AP: High gas prices change lawn mower habits
This story from the Associated Press is at MLive (the host site for several Michigan newspapers) – High gasoline prices changing lawn-mowing habits.
When Eric King moved from his apartment in Pittsburgh to a single-family home with a lawn, he bought a manual lawn mower instead of the usual gas-powered kind. He figures he’s putting money in his pocket and saving trips to the filling station.
He’s got plenty of company. Sales of manual — or push reel — mowers with the cartwheeling blades are on the rise this year.
Some other ideas on the lawn front:
- Move to a neighborhood where the individual lots are small – but near a playground or park where the children have room to play outdoors.
- Turn as much yard as possible into a garden. You can grow vegetables in the back yard and side yard even if you prefer flowers in the front yard.
- Research “natural landscaping,” or ask a yard or garden expert about lawn plants that thrive in your region without a lot of water or mowing.
Update: you’ll also find this story on age 10B of June 26 print and e-editions of The Monroe Evening News.