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THE idea of lawn care probably started with sheep. As we started carving out backyards and suburbs, the desire for beautiful lawns and gardens spread from the landed gentry to the rest of us. Early governors in the *****ies had no way to keep the grass short other than on the hoof. Mechanical mowing came about early in the 19th century. The first patent for a “Machine for mowing lawns, etc” was granted to Edwin Beard Budding (1795-1846) from Stroud, Gloucestershire, on August 31, 1830. Budding entered into an agreement with John Ferrabee, owner of Phoenix Foundry at Thrupp Mill, Stroud, to produce the mower. It was a series of blades arranged around a cylinder with a push handle patterned after a machine used for shearing the nap on velvet in a cloth factory. The reel or cylinder mower, as it is called in England, shears grass in the same way a pair of scissors works. The cutting blades are riveted or welded to a series of “spiders”, located on a central shaft. As the shaft turns the blades come in contact with the stationary bed knife to cut the blades of grass... *View the rest of this Article




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