Of all the machines and gadgets in our lives that are powered by various sources of energy, the lawnmower is one case where we actually can choose between a motorized or manual model.
Don't get me wrong; there are plenty of powered mechanisms that when used properly are extremely beneficial but when we have the option, why not select the device that is more people and environmentally friendly?
The electric or gasoline lawnmower is the perfect example of a device that should be reserved for occasions such as when grass is very long or if a homeowner has specific needs that force him to use it.
However, when the lawn is under control and it's safe to exert ourselves physically (i.e. it's not 103 degrees) the manual model known as the reel or push mower does a great job. In fact, there are several important reasons why a manual model should be your first choice for mowing:
Pollution: There are a lot of statistics about just how much pollution gasoline mowers contribute to the environment. The number can be confusing but one thing is clear: With close to half a billion gallons of gasoline being burned cutting lawns across the US each year there’s a lot of unnecessary emissions poisoning the air. Take those fumes and combine them with the millions of gallons spilled refueling and we have a literal ecological disaster brewing in our back yards. Using a manual mower erases these threats and cuts down on noise pollution, which is also a byproduct of electric mowers.
Efficiency: A push mower works great on lawns that need general maintenance and the newer models are much lighter and easier to work with than the old clunkers. Even if a lawn is overgrown and a push mower alone won’t do the job attempts can be made to lower the height of the grass by using other manual lawn care service instruments before taking more drastic measures and going with electric or gasoline.
Accidents: Important safety measures must be instituted when using gasoline or electric mowers. Gasoline models are fire hazards and when using electric versions the cords need to constantly be under close watch so they don’t get run over and cause electrocution.
Bills: When using a manual lawnmower the only cost is the purchase of the device, as it runs solely on human power...which is free!
Maintenance: Whereas gasoline and electric mowers can have mechanical or wiring issues, push mowers are simple and virtually maintenance-free, though just like anything else they should be wiped down after every use for preservation.
How do you mow your lawn? Share your eco-friendly landscaping tips in a comment!
Jakob Barry writes for Networx.com. He covers various home improvement topics including eco-friendly landscaping and gardening services.