Join the MyGreenCranford Green Team and keep your power blowers and mulchers in the storage shed and “rake for the planet” one day or more during this fall leaf clean up season. This is an opportunity to spend some quality time with your family, have some fun, and do something that will put a smile on Mother Nature's face.
Rake For The Planet is a voluntary program and you should consider your physical capacity to do the labor involved.
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Facts about Power Equipment
The powerful air stream of a leaf blower can strip the land of topsoil, damage otherwise healthy plants by tearing leaves off branches and spread disease, insect eggs and weed seeds.
The high-velocity air jets whip up dust and pollutants. The particulate matter (PM) swept into the air by blowing leaves is composed of dust, fecal matter, pesticides, fungi, chemicals, fertilizers, spores, and street dirt which consists of lead and organic and elemental carbon. This can result in health risks for people with asthma or other respiratory health problems. 1
The average blower measures 70-75 dB at 50 feet and can reach 90-100 dB at the operator's ear. This high noise level not only poses a danger to the operator but can be disturbing to your neighbors, some of whom may be ill or might work nights. 2
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a traditional gas powered lawn mower, which has a similar type engine, produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars each being driven 12,000 miles.
Using gas powered blowers contributes to America’s dependence on foreign oil.
Sources: 1. California Environmental Protection Agency 2. www.nonoice.org
Benefits of Human Power
You will reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the emissions produced by small engines.
The exercise will burn calories and contribute to better health.
Get the whole family involved. The time spent together will have a positive effect on the kids and will teach them the value of working around the house.
Your neighbors will appreciate the quiet and you and your family will not suffer the side effects that can result from the noise level of small engine machines.
Raking is better for your lawn and garden.
Save money. A rake cost about $10 to $15 and a gas leaf blower will cost $100 to $500 plus the cost of gas.