If you are an old hug like me, taking an interest in the history would be rather easy. Like you would notice in some areas, good lawns may be an attractive sight to tourists as can be seen in the area of Nova Scotia a Canadian enclave.
Though falling in love with the city is easy, looking at its past, especially its roots in tending lawns would not be easy if you have not delved into its imperial past. As is the tradition, this was the seat of royalty in Canada dating back hundreds of years back.
Because of its connection to the abode of King James, getting a flag flying in the area with well-tended lawns was commonplace. The history of Nova Scotia is long and may take the better part without delving into how it has become a real garden tourist center.
As the saying goes, you can have your hay as the sun shines, the area of Nova Scotia is characterized by immense heat, especially in the months of August. However, the scorching heat is it usually one of the points of reference for those who would wish to down to lawn mowing proper.
Though not one of the best times, you may find that the use of lawn mowers at this period may not be regular; it’s the best time if you have a small lawn mower. August presents the typical lawn mowing session in most places, Nova Scotia not an exception.
Because of the short dry spell, most of the plants will have grown to their full in the ensuing months to August. It is the period when most plants are mature and are not likely to get branches coming up the ground.
Let the grass dry naturally!
Past traditions have shown that lawn mowing activities are meant to make the garden neat and getting down to work will cut the yard to size. Having the pruned grass blades dry naturally is ideal as it enables the soil to replenish itself.
However, in as much as one may wish to have an extensive piece of garden tended in the dry spell, that runs through August, getting exhausted is also common and may need to be avoided.
From the past, the ideal time to mow the lawn would be in the periods that come after the breakfast meal when one is still strong and may be able to push the grass along the yard. Depending on the lawn mower you own, this may not take much energy.
I remember with nostalgia the fact that I owned a massive piece of the machine once and would need to push it around the lawn with the sun taking a toll on me. The best tip here is trying to do the job when the weather is still cool and don’t go too much when the scorching sun comes.
The majority of the lawn mowers like the one I used to own works pretty much the same as the other modern lawn mowers I see in the market. The feet and the blades need to be kept the level at all times to allow for convenient mowing.
However, most of us would be happy as we get ideal tips on how to tend the lawn on the various channels as you would still see on the Canadian television networks that try to show the gorgeous garden culture of the royal family.
Piecemeal lawn mowing
Another common feature of the past was the cutting hay on the halves term. Though not so common in the presents, this was like contract farming and was only meant to make tending of lawns easy.
It is common to find the grass being made into hay and cutting grass in another person’s field for half the hay was familiar to most farmers, which is rare nowadays. The Canadian life was social and no need for payment on this!
Mowing for half hay shielded the lawn owner from the agony of having to tend to the yard as the proprietor gets half the hay while the one doing the mowing gets the other half, deal. Garden ownership in that period was fun as life revolved around the community.
While most of us nowadays would take ages to know how to use the lawn mowers, in the past it was pretty easy as the mowing knowledge passed from generations, in particular for those in the royal abodes.
Using common implements in trimming and tending to the lawn was commonplace as they got down to the best trims like the one showcased for the purpose of aesthetic tourism on Canadian television.
In spite of the tedious nature, it was fun tending to the lawn in the past. The use of hand tools was commonplace, a practice that most current park owners would deem cumbersome as they have large machines at their disposal.
Let’s take the route down some of the alleys in Canada and witness how this old tradition still works magic on the lawn. But for better tips, join us in our latest series as we unveil one of the most exciting tools to use on the lawn- the hand scythe, it may just be what you lack on your yard.