The approach you take to maintaining your lawn can have a significant impact on ground level air pollution. The average lawn takes one hour to maintain. One hour of mowing with a typical gas-powered lawnmower produces the same amount of smog-forming emissions as driving your car for 200 miles. That’s like driving from Louisville to Nashville. Gas-powered string trimmers are even more polluting than lawn mowers.
There are two simple strategies to reduce air pollution from lawn maintenance.
1. First, switch from gasoline-powered lawn equipment to electric- or human-powered equipment. The emissions produced from using electric equipment are only a fraction of what gasoline powered equipment produce and you may be eligible for up to a $100 rebate by participating in APCD’s rebate program.
2. Second, reduce the overall amount of turf grass in your yard that needs to be maintained through low maintenance landscaping. This reduces the need for lawn equipment and their corresponding emissions.
If you are using either of the above strategies to reduce your emissions from lawn equipment, APCD would like to recognize your efforts with an Environmental Stewardship award. Awards may be given to homeowners, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, parks, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and other landowners. If you or someone you know has low maintenance landscaping, nominate yourself or them for an award by filling out our online form. We also ask that you send a picture of the property being nominated to airlawncare [at] louisvilleky.gov. If you participate in APCD’s rebate program, you will automatically receive an award.