Mowing - The Green Way

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Electric Mowing

Insite does not use gas powered push or walk-behind mowers. I believe that it is time to advance the methods used in commercial mowing. The price per mow or how long it takes does not matter as much as the damage to the environment from the exhaust and the noise pollution created by the mower.

Insite brings our electric mower to your lawn on a trailer pulled by a bicycle. Yes, a bicycle. We can't get much lower on emissions than that!
Here are a few reasons why I use an electric mower.
  • Quiet – an electric mower is half as loud as a gas mower
  • Lightweight – less chance for rutting and tearing turf
  • No gas, oil, or emissions
  • A single gas mower emits 87 lbs. of CO2 and 54 lbs. of other pollutants each year. Commercial mowing companies use mowers twenty-five to forty times more than a homeowner thus producing upwards of 3480 lbs. of CO2 per year with one mower!
  • 17 million gallons of gas are spilled each year refueling lawn and garden equipment – more petroleum than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.
I have done some research and found two types of mowers that are non-polluting – reel-style (think 1950’s) and electric. My research and life experience brings me to the conclusion that the electric mower is better for my mowing business.

Electric Trimming

  • A reel-style mowers blades are difficult to sharpen

  • A reel-style mower cuts too short for the turf in our climate - it has a maximum cutting hieght of 2"
  • An electric mower can mulch the clippings
  • An electric mower can bag the clippings for hauling away
The highest that a reel type mower can cut is two inches. ISU’s Turf Management recommends 3.5 inches on standard Kentucky Blue in Iowa. This is for two main reasons. The taller turf provides better shade for the soil, allowing the grass to compete with the weeds better. It also keeps the soil cooler thus decreasing the need for water. The taller cutting height also leads to less mowing as it is closer to the maximum height of most turf type grasses.

When the task is done beforehand, then it is easy. -  Zen master Yuan-tong