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Show #19/1206
Colonial Gardens of Colonial Williamsburg

How Did They Cut The Lawn?



They next look at the lawn. In colonial times they used large scythes to cut the grass and after they cut it they had to rake up the clippings. That messed up the lawn, thus had to bring in a heavy roller made of stone to pack it all back down. It was a lot of work. Today because we have a lawnmower we don't need a large labor force but back then a lawn provided a whole different impression. Joe notices, when looking more closely, that the lawn, although nice, lush and green is filled with clover. Lawns in the 18th century weren't golf course quality, they were more like flowery meads. But clover and other plants provide a nice green color in the real heat and drought of summer, thus not a bad thing. In fact, by design, that is what Laura has in her backyard and thinks it's a great ground cover.

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