1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

April 2, 2008

:093 Electric Lawnmower

Filed under: :093 Electric Lawnmower — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Suggested Review – :092

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:093 Tip: Electric lawnmowers are more energy efficient and create less pollution. A typical gas powered lawnmower creates more pollution in one hour of use than a typical automobile does when it drives 120 miles.

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Additional Information

In order to reduce air pollution levels some communities are offering trade in programs or discount coupons when you turn in your gas mower.

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April 1, 2008

:092 Solar Lawn Mower

Filed under: :092 Solar Lawn Mower — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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1:5:10:091 Tip: Use cows to mow your lawn. They are the ultimate solar lawn mower. They even fertilize as the mow – just watch where you step.

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist with today being April 1.)

A photovoltaic solar lawn mower is now available, Its called the Sun Whisper Solar Charging Mower and it avoids the cow flop problem.

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Additional Information

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The Sun Whisper Solar Lawn Mower is available from Free Power Systems

http://www.freepowersys.com/sunwhisper.htm

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March 10, 2008

:070 Clip 1/3

Filed under: :070 Clip 1/3 — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am
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Suggested Review – :068, :069

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:070 Tip: When cutting your lawn, never clip more than 1/3 the length of the grass at one time. If you let it get too long, clip it at no more than the 1/3 length, let the cut dry a short while then clip it again. Clipping no more than 1/3 will help promote a lush thick lawn that helps eliminate chemicals for weed control.

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Additional Information

Ohio State University has on-line information on cutting your lawn at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/4000/4020.html

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March 9, 2008

:069 Mulch Mowing

Filed under: :069 Mulch Mowing — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:069 Tip: Mulch Mowing chops grass finely and allows it to mix with the living grass where the clippings will decay and provide soil nutrients. This also reduces the amount of waste material going into the landfill.

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Additional Information

Ohio State University has on-line information on mowing heights for mulch mowing at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/4000/4020.html

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March 8, 2008

:068 Lawn Height

Filed under: :068 Lawn Height — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Credit: Missouri Department on Natural Resources

Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:068 Tip: Don’t let your lawn produce pollen. By mowing it before it has a chance to form and release the allergy reaction causing particles you can keep the pollen levels lower in the local environment. There are also types of grass that produce little or no pollen.

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Additional Information

Ohio State University has on-line information on lawn height at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/4000/4020.html

Information on pollen characteristics of different grasses types is available at: http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/mg/lawns/growth.html

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