A greener, quieter approach to grounds maintenance

Photo credit: Alex Juel licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

This report from Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, describes how the Heritage Museum & Gardens there is switching to battery powered lawn mowers and other landscape maintenance equipment.

Museum director Les Lutz tells readers that automated battery-powered mowers, used in Europe for the past several years, will mow the 65 acres of grass there. The Heritage Museum & Gardens has also bought battery-powered leaf blowers, string trimmers, and even a battery-powered chain saw.

Lutz concludes by saying, “at home I’ve been using a battery-powered mower for several years and feel very confident in their reliability. Now, Heritage Museums & Gardens is moving toward a more sustainable operation. Come and see for yourself.”

Newer, more powerful battery-powered lawn and yard maintenance equipment is widely available. It’s quieter and safer than gasoline-powered two stroke engines, with no need to mix gas and oil, no need to store a gas can in the garage or yard, no need to pull a cord to try to start the engine.

We hope anyone taking care of the yard will switch to battery-powered equipment, too.

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