How to Take Care of Home Garden from Climate Change?
We all including the gardeners are now experiencing warmer-than-usual summers. Also, our winters are skimpy snow cover that has gone from the exception to the expected. In short, today’s climate is has got the vast difference from that of 15 to 20 years ago. Moreover, the climate is not equally changing across the country.
We are losing our deep forest areas and trees are becoming stressed by droughts. With less snow cover in the winter and less or extreme rainfall, it is challenging task for us to take care of the man made lawn or beautifully made gardens. Climate changes are becoming extremes in weather with unpredictable situation especially it very effect on fruit and vegetable in particular.
So now is the time to realise that your plants are not performing well especially the water guzzlers. When we are considering the gardening as one of the solutions for this extreme climate change, we should know the meaning of carbon footprints.
What is Carbon Footprint?
“Carbon footprint” is one of the metrics for how much carbon pollution can be produced by an individual or other entity or a nation. It is measured as the direct quantity of carbon emitted. For our easiness, a carbon footprint is measured in pounds as the amount of carbon produced per year.
We all are worried about increasing portion of greenhouse gases and conscious of their carbon footprint. Collectively we also take interest in taking positive steps to reduce their contribution to greenhouse gases. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is a key contributor to climate change and is also considered a greenhouse gas.
As we know it is little difficult to calculate total carbon footprint produced, there are some ways to count the impacts of particular actions. One is mowing a lawn, by electric lawn mower or gas lawn mower. We should know that gas-powered lawn mowers produce electric times as much pollution as a new car. The carbon footprint of a lawn mower used by you depends on how big the machine and your lawn is. Also, the carbon footprints count on what type of mower you use. There are mainly two types of garden lawn mowers. One is gas lawn mower and second is an electric lawn mower, then push reel lawn mower, etc.
Electric Lawn Mower
Electric Lawn Mower produces least or the lowest carbon. By calculating the power rating mentioned on a machine or user manual, we can count the carbon footprints (You can check the more options of electric lawn mower at virtuereview.com). You can find it by following method.
Electricity = (lawn mower power rating in kilowatts) X (hours your mow the lawn) x (number of times you mow per year).
Carbon footprint = (kilowatt-hours) x (1 pound carbon per kilowatt-hour)
Let’s easy the calculation be. For example, if you mow the lawn for two hour, total 20 times a year and one-time mowing consume 1.44 kilowatts, then the calculation will be:
1.44 kilowatts X 2-hours x 20 mowing per year = 57.6 kilowatt-hours, so
Carbon Footprint = 57.6 kilowatt-hours x 1 pound per kilowatt-hour = 57.6 pounds of carbon per year.