- There are no emission tests or standards for lawn care equipment despite the high level of pollution output.
- Nationwide, there are 89 million small two-stroke engines in lawn care equipment directly exposing users to emissions.
- Air quality is at its worst during the summer mowing season.
- Replacing gas-powered mowers with electric mowers creates a 99% reduction in carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and methane and a 38% reduction in carbon dioxide.
- Nationwide, gas-powered mowers are estimated to produce as much as 1/10 of the smog-forming pollutants from all mobile sources.
Reducing Air Pollution
Fresh Air Lawn Care is committed to reducing the air pollution caused by gas powered lawn equipment. By using battery power Fresh Air Lawn Care, is reducing local air pollution. Significant studies comparing gasoline to electric mowers have concluded that replacing gasoline with electric or battery powered mowers results in a 99% reduction in carbon monoxide and other air poisons. These poisons cause smog, haze, and other air problems in the Treasure Valley.
Fresh Air Lawn Care’s emission reducing equipment is great for businesses who do not want their customers exposed to harmful emissions during operating hours. Your customers will thank you for not exposing them to smoggy, polluting gas powered lawn equipment.
Air pollutants cause harm to individuals’ respiratory and cardiovascular systems especially among children and the elderly. Many air pollutants contribute to serious diseases such as cancer and asthma. Help to directly reduce Treasure Valley air pollution by switching to Fresh Air Lawn Care today!
Water Use and Pollution
Reducing Water Pollution
Fresh Air Lawn Care uses only organic fertilizers that reduce water pollution from runoff protecting our local water supply. We do not use nitrogen and potassium fertilizers that are then washed into streams and contaminate water supplies. Nitrogen fertilizers feed algae beyond natural levels, disturbing the balance of water life. These over grown algae then release toxins, and deplete the supply of oxygen, harming fish and other water life. Fertilizer runoff is a significant contributor to water pollution, fish population decimation, and other water related problems.
Fresh Air Lawn Care’s Water Conservation Solutions
Fresh Air Lawn Care also promotes water conservation through its sprinkler and landscaping solutions that help you to use less water while keeping your lawn looking beautiful. Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. This stretches our supplies farther and protects our precious local water supply. Here are some of the ways that we can help you reduce your lawn related water use:
- Planting drought-resistant lawns, shrubs, and plants
- Replace herbaceous perennial borders with native plants which use less water and be more resistant to local plant diseases.
- Plant slopes with plants that will retain water and help reduce runoff
- Group plants according to their watering needs
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants which will slow evaporation of moisture while discouraging weed growth
- Add organic matter and fertilizers for shrubs, flower beds, and lawns (adding organic material to your soil will help increase its absorption and water retention)
Fresh Air Lawn Care can also help you to greatly reduce the amount of water used for shrubs, beds, and lawns by:
- The strategic placement of soaker hoses
- Installing a rain barrel water catchment system
- Installing a simple drip-irrigation system
Everyone knows when the neighbors are mowing their lawns with gas powered equipment. With Fresh Air Lawn Care you will not have to contend with the noise pollution of loud lawn grooming. Your neighbors and the environment will thank you.
Fresh Air Lawn Care’s quieter equipment is great for businesses who do not want their customers exposed to loud noises during operating hours. We can help reduce the inconvenience of noisy lawn care. Your customers will thank you for not exposing them to loud, polluting gas powered lawn equipment.
- Gasoline powered mowers run at 90 decibels at which volume doctors recommend wearing ear protection.
- Battery powered mowers run at 65 decibels and are safe for human ears.
- Hearing loss can be caused by continued exposure to noisy gas powered equipment.
- Using a gas-powered mower for 1 hour is equivalent to driving a new model car for 100 miles.
- Each weekend approximately 54 million Americans mow their lawns using 800 million gallons of gasoline per year.
- 17 million gallons of gas are spilled while refueling lawn and garden equipment each year. Even small gasoline spills evaporate and pollute the air.
- Experts predict that due to the high demand for gasoline and oil, gas prices could rise to $4 per gallon in the summer of 2012.
Reducing Dependence on Oil and Fossil Fuels
The attainment and use of oil and fossil fuels to power lawn equipment greatly contributes to our nation’s dependence on oil. Oil drilling has resulted in many environmental catastrophes such as the BP Gulf oil spill that dumped approximately 60,000 barrels of oil a day into the ocean. Moving away from dependence upon oil as
a source for fuel is a crucial component of a sustainable future.
For more information visit the Department of Environmental Quality’s website at www.deq.state.id.us