Reduce use of power tools In the Garden

I recently attended a lecture by acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton. The summary on the back cover of his book begins: “In the visionary tradition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, One Square Inch of Silence alerts us to the beauty that we take for granted and sounds an urgent environmental alarm. Natural silence is our nation’s fastest-disappearing resource.”

Hempton’s lecture included recordings of the dawn chorus of songbirds; symphonies of frogs; water dripping, trickling and thundering; and the amazing, deep, vibrational hum of a hollow Sitka Spruce log as it was pounded by ocean waves.

Garden designers often are inspired by what they’ve seen (and heard) in natural places. If they enjoy it, they attempt to recreate their experience.

Along with appearance, we consider fragrance and taste in our gardens, but motion, sound and tactile sensations are other elements that can be overlooked when we attempt to create a beautiful garden.

I was reminded of the time when I worked at Wright Park in Tacoma when the constant hum of leaf blowers during the fall severely diminished my enjoyment of my otherwise-favorite chrysanthemum floral display.

Lawn mowers, spin trimmers, edgers and leaf blowers have become standard tools for landscapers. All of them are used to keep lawns neat and tidy. I encourage people to reduce or eliminate their lawns and replace them with native groundcovers, if their only purpose is for aesthetics, especially in areas where no one will be walking.

A higher initial investment in time and money for planting and weeding may be required until groundcovers are well established. But I feel it’s preferred over the time and energy it costs to mow turfgrass every week during the growing season.

I have never used power hedge shears(Power tool battery), and I discourage people from planting hedges that require shearing. It would be great if we didn’t have to use any power tools at all! Lawns, however, do make a nice play surface, and for people who have acreage, mowing is the easiest way to keep down tall grass and for controlling blackberries and Scotch broom.

By planting eco-lawns and not being so fussy, you might be able to get away with mowing only a few times a season.

Recently, while we were buying a new lawn mower, my husband and I debated the virtues of different models. I originally wanted to get the wimpy, corded, electric model. I really like my corded electric spin-trimmer, because I don’t have to worry about messy gas or oil, I can pull-start it, and I don’t have to worry about a battery dying.

Being a “Tim Taylor” power-tool kind of guy (Hoh, Hoh, Hoh)markita 1220 power tool battery, my husband convinced me to get the more powerful, battery-powered mower. He was concerned that a corded electric mower would be too big of a draw on the batteries that store the power for our solar home.

Small, gas-powered tools, especially two-cycle engines, which require you to mix oil with the gas, pollute the most and tend to be very noisy. Electric power tools are much cleaner and tend to be quieter. Newer models also are more powerful. My next purchase will be an electric rototiller!

For that next garden chore, decide whether it’s really necessary to use a power tool. Old-fashioned hand tools are much more peaceful to use. Your neighbors may thank you!

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