Wherever you live you may have them. That is—particular sounds that let you know what particular time it is. Sanctuary bells, dogs commencing to bark when their owner goes off to work, noon factory whistles. Where I am living right now, I always know when it is 7:30 a.m. Seven-thirty a.m. is when a local institution’s maintenance person starts the engine of his leaf blowing machine. And so begins his daily rounds of re-distributing the world’s leaves.
I’ll leave the topic of sound pollution for another day, but I was recently pleased to hear about this lawn service. Its tagline is “Changing the Way America Mows the Lawn.” Clean Air Lawn Care Company, one franchise at a time, says it “delivers an exceptional lawn care service that improves the quality of life in our communities.” The company uses tarps and rakes instead of leaf blowers. Hooray!
CEO Kelly Giard took his BA degree in Environmental Analysis and Policy, took his experience as a financial planner, went into his garage and launched this business in 2006. So far he has 27 franchise seedlings in the U.S., managing to claim that it is the country’s largest environmentally friendly lawn care service.
By day, solar panels mounted on trucks charge up mowing equipment. By night, energy derived from wind takes over. Larger mowers are run on locally produced biofuels. Fertilizer and weed controllers are organic, grass clippings recycled. The business has endeavored to be carbon neutral. Now there are probably a number of one-man-show lawn services out there that have pursued green-smarts, but I don’t believe I’ve experienced one that uses solar panels on their trucks.
Clean Air Lawn Care Company’s website (link above) offers an enlightening matrix comparing their service to that of traditional equipment usage. Unfortunately there are too many scary contaminant stats to occupy the space allotted here. But see if there’s a franchise near you. If not, or if you are a DIY-er, check out the last section on this EPA’s link about how you can reduce lawn equipment pollution.
And tell that leaf blowing guy near you to ssshhhhush. . .if he can hear you.
Nancy R. Peck