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 20, 2008

:080 Pull Weeds

Filed under: :080 Pull Weeds — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am
weed_photo2.jpg Weed Puller - source Hound Dog

Suggested Review – none

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

1:5:10:080 Tip: Pulling weeds is a good way to reduce your families herbicide exposure. I spent about ten minutes a week for about a month, pulling weeds by hand and was getting pretty good at getting many of them up by the roots (you grab them by the base and apply gentle pressure until you feel a little give, then increase the pressure until it comes out). But I was not having any luck with dandelions, which would break off at ground level. Then I tried the Weed Hound. It works great!

After two months I’m down to pulling about 3-5 weeds a week.

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Additional Information

The Weed hound has a number of spikes arranged in a circle that must be placed directly over the weed. Get your fingers down into the grass and find the exact point where the plant joins the root. Center the Weed Hound spikes over the root then step down on it to drive the spikes into the ground around the root of the weed.

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With most roots I give the tool a quarter to half turn then lift it weed and all out of the ground.

http://www.hound-dog.com/weed_hound.htm

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