Environmentally Friendly Lawnmowers!

By
Real Estate Agent with Arbour Realty

Well Spring is certainly here in Arlington VA; in fact you could be excused for making the mistake that we are in early summer with the soaring temperatures the last few days.  All this nice weather has brought the flowers into early bloom in the Arlington neighborhoods and within the next couple of weeks the trees will be plentiful with green leaves.  In turn the grass will grow and with that Arlington homeowners will be breaking out the lawnmower, weather it be gas, electric or a push mower.

I have to admit I am not a big fan of the gas lawnmower, primarily as a result of  having my Sunday morning lay in disturbed by my over zealous neighbor trying to get an early start on garden chores, or having my relaxing alfresco dining experience interrupted with the intrusion of carbon emission fumes from the gas guzzling mower.   But after reading Arlington County's green tip of the day, that one hour use of a gas lawnmower emits the same amount of pollution as driving a car 93 miles, I feel it really is time for the gas lawnmower to move over for an environmental friendly lawnmower.

Environmentally friendly lawnmowers come in either an electric or a push (manual) version. The great advantage of the pushmower is that not only does it decrease your carbon footprint, save you money on fuel, but it is also is good for your health by creating a nice workout as you mow. In fact an hour of mowing the lawn with a pushmower burns on average 408 calories.  Changing to a push or electric lawnmower is just another way to make your household a green home and continue your green commitment. Don't forget to recycle your grass.

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Comments (3)

Jody Lautenbach
Century 21 Premier Associates - Pella, IA

If only someone would come up with a solar mower - it would be environmentally friendly and recharge when doing the work!

Apr 08, 2010 04:16 AM
Wendy Cutrufelli
Alain Pinel Realtors - Walnut Creek, CA
Contra Costa Realtor

Must admit that I was shocked to read that running a lawn mower for an hour is the equivalent of driving a car 93 miles.  Ouch!

Apr 08, 2010 04:47 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Adam, great information.  We have a mulcher mower so the grass and leaves (in the early fall) just give back to the lawn their nutrients and it cuts down on the raking.  

Apr 08, 2010 12:13 PM