Duncan Wilson and Missy Mangold of North Lismore offer an alternative to fuel driven yard care and follow organic permaculture principles.
Duncan Wilson and Missy Mangold of North Lismore offer an alternative to fuel driven yard care and follow organic permaculture principles. Cathy Adams

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



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