From now on every friday, I am going to rant about various longstanding eco pet peeves I have. (My list is already months long.)
This eco peeve friday is LAWNMOWERS!
Most gas guzzling machinery bothers me on some level, but lawnmowers have to be #1 on my list. People will mow their lawns every other day, mowing when the grass is already micro short just for some sense of suburban accomplishment. Not only is this wasting expensive fuel needed for more important shit then keeping grass way tiny, but the whole concept of keeping up a grass yard is pretty bizarre. Why have a lawn, when you could plant gardens, make stone paths, and then fill the surrounding area with clover. The clover won't get very big, is soft to walk on, doesn't need to be mowed, is very green,makes pretty flowers, and is more drought resistant then most types of grass (which these days are probably GMO anyway.) Plus you can buy clover seed in bulk for a very low price at seeds of change, much cheaper then planting grass.
Lawnmowers are also a continuous cause of noise pollution, and air pollution - according to the EPA "Each weekend, about 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 million gallons of gas per year and producing tons of air pollutants. Garden equipment engines, which have had unregulated emmissions until very recently, emit high levels of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides, producing up to 5% of the nation's air pollution and a good deal more in metropolitan areas. A conventional lawn mower pollutes as much in an hour as 40 late model cars (or as much as as much air pollution as driving a car for 100 miles)."
Super super Gross! People need better hobbies then mowing the lawn, if you need a release go pop your zits or join a gardening club and stop inflicting your suburban depression on our lungs and ears.