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Back to the 18th century

10 September 2011
Back to the 18th century

SINCE THE middle of the 18th century, when formal lawns first became fashionable in France and England, maintaining a manicured lawn has occupied a great deal of time and energy. Initially, grazing animals helped with large areas; scythes, sickles, grass shears - and considerable effort - were employed elsewhere.

A tool specifically engineered for mowing lawns was invented and patented by Edwin Beard Budding of Gloucestershire, England, in 1830. The design for this first lawn mower was based on a tool used to cut the nap of carpet to an even length. Since then, new designs, materials, and technologies have enhanced the arsenal of tools available to keep your turf in line.