Noise pollution

Isn't a garden supposed to be a peaceful sanctuary — a place to escape from the racket and hubbub of the outside world? Of course. But gas-powered garden equipment destroys that lovely calm.

In most neighborhoods you hear the incessant din of blowers, mowers, edgers, weed whackers, and all the other gas-powered weapons of horticulture that we need because our properties are filled with lawns and overfed, oversized plants.

¿«jltBEft The bottom line: By making the garden a more stable system, and by eliminating the power tools for the little work there is, you not only eliminate fossil fuel use and pollution, you also help to make the neighborhood quieter. On top of that, performing gardening tasks manually is better exercise for you. See Chapter 20 for alternatives to power garden equipment.

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