Spring into Lawn Mowing
By Dave Brummet and Lillian Brummet
Spring arrives with the beautiful twittering of birds preparing
their nests for the unborn. What - can't hear them? The low rumble
of lawn mowers not only drowns out natures' symphony, but also
disturbs skittish wildlife and sleepy neighbors.
to the Environmental Protection Agency, some older gas-powered
lawn mowers produce in one hour as much air pollution as a new
car does in 11 hours. Lawn mowers newer than 1996 have to comply
to new exhaust emission standards, which is a fantastic place
to begin. However, these standards are not yet satisfying for
the health of the world.
mowers produce a cut that results in greater water loss and increased
disease problems in lawns. Although many are now made with 4-stroke
engines (much less polluting than 2-stroke engines), they still
is a returned interest in push mowers due to environmental awareness
of gas engine pollution and electricity use. Typically, crowded
cities are resulting in smaller lawns, reducing the need for large,
heavy mowers. Push mowers are light and easy to operate and, being
much smaller, take up less storage room and do not pollute. These
mowers are actually quite cheap and many stores are rising to
meet the increased consumer interest. We have read that 7-blade
models are considered better than 5-blade models.
are other choices on the market than electric, push and gas lawn
mowers. There are solar-powered models, too. We read of one featured
in Omni magazine that operated on its own, traveling the entire
lawn area during the day and resting at night. It looked to be
about the size of a vacuum power-head. Apparently, a special fence
is used to keep it within the lawn boundary and there is a built
in alarm to prevent theft.
defunct lawn mowers that are not operating still have some use.
Remove the blade, motor, cords, wires and gas tank, leaving the
four-wheeled caddy and its push handle. Secure a box to this and
create a wheeled cart that is perfect for harvesting or toting
material around the property.
metal frame of most lawn mowers is recyclable and its' wheels
are often prized by workshop-creation crafters. The motor and
remaining parts might also be appreciated at a repair shop where
they could be reused.
are alternatives to traditional grass, from wildflower mixes to
low-growing ground covers, which rarely need mowing. Landscaping
a portion or the entire area with drought tolerant, wildlife supporting
plants is a very environmentally active engagement that either
eliminates or reduces mowing needs. And really, who couldn't use
a little more time on their hands?
get your exercise, reduce air and noise pollution; save yourself
some money and have a healthier lawn. Or let the sun run the mower
for you. Either way, the world will breathe a little easier and
maybe you will hear a songbird or two.
Written by Dave and Lillian Brummet based on the concept of their
book, Trash Talk. The book offers useful solutions for the individual
to reduce waste and better manage resources. A guide for anyone
concerned about their impact on the environment. http://www.sunshinecable.com/