American’s love their cars and on the weekend they love those gas powered, high polluting, lawn mowers. Nothing makes more noise on a Saturday morning then a gas powered lawn mower which produces the same pollution in a hour as driving a car for 100 miles. It is estimated that gas lawn mowers produce about 5% of the air pollution in the United States. New laws put in place in 2007 for small engines should begin to reduce the amount of carbon monoxide being put into the air.
One solution in my “Green” opinion is an electric lawn mower which works great on small lawns but working with a eletrical chord can be a challenge. The new battery powered lawn mower is excellent and gets rid of that annoying plugged-in chord. But, my favorite is the push reel lawnmower which is powered by a good breakfast and some basic arm muscles. I have had mine for over 5 years and not only does it do a great job mulching and cutting my grass but I can also still hear my kids. It cuts great, sharpens itself while the blades spin and is light weight for easy pushing. It’s made by a German company called Brill and I would highly recommend them. There are also other great push reel mowers sold at your local home/hardware store.
Just think of the gas, oil and air pollution saved by using a push reel lawn mower and you can still hear the bird sing while you work.