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Actions You Can Take to Promote Quieter and Healthier Neighborhoods
Encourage your commercial landscape company to change from gas-powered leaf blowers to electric ones that emit 65 decibels or less (see our Green Gardener list for some landscapers who have made the switch).
Purchase an electric leaf blower for your gardener to use (see our list of electric equipment manufacturers).
Encourage your gardener to use a rake and broom.
Leave the leaves! Rethink how manicured your yard needs to be. Leaves left on lawns and flower beds produce mulch, which holds water and provides nutrients to the soil. Helpful insects also live in mulch.
An injury led Raul Quiñones to switch to battery-powered equipment, and he hasn’t looked back.
Raul Quiñones of Bankers Hill switched to all battery-powered equipment when he injured his shoulder and couldn’t start the gas lawn mower anymore. He says the electric equipment is “easy to operate, eco-friendly, and economical given rising gas prices. It’s also pet-friendly; my dogs aren’t afraid of this equipment.“
Raul Quiñones keeps a battery-powered lawn mower, weed whacker, edger, and leaf blower charged and ready-to-go in his tool shed in Bankers Hill.