Finally, spring has started to come and turn the gray, gray, gray of New England back to green. And with that comes the sounds and smells of spring.
By which I mean the whining and smoke from horribly inefficient leaf blowers and lawn mowers. And of course we also dump 50lb bags of fertilizer and pesticides on our lawns and gardens. Don’t forget to set those automatic sprinklers! When the work is done, it’s time to fire up the grill.
There are some real things you can do to reduce the energy used (and especially the harm to the environment) while still having a nice looking yard.
- Replace your gas mower with electric or reel mowers. Black and Decker, and some others make inexpensive corded models, and rechargeable cordless models that are competitive with gas mowers. Reel mowers are very inexpensive and are probably the best, but to be frank, they are a lot of work and don’t do a great job. Here’s a link to mowers you can order from Amazon.com
- You can kill weeds and have green grass without making Exxon even richer and spreading chemicals throughout the water table. Here’s a site that provides links to various reasonable organic gardening products.
- Here’s a really good one: mow less and don’t rake or bag grass clippings! Mowing grass with a sharp blade and to a height of 3-1/2″ to 4″ lets more grass do it’s plant photo-synthesis thing, requires less water, and provides a rich environment for earthworms to gobble up the grass clippings converting them back to nutrients. Here’s a great site on Organic Lawn Care.
- Less grass and more other beautiful flowers and trees! Here’s a site on Natural Landscaping.
- I’m not ready to give up the grill yet, but I suppose that a gas grill is better than charcoal, and you can do some unbelievably great meals with all veggies. Ok, so barbecued chicken is still pretty good, but slice up some organic zucchini, onions, peppers, broccoli and pretty much any veggies, add some oil and salt and pop them on the grill for a few minutes, and you’ll only need one piece of chicken.