While it’s true that I like to leave the lawn long, there are times when the edges need to be tended or the whole garden will look a bit unkempt. I’m all for that, but when the grass gets to 3ft high, something needs to be done. The question then remains, to strim, or not to strim?
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It’s easy and cheap enough to pop down to the local garden centre and get a decent strimmer – but is that really the greenest way to tidy your lawn?
Electric or battery strimmers seem to be the greener option against the noxious fumes coming from a carbon based fuel source. Then again, if your source of electricity doesn’t come from renewable sources it’s defeating the object.
For many years now, if I want the edges trimmed I use an old pair of kitchen scissors. It takes a bit longer and any hint of OCD can begin to show itself, but the pleasure of getting so close to the ground, smelling the earth, the rosemary as I brush past, the sweet, damp grass more than makes up for the extra time it takes.
Now I can understand if you have a large garden and a fetish for clean lines that my method of clearing the edges will seem insane to say the least. If you do stick to your strimmer, think about what could be having a snooze in the long grass and ask yourself – does it really need to be short?