I keep a few other areas maintained, such as the leach field, sides of the dirt driveway, and a walking path to the compost. I also cut paths to my remote gardens as well as a small path for access to the meadows, stream and swamp on the property. I let the meadows go until I absolutely need to cut, such as when there are an abundance of saplings.
I enjoy mowing with the reel mower and it does a nice job with the lawn, but it really can't handle the taller grass and weeds, let alone the small trees that show up in my meadows. Power options leave a lot to be desired, and this is where the magnificent scythe excels.
- No noise pollution!
- Fewer accessories: I don't need gas, oil, or string and I need less safety equipment to use it.
- You can easily pick up the cut grass. The scythe leaves it in convenient bunches to be removed, which is especially helpful if you are trying to grow a wildflower meadow.
- It's better balanced and using it feels more natural to my body. I enjoy the fluid rhythm I get into, which I haven't found possible with the string trimmer.
- It's lighter.
- It easily takes down small saplings that would jam up the weed whacker.
- It's super convenient for quick, small jobs that are done before I could even get a power tool out and ready to use.
- The maintenance is relatively simple.
- When properly cared for, one scythe will last the rest of my life.
- I can easily work around plants I want to save (today I saved dozens of St. John's Wort plants that will soon be used to make medicine.) This is difficult with a weed whacker and impossible with a brush hog.
- I enjoy working with historically used tools.
- Overall, it's simply a more pleasant experience.