Eco-friendly lawn care in the metro

Published: Jun. 20, 2016 at 8:56 PM CDT
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When you think about doing yard work, you probably picture big, bulky lawnmowers that use up gas. But for one metro business owner, energy efficient lawn care is the wave of the future.

Geoff Weseman’s lawn mower, leaf blower and other equipment all run on batteries and solar power.

"It was just something that drew me to it, and I think it's going to draw other people to it as well," said Weseman. "The world as a whole, we're so dependent on fossil fuels and that kind of thing."

Solar power is the idea behind a business called Clean Air Lawn Care. But it's also an idea Weseman says you can use at your own home. It's not just the equipment, it's what goes on the grass, too. Some fertilizers have gotten a makeover. It's something we've seen with other local companies, too.

Omaha Organics Lawn Care, for example, says going green with lawn care is not a fad but rather a sign of the future.

Weseman admits there is one problem he hopes can change in the future: the price of going green.

"If you look at cell phones. Think about what has happened to them in the past 10 years. Now, they're basically pocket computers," said Weseman

Despite the higher price tag, Weseman thinks it's only a matter of time before things change for good.

"I think the whole shift is starting to go that way. It's more of a grassroots movement. It's the little guys that are making the difference,” Weseman said.

A difference he thinks will take hold in the years to come. Store like Lowe’s and Menards already carry these types of mowers. They range from $200 to $500 in price.

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