There are serious health and environmental consequences related to gas-fueled landscaping equipment. The two-stroke engines used in the landscaping industry are the main reason the industry accounts for more than 10% of the air pollution in the USA.
Gasoline engines cause pollution
Leaf blowers are the worst offenders
Asthma rates are soaring
The noise raises our blood pressure
Why not switch from gas to electric and battery powered machines? Electric lawn equipment has greatly improved and causes substantially less pollution and noise. So if you are considering buying equipment for your yard, look for an electric alternative. Choose a machine that offers you the amount of power you need, not more. Heavier mowing machines can be faster but they also compact the soil, which makes it harder for the grass to thrive.
Since leaf blowers are among the worst offenders of air pollution, we recommend you reconsider leaf blower use altogether. Leaf blowers have no use in a healthy yard. If you have a lawn, you can easily switch from blowing to mulch-mowing. There is no need to blow the leaves from garden beds either, as the leaves provide protection and nutrients for the plants.