Ditch the mower, grab a scythe? 'It'd be a lot quieter on Saturday'

Ditch the mower, grab a scythe? 'It'd be a lot quieter on Saturday'

EUGENE, Ore. – Some people use a mower to take care of their lawn.

Rob Dickinson does it by hand with a scythe.

The scythe is an ancient farm tool with a curved blade and a long handle. “It's an old techniques that still works well in other countries,” said Dickinson.

“It was originally used I think for cutting grass, and eventually evolved to reaping grain and crops,” said Dickinson.

He said he’s in the field at least once a week with his larger scythe, ditching the lawn mower and doing it all by hand.

He uses a smaller scythe every day to cut around plants, shrubs and bushes.

“I just like being outside and getting the exercise and making good progress on taking care of our property,” he said.

Dickinson is part of a group called Sustainable Cottage Grove. He said there are more and more people who use the scythe these days.

“Saving a little fuel and saving a little pollution, it’s kind of a good feeling,” he said.

He said using the tool is good exercise, too.

“You're working your whole body. You're using your legs, your abdominal muscles and your arms,” he said.

Dickinson said he’ll use the scythe over a mower any day of the week.

“It'd be a lot quieter on Saturday when everyone's got their mowers and weed eaters,” he said.