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Mowing Cattails with a Scythe?
Cattail stems should be cut below the water level so the water goes into the stems to accelerate decomposition. Without cutting the stems to pull the bottom pieces of root left behind that continue to grow and spread to make their work harder next season. For mowing the cattails try to run the blade under water to a comfortable level. The soaking water, succulent stems and easily cut the water does not proffer much resistance to the scythe. Move the blade in an arc in the same way when mowing grass. A short blade is less cumbersome to plan in the water. An 18 “leaf: 45cm works very well and we used the leaves of up to 24” / 60 cm, leaf or grass, ditch or shrub Cattail stalks are so soft that you can reach far out with the scythe and pull it straight back towards you, that way getting stalks that are in water deeper than the tops of your boots.
Safety is paramount here, really. Wear boots or bare feet as you wish, but keep in mind that the slopes are wet and slippery mud regardless. Shoes must have a tread pattern that provides a good grip. Tracks of a sharp scythe, sharp and slippery is very dangerous combination. We do not want “The fall of the sword”, so to speak. What if you want a less expensive way to reduce cattails that buying a scythe? If you do not have other uses for a scythe found a sickle attached to a pole of suitable length does an excellent job of mowing cattails and other aquatic plants. See photos. In our application of the sickle is held with tape. A platform for jury to be sure, but it is fine for our test. A message that is safer to drill three holes through the sickle handle and the pole and then use 3 / 16 “stove bolts to hold the two together. If you need to vary the length of the rod with the painter extendable poles work well. These can be found in any hardware store.
They come in different lengths short and can be joined to another to make the pole, if necessary. The sections are easily detached from one another to shorten the length. A scythe blade is done by hammering the edge of the blade. In some applications, such as for mowing grass, leaf tip is nearly as thin as paper. After peeling, the edge is finished and subsequently maintained by very frequent sharpening or honing with a whetstone or fine grain rubber for grass, thicker grain crops, and hammered again if necessary to recover the fine from shore. With the belly of the blade on the floor of the blade edge of the earth should be about ¼ to ½ inch. You can set this up with a wedge placed between the stem and the boot. Keep the heel and toe up. Travels in the belly of the blade into the soil, keep the blade sharp move in an arc. Cut with the blade, cut, not teeing off in a game of golf.