Moaning to our neighbour about the pervasive thistles in one of our paddocks, she produced a strange rusty hand tool which she called ‘the brasher’. Then, emblem of the Scottish nation or not, she proceeded to give us a very effective demonstration of swift thistle decapitation. We borrowed the impressively simple but efficient instrument and chopped down the docks in our duck run for practice. It will take longer to tackle the thistles but it’s a satisfying process, no chemicals, no petrol, just good old fashioned hard work!
We liked the ‘brasher’ so much that I scoured the internet for one of our own. I discovered that it is in fact called, perhaps not unsurprisingly, a ‘Weed Slasher’, although I expect it will always be called ‘the brasher’ in our house!