HAY. Grass cut and dried for provender. The time of cutting grass for hay must be regulated according to itsgrowth and ripeness; nothing being more prejudicial to the crop than mowing it too soon; because the sap is not then fully come out of the root, and, when made into hay, the grass shrinks away to nothing. It must not, however, be let stand too long, till it have shed its seeds. When the tops of the grass look brown, and begin to bend down, the bottoms lose their verdure, and the red honeysuckle flowers begin to wither, it is ripe for mowing.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835._
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