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Use Better Equipment

There are many serious environmental and health consequences related to gasfueled landscaping equipment. Lawn care alone accounts for 10 percent of the air pollution in our country and is expected by 2020, to create more ozone pollution than all the passenger cars in the USA. That is because regulations on car exhaust have gotten tighter and tighter over the years, substantially reducing their ozone-damaging emissions. At the same time, while there have been some controls on smaller gas engines, there hasn’t been enough. Most damaging and polluting among the landscaping tools is the gas-fuelled leaf blower.

  • In one hour a GLB emits more pollution than 40 cars idling The noise and moving air from GLB’s disturbs nesting and breeding birds and other wildlife
  • GLBs have a serious impact on neighborhood peace and quiet
  • GLBs disturb and kill beneficial microorganisms in the soil
  • Pollution and noise from GLBs impacts worker’s lungs and general health
  • GLBs stir up pollutants such as salt, lead, arsenic, mercury, heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides, dirt, ash, mold spores and fecal matter. Approximately five pounds of particulate matter per leaf blower per hour are blown into the air and can take hours and even days to settle in hot, humid weather. These particulates in the air can aggravate allergies and asthma and exacerbate pulmonary issues, such as bronchitis.

For our lawns, we recommend switching from blowing to mulching. There is no need to blow the leaves from garden beds either, as the leaves provide protection and nutrients for the plants. We must also switch from gas to electric powered machines. Electric lawn equipment has greatly improved and causes substantially less pollution and noise. So if you are considering buying engine equipment for your yard look for an electric alternative.

Electric lawn equipment has greatly improved and causes substantially less pollution and noise.

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