Posted by Gerard Worm over 11 years ago
After a little research and thanks to an Australian internet site that supplies scythes, I aquired a great tool that will last a lifetime and solve my lawn maintenance problems.
As my wife and I currently rent a small unit with a good size yard, we have lots of lawn, after our garden space, that we are required to keep trimmed. It took about an hour and 6 blisters to get my posture and motion near to correct, or at least to were I felt comfortable. Once I got into the swing of it, the grass just kept piling up in a windrow beside me as I crept along. I also reckon that with a little more practise I could out run a small power mower and definately a whipper-snipper. The other cool thing about using a scythe is that it has a sort of calming effect on the user. The regular swoosh sounds and rythmic body motion somehow seem to bring on a feeling of peace and tranquility, unlike the acoustic, vibrational chaos of a power mower
The scythe is an old tool that I will now recommend to anyone wanting a sustainable solution to lawn maintenance. This clip is of myself after about 15 minutes of use (Not yet great technique).
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|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Teacher: Geoff Lawton|
|Location: PRI, Zaytuna Farm, NSW, Aust.|
|Date: Jan 2012|
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