Eco-Friendly Garden Tools

Posted on Jun 22, 2018

rakeEvery day, we unwittingly make poor choices for the environment when we are simply trying to beautify our landscapes. Something as simple as using the right tools in the garden can greatly reduce the impact we have on the earth.

 

“17 MILLION GALLONS OF FUEL, MOSTLY GASOLINE, ARE SPILLED EACH YEAR WHILE REFUELING LAWN EQUIPMENT. (MORE THAN ALL THE OIL SPILLED BY THE EXXON VALDEZ)”. — The Environmental Protection Agency

“FOR THE BEST SELLING LEAF BLOWER, ONE HOUR OF OPERATION EMITS SMOG-FORMING POLLUTION COMPARABLE TO DRIVING A 2016 TOYOTA CAMERY ABOUT 1100 MILES. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT A CAR EMITS ALL THAT POLLUTION OVER A BIG STRETCH OF ROAD, WHILE A LEAF BLOWER DEPOSITS IT ALL IN ONE FRONT OR BACK YARD”.  — The California Air Resources Board (CARB)

“BY 2031, LANDSCAPE EQUIPMENT SMOG-FORMING EMISSIONS WILL BE MORE THAN TWICE THOSE FROM PASSENGER CARS.  — The California Air Resources Board (CARB)

 

Electric landscape tools are much more environmentally friendly than their gas guzzling cousins.   Electric tools don’t need gas or oil, spark plugs or filters so they save money while preventing those waste streams from entering landfills, soil and water tables.  They’re also much quieter which is good for the birds.

But, with those advantages in mind, it’s still always best to use the tool with the least health and environmental impact.  We are enthusiastic fans of rakes and brooms for cleaning leaves and trimmings.  Landscape maintenance crews should never use a leaf blower on exposed soil or mulch which would dry out precious irrigated soil and aerosolize dust.  We suggest cut grass be left in place rather than disposing it in the green bin.  And we recommend fallen leaves be left around trees, shrubs, taking care to leave the root crown clear.