July 15, 2008

Time for a trim?

Manicuring the Grass Edges at my Farm

Visiting my 153-acre farm in Bedford, NY, one can see most of the property by hiking, riding, or driving along the four miles of carriage roads, which I had constructed by the very talented excavator, Bruce Corbett.  These carriage roads are topped with a gravel-like material, made from the recycled asphalt of old roadways, which provides an excellent surface for horses, horse-drawn vehicles, cars, and pedestrians.  Grass abuts a good deal of the roadway and my grounds' keepers are diligent in keeping the edges neat and tidy.  I thought it would be interesting for you to see just how it’s done.  Please, take a look.

The first step is to wet the surface of the carriage road to help keep
the dust down.  Chhiring Sherpa then uses a blower to move the gravel
away from the edges.

A string is laid down to help as a guide on the straight sections.

This machine is called a Little Wonder Edger.

As the Little Wonder moves along, its whirring blade cuts a neat edge.

Working in sections, Chhiring continues cutting.

Lhakpa Sherpa follows behind Chhiring, clearing the unwanted grass.

This little edging hoe does a great job pulling the grass out by its roots.

Once the edge is clean, the gravel is pulled back into place.

The back edge of this wide garden rake is perfect for this job.

Meanwhile, Gyurme is busy edging and weeding the stone and gravel
walkway behind my house.  Again, he moves the gravel away from the edge.

He then uses these long-handled edging clippers to cut the unwanted grass.

A close up view - the long handles make this job a lot easier on the back.

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