One of the biggest complaints around here (So.Calif coastal)
is gardeners using those loud gas-powered mowers & blowers
which are also described as polluting. (One gardener I had used an
Just passing on this article from LA Times about allegedly quieter
April 17, 2008
THAT luscious green lawn may not be the greenest choice in dry
Southern California, but water consumption and pesticides are only
part of the problem: There are also those deafening gas-powered mowers
and blowers whose emissions account for as much as 5% of our reactive
organic gases and carbon monoxide, according to the California Air
Resources Board. That's where Whisper Landscape Maintenance comes in.
The newly launched gardening service uses only zero-emission,
solar-powered garden equipment. Whisper founder Michael Gould, left,
says that his company's modified mowers are no louder than vacuum
cleaners* and that leaf blowers have a decibel level similar to hair
dryers. A crew of Whisper gardeners -- arriving in Priuses, of course
-- uses organic fertilizers and routinely mulch with grass clippings*
instead of throwing them away. Gould says prices are competitive with
traditional gardeners. For service areas and other details: (818)
* I dunno...that's pretty loud!
maybe that's OK for lawns, but to create compost, need time.