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Eco-friendly Lawn Mowing
by Melinda Myers,posted Aug 21 2013 9:34AM
Mow your way to a fit body and healthy environment.
Using a push mower instead of a power mower can help reduce CO2 in the atmosphere by as much as 80 lbs a year. Plus, you burn more than 300 calories for each hour you mow.
Or consider an electric mower for larger lots. And if a new mower isn’t in the budget, keep your old gas powered mower running properly to reduce fuel consumption and pollution.
Change the oil, replace spark plugs, clean the air filter and sharpen the blades before the start of each mowing season.
And use a funnel when filling your mower. According to the EPA, 17 million gallons of fuel, mostly gasoline, are spilled every year while refueling lawn equipment. Even small spills can contaminate our soil, water and air. And even a few ounces of spilled gasoline may be enough to contaminate a nearby well.
A bit more information: Save yourself some time and further reduce the impact on the environment by growing a No Mow Lawn or Habiturf. No Mow lawns are a mix of fescue and can be mowed monthly to form a stand of turf, once a year, or not at all. Click here for more information. HabiTurf™ is a mix of native southwestern grasses that tolerate extreme weather and was tested by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.