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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 16:05 #21512

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What would be the best "weapon" to cut back flax at it's base. My secuteurs thought I was taking the proverbial and wouldn't cut!

Background is that the flax have been growing on a steep bank for 20 years and I have never trimmed them. However, I now have a self sown passionfruit vine crawling all over them (unbelieveably healthy and laden with fruit) that I would like to get too.

So, there are plenty of dead fronds at the base but also live one that are dying. If I could cut them back to managemable levels, I could get in and around the bushes. Help!
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 16:11 #311873

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A box cutter is the best thing I've found...
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 16:14 #311874

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I agree, a really sharp knife is the best tool. Secateurs will work if..... brand new and especially not used on goats feet [}:)].
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 16:45 #311880

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I asked this question about three years back & lots of people came up with the box cutter idea. Fantastic. I made great progress. What I did find though was that a lot of the fronds (right word?) came out when I pulled them so I gave each one a good tug before cutting with box cutter.

The very old dead stuff is hard to cut through & bluntens the blade. Not sure if you know, but the blades in those box cutters don't have to be replaced when they go blunt. You just break off the used part at the next sloping mark & that gives you a fresh edge.

I cutt back my flax yesterday morning as it had grown so much lately that it was coming across the garage door. The box cutter was like a knife through butter on the freshly grown stuff.

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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 16:50 #311881

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Craft knife

but don't cut toward you ... son has a lovely scar on his forehead where he cut "flax"
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 17:42 #311886

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Thanks guys. Had no idea what box cutters were so checked that out. Any better than others? Are they different from a Stanley knife? Where to buy one?
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 17:47 #311889

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Stanley knife.. box knife ...same diff. Stanley is a the brand name so it is preferable to call it a box knife or there is an issue with the trade name..... as some of us will remember with Sellotape [}:)] (oooo, it is not a swear word anymore [:0])
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 19:44 #311911

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for the big macho hubbies out there to be roped into the job, a nice 24" machete that can be shaved with won't go amiss,makes short work of big stands that choke up a scrub bar.
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 20:21 #311915

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Have to agree with Kiwi machete, slash and draw it across, keep it sharp
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 21:15 #311928

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I don't think so! laugh I was deheading aga panthus today and after I swear 100 stems, I ran the knife through the top of my finger with only about 20 to go! It HURT!

Machete - I'd probably take my leg off given how steep this bank is. Sorry Kiwi - I definitely do not fit the macho hubbie criteria nor do I have one.
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 21:21 #311930

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Cattle like to chew on flax leaves, but remember to wash the blood off before you feed it to them. Cattle get upset with the smell of blood.
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Cutting back flax? 04 Jan 2010 23:38 #311946

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DiDi hows the finger? that can hurt like !!!!!!
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Cutting back flax? 05 Jan 2010 11:33 #311973

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A chain saw with a firm chain works very well, as long as you take all the usual precautions. I have used this method quite a few times, an old ex farmer passed this on to me.
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Cutting back flax? 05 Jan 2010 11:38 #311974

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If feeding to cows, chopping them smaller to 3" or so lengths can avoid a big ball of matted fibres in the stomach. Flax fibre is pretty strong and durable stuff :D even when chewed on and cudded by a cow :D
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