As I anticipated another season of a landscaping company’s gasoline guzzling mini monster mowers zig zagging across my yard, I decided that this was the year that I said “no.” It would be a reel mower. I’ve wanted one forever. It so fits with my ideas of green living, to use a human propelled mower. I would be in greater congruence within myself; it would be great.
Research, though, suggested that my yard was too big for a reel mower. That’s if my yard is 8,000 sq. ft. or more, which while big is probably not that big. But the thought of how big my yard is and how hard it might be pushing it up the steep incline that spans about 150 feet, and suddenly, I lost my nerve.
But what about electric? So, I got myself a nifty electric mower and a weed eater, cords, and plastic string for the eater. And started mowing. A little over 2 hours later, I’m about 3/4’s done, but haven’t started the weed eating yet.
So, I’m not throwing gas smoke into the environment, but how much electricity am I using? And how much more eco-conscious is my decision? Turns out that depends on the power plant from which I receive my electricity. So, it may not be as environmentally friendly as I’d like AND, since it’s a small engine, then there are EMF’s (Electro Magnetic Frequencies) coming off of it as I push it (so I carried a resonator in my hand to harmonize the EFMs, so I’m not experienceing energetic pollution) and I wonder as I trudge back and forth, is this worth it? I am getting exercise and not paying the wellness center $75 for the privilege. AND then there’s the savings of $250 or so a month (from not paying the landscaping company), but, I make over $100 an hour, so in addition to the $340 for the lawnmower, I’ve now spent $250 worth of my time and I’m just over half done. So, $590 and counting…
That’s a lot to not send dirty, polluted smoke into the air I breathe, my neighbors breathe, and the plants and animals breathe. Breathing, oh right! as I’m out pushing away, having spent all this money, and now I remember that I seem to be allergic to some of the weeds outdoors. Great! No problem, I’ll just get some homeopathic remedies for allergies.
Is it worth it? I think so.
Did you know that Americans burn more than 800 million gallons of gas yearly. AND every year, there’s more than 17 million gallons of fuel spilled — more than the Exxon Valdez leaked in 1989.
Gas-powered lawn mowers are responsible for 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution, (EPA), One gas mower running for an hour gives off as much pollution as eight new cars driving 55 mph for the same amount of time, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The pollutants include carcinogens from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxide and smoke particles.
The next step is to replace grass with ground cover or gardens and then get that reel mower, and have the joy of mowing my lawn while listening to the birds and breathing deeply, remembering to have plenty of homeopathic spray on hand! Being a steward of this land is an honor.