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Actions you can take now 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 (click on our “Green Gardener” list above for some landscapers who have made the switch).

Purchase an electric leaf blower for your gardener to use (click on 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.