The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new exhaust standards for lawn mowers and other small equipment in 1999 that was fully phased in by 2007. These standards called for a 59 percent reduction in hydrocarbons.
The problem is most people keep their lawn mowers for a number of years before replacing them. So a large percentage of homeowners are using older mowers that don't meet these new standards.
There are several alternatives for lowering the emissions, according to Donald Gordon from the website The Lawn Mower Review. First, simply replacing an older gas-powered lawn mower with a modern model will have a large impact due to the stricter standards placed on manufacturers of current mowers.
Second, a manual reel mower will have no impact on the environment, since there is neither any emissions nor any need for electricity to power it. And finally, electric lawn mowers will reduce the emissions to zero since they are not burning any kind of fuel when operating.
"Reel mowers are the ultimate solution," Gordon says. "They not only cut your lawn with zero impact on the environment, they can also give you a good workout while doing it! Of course, they might not be feasible if you're cutting an acre or more of grass every week or two."
TheLawnMowerReview.com, established in 2010, offers advice to would-be lawn mower buyers. The site covers various models, including electric, push behind and zero-turn lawn mowers. If you would like to reduce your impact on the environment, visit http://www.thelawnmowerreview.com to get help with choosing the right lawn mower for your needs.