Keep your lawn clean AND green with these 3 more sustainable mowing options…
We all love our beautiful lawns, but unfortunately, most lawns aren’t really as “green” as they appear. Most American lawns are quite resource-intensive, requiring mowing, fertilizing, and lots and lots of water. If you strive to maintain a “weed-free” lawn, lawns also become essentially “monocultures” of grass, reducing habitat for wildlife and food sources for important pollinators.
Gas-powered mowers, small as they may be, are estimated to contribute up to 5% of air pollution in the U.S. (not including leaf blowers and related tools, which may spew even more exhaust into the environment). In fact, according to this article,
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to make your lawn more sustainable, including avoiding chemical-based herbicides and fertilizers, encouraging diversity in your lawn – including clovers and yes, even some of those dreaded dandelions – and using swales to naturally direct rainwater to your lawn.
Another great way to cut down on your lawn’s impact on the environment is to choose a greener mowing method. There are several options here, depending on your landscape terrain, the size of your lawn, and your available time and energy. Some of these methods have a number of other benefits as well besides reducing carbon emissions. Here are 2 of the most sustainable mowing options, according to Earth911:
These are the two cleanest and most eco-friendly ways to mow your lawn, but if you either can’t or don’t want to put in the physical effort required to use either of these two methods, you may want to look into getting an electric lawnmower. These are both quieter and lighter than gas models, and they do not produce direct emissions, so they do constitute a more sustainable mowing method. However, they still require some form of electricity – whether you choose a corded model, or a rechargeable battery-powered one.