Lawn mowers and lawn equipment contribute to nearly 10% of the Denver area’s ozone pre-cursor emissions. You can do your part to reduce emissions from your yard by following these simple tips:
- Delay mowing until evening — don’t mow, let it grow.
- Maintain your gas-powered mower to help it run cleaner — change the air filter, oil and spark plugs at least once each season. Keep the underside of the mower free of grass build-up.
- Avoid using two-stroke gasoline-powered yard equipment, such as weed trimmers, since they emit a disproportionate share of air pollution.
- Use a funnel to refuel equipment — avoid even small spills and drips.
- Reduce lawn watering and fertilizing to discourage excessive lawn growth.
- Xeriscape to reduce lawn area, or change to native western grasses to reduce the need for irrigation and mowing.
- Choose an alternative to charcoal grilling.
- Don’t use petroleum distillate charcoal lighter fluids, which emit a lot of harmful vapors. Use an electric starter or charcoal chimney instead.