Use Better Equipment — Go Electric

There are many serious environmental and health consequences related to gas-fueled  landscaping equipment. Lawn care alone accounts for 10 percent of the air pollution in our country and is expected by 2020, to create more ozone pollution than all the passenger cars in this country. There’s a reason for that: Regulations on car exhaust have gotten tighter and tighter over the years, substantially reducing their ozone-damaging emissions. At the same time, while there have been some controls on the smaller gas engines, there haven’t been enough. Most damaging and polluting among the landscaping tools is the gas-fuelled leaf blower. Click here for the Leaf Blower Flyer.

  • In one hour a GLB emits more pollution  than 40 cars idling.
  • The noise and moving air from GLB’s disturbs nesting and breeding birds and other wildlife.
  • GLBs have a serious impact on neighborhood peace and quiet.
  • GLBs disturb and kill beneficial micro organisms in the soil.
  • GLBs pollution and noise impacts worker’s lungs and general health.
  • GLBs stir up pollutants such as salt, lead, arsenic, mercury, heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides, dirt, ash, mold spores and fecal matter. About five pounds of particulate matter per leaf blower per hour are blown into the air and can take hours and even days to settle in hot, humid weather. These particulates in the air can aggravate allergies and asthma and exacerbate pulmonary issues, such as bronchitis.

It’s necessary to look for healthier ways to maintain our landscapes.

First of all, for our lawns, we recommend switching from blowing to mulching. There is no need to blow the leaves from garden beds either, so please limit the use of the leafblower to your hardscapes; driveways and patios.

Secondly, we have to switch from gas to electric powered machines. Electric lawn equipment has greatly improved and causes substantially less pollution and noise. So if you are considering buying engine equipment for your yard look for an electric alternative.

Leaf Blower Informational Brochure: English version and Spanish Version

For more information on the Town of Bedford’s consideration of leaf blower regulations, visit the Town Website.