Gardeners go natural
MOWING the lawn is a spiritual act for North Lismore man Duncan Wilson.
The 38-year-old gardening enthusiast does not use a petrol powered mower, instead he cuts his grass with an old fashioned cylinder push mower.
In fact, Mr Wilson uses no powered tools in the garden.
Instead of a whipper snipper, he uses a scythe.
He trims bushes with shears and secateurs, does the edges by hand and uses a sickle and a saw for other gardening tasks.
And the thought of a leaf blower - don't even go there.
"They are noisy and they just blow leaves everywhere. Use a broom!"
An environmentalist, he said using hand tools was an obvious way to reduce his carbon footprint.
Mr Wilson said there were other benefits gained from returning to pre-industrial gardening methods, such as improved fitness and core strength and a sense of being more connected to nature.
"It's a forgotten spiritual practice. No noise, just the birds and the sky," he said.
Mr Wilson's favourite tool is the scythe, but mastering the ancient implement took some doing.
"The one I have is from Europe and it came with a video," he said.
He has now taken his love of good old-fashioned gardening and formed a business, The Green Lawn, with his friend Missy Mangold.
The Green Lawn offers a gardening and maintenance service which promises customers a clean and green approach.
They charge $25 an hour for one gardener or $50 for two, but they are open to bartering.
Mr Wilson can be contacted on 0427 889 815 and will also be demonstrating how to use a scythe at Slaters Creek, North Lismore, on August 18, at 10am.
You can follow the pair's gardening adventures on their blog: www.thegreenlawn.wordpress.com