the earliest, so as long as it will recover I can tell them it will be good for the ground and they will be happy.

  • Hire a ride-on brushcutter, 3 days of strimming is madness, madness I tell thee!

    • PRO

      Excactly that. Or get it flailed by a friendly local farmer. 3 days strimming is pure madness!

    • Can only acess on foot unfortunately. 

      • That’s annoying! I hate fields/paddocks with no proper access. Can you get a pedestrian flail to it?

        • Wouldn’t be able to get that on either. steep stone stairway down to field surrounded by ditches with rotten narrow wooden board to shimmy across. Strimming is the only way and I don’t mind that so much. I cut it last year, but raked the cuttings which took forever, so would gladly leave them if it wouldn’t ruin the field or make it too boggy.

          • Sounds a right ball ache! In an ideal world you’ll want to rake the cut grass off, but that would break most of us - mentally and physically. Grass will regrow through the cuttings, ideally it wants to be done when the grass is bone-dry to give it a good chance of speedy recovery. 

  • I suggest trying a mulching blade on your strimmer. I use an Oregon 295505-0 blade for 'field work'. The blade cuts in two planes so as long as the grass is fairly coarse it will mulch it without the need for raking. There is also the advantage that you won't have to keep feeding and replacing strimmer line.

    • PRO

      I got the Oregon blade one of the best metal blades I’ve used would recommend them any day it just mulches everything in too small pieces 

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