Talking about geting back to grassroots, this Saturday, I decided to get out the nand powered reel mower we bought a couple of years ago and try it out. Cat and I were pretty satisfied with the results.
You might be able to tell that a hand mower won't produce the "putting green" lawn many Americans seem to want, but it does make the lawn look presentable.
If I can keep the lawn mowed and trimmed regularly, I should be able to continue using the reel mower. I even use a scissor style hand trimmer and a hand edger. I don't have a very big lawn, about 250 square feet in the front and 300 or so in the back, so this is doable for someone like me if I keep it up.
Me and My Reel Mowever
I can feel very self-righteous about this on several levels. Not only am I reducing my "carbon footprint" (in this case), but my mower is American made!!! (Note also that Cat uses a clothesline to let the Oklahoma sun and wind do our drying!)