Have you tried using a sickle for cutting weeds and grass?
A sickle is a traditional farming tool that’s quick and easy to use for cutting weeds around your yard. You can use it for cutting weeds on your lawn, in flower beds, and between rows of vegetables.
In this article, we take a look at how to use a sickle for cutting weeds and grass, and the advantages and disadvantages of using it in various situations.
Let’s dive in.
Can A Sickle Be Used For Weeding?
You can use a sickle for weeding, and it can be very effective in the right circumstances.
Sickles are cutting tools, similar to other weeding tools such as hori hori knives and hoes. Using a sickle, you can cut weeds down to the ground. But because the roots are left behind, perennial weeds will often regrow. So you will need to use the sickle each time you notice the weeds emerge from the ground. But eventually, you can kill the weeds by exhausting the roots.
Sickles are good to use if you have a small number of weeds to cut. And they’re useful tools for working in small areas around desirable plants, such as between rows of flowers or getting rid of weeds growing between vegetable plants.
But using a sickle is not the most efficient way to clear a large area of weeds as you’ll have to bend over or squat as you work.
For large areas of weeds, you’ll find it easier and quicker to use a trimmer. Although if you want to stick with the traditional approach, you can try using a scythe to cut grass and weeds.
What Is A Garden Sickle?
A garden sickle is a traditional tool for cutting crops and weeds. It has a short handle and a curved blade. You use the sickle with one hand while holding crops, weeds, or grass in the other.
Traditionally, sickles had iron blades. But these days, it’s common to find sickles with steel blades, with either smooth edges or serrated edges. Serrated-edged sickles are good for cutting crops such as grains. Smooth blades are better for cutting grass.
How Do You Cut Weeds With A Sickle?
Sickles have a curved blade with a sharp edge on the inside. To cut weeds with a sickle, you first grab hold of the weeds in your non-dominant hand. Then cut through the weed stems as you draw the inside blade of the sickle in a clockwise motion towards your body.
The circular motion helps you avoid catching yourself with the blade as you cut through the weeds. You should perform the cutting motion quickly, and you may need to apply some strength if the weeds have thick stems.
Cut the weeds close to the base, making sure to keep a reasonable distance between your holding hand and the point where you cut the weeds to prevent any accidents.
Wearing jeans, boots, and gloves will provide you with some extra protection in case you catch yourself with the blade.
To reduce the amount of effort needed to cut through weed stems remember to sharpen the blade before use with a carborundum stone.
Why Should You Use A Sickle?
Here are some good reasons to use a sickle for cutting weeds:
- If you only have a small number of weeds to cut, weeding sickles are a quick and easy way of getting the job done.
- Using a sickle to cut weeds provides you with exercise.
- Using a sickle makes it easy to cut weeds without causing accidental damage to nearby desirable plants, making it a good choice for small spaces.
- You can use a sickle to cut mature weeds with thick stems.
Disadvantages Of Using A Sickle
Here are some of the disadvantages of using a sickle for cutting weeds:
- It’s time-consuming to cut a lot of weeds with a sickle.
- Repeated bending over while cutting weeds can strain your back if you’re not fit.
Can You Cut Grass With A Sickle?
You can use a sickle to cut grass. A sharp sickle with a smooth-edged blade will have no problems cutting grass down to your desired size. A sickle can be useful for cutting grass in small spaces where it’s difficult to use a lawn mower. But other hand tools are easier to use for cutting grass, such as grass shears.
What is the difference between a sickle and a scythe?
Sickles and scythes are traditional tools for cutting crops, weeds, and grass. Scythes have a long handle with a long curved blade that extends from the bottom. It’s a two-handed tool that you can use standing up, and it requires practice to use it effectively. A scythe is better suited to cutting down plants over a large area, helping you finish the job quicker.
A sickle has a curved blade and a much shorter handle than a scythe, making it easy to use with one hand. It’s convenient to use a sickle for quickly cutting a small number of weeds. But it’s harder work to cut a large area of weeds with a sickle than when using a scythe. And using a sickle to cut weeds involves bending over, sitting, or squatting.
Can you mow a lawn with a sickle?
You can mow a lawn with a sickle, but it’s not the easiest tool to use for the job. Mowing your lawn with a sickle will take a long time and it may be hard to maintain an even cutting length across the lawn. A scythe is better suited to cutting a large area of grass.
What do you use a sickle for?
A sickle is a traditional agricultural tool historically used for harvesting grain crops. You can also use a sickle for cutting weeds and grass.