Our family's effort to reduce its carbon footprint became a bit greener Saturday when we recycled our old gas-guzzling lawn mower for a reel mower.
Each spring, King County in partnership with Seattle and the state Ecology Department holds Northwest Natural Yard Days. The program provides information on natural yard care and encourages residents to practice it with discounts on products at select retailers. This includes deals on such items as mulch, soaker hoses and electric or reel mowers.
The recycling process was pretty simple. We emptied the gas mower of fuel and oil, took it to an area transfer station (dump), where we received a $25 coupon to mail in once we bought our "green" mower.
We opted for for the Sunlawn Push Reel Mower, which had better reviews than the optional Great States version. We also bought a version not on sale at the retailer but it had more blades for better grass dicing. We still get the city's discount, I think.
A quick read of the directions, a few nuts and bolts and we were off. My husband did most of the mowing but it seemed easy enough. I especially like not having to haul the heavier gas mower out of the garage, down several steps and into multiple areas of lawn surrounded by beds.
As long as the grass isn't out of control, the workout is minimal and it takes about the same amount of time. With all the curves and twists in the lawn, it's easier to maneuver. The edging isn't as great but we have an electric weedwacker.