Alert — and neighborly — “06880” reader Dick Jay writes:
This past spring, Dan ran an eye-opening article about the significant air and noise pollution from lawn maintenance equipment.
I have been quite annoyed by the same quality of life issues — especially the deafening noise of mowers and blowers — and knew of a great solution that I saw at my brother’s house in Italy 2 years ago. European homeowners have already installed over 1 million private, self-recharging, electric robotic mowers like the one at my house. They’re way ahead of us on this one.
I was finally able to find not only where to get the equipment (Brandman’s), but just as important the installer, a local entrepreneur: firstname.lastname@example.org. Beachgoers now routinely gawk at the futuristic Husqvarna machine pictured below, as it mows my lawn at 53 Compo Beach Road across from the marina.
I have no personal stake in promoting Erik’s business, except improving the lives of local residents. He pays for and installs the equipment and dog fence-type wiring. His people monitor and service the equipment, and come weekly to trim and blow the lawn — all with quiet electric trimmers and blowers.
The total cost is comparable to conventional commercial services, but the advantages are beyond my expectations. No mowing noise. No pollution. Lawn mowing by small increments 2-3 times weekly, sun or rain. The lawn is always the right length. Minimum lawn stress, thereby saving significant water. No damage to lawn and landscaping from heavy fast moving mowers. One mower can handle up to 1.25 acres.
I have not encountered any negatives. I wish everyone converted, if only out of respect for their neighbors.