I was walking my dog today and saw a man start up a gas powered lawn mower to mow his small lawn. The noise was deafening. When I went home two blocks away, the noise was so loud I closed all my windows and could still hear it. I thought of my friend who is undergoing chemotherapy, and tells me that often when she tries to rest before her children come home from school, she can't because someone in the neighborhood has fired up their weed whacker, lawn mower or leaf blower. Once one person finally stops, another begins.
I see people on weekend mornings blasting away, when many people are trying to rest after a week of hard work.
There are babies, sick people and elderly people who need naps, but can't get them because of all the noise from these machines.
If you reasearch noise and health, you will find that loud noise has a real and serious effect on human health.
The emissions from lawn mowers are pollutants. They contribute to gound-level ozone and cause smog. Ozone is harmful to human respiratory systems and ecosystems.
Your lawn does not need to look perfect. Good enough is best for the earth and everyone's health. Hand and electric powered mowers do a good enough job, and everyone and everything benefits.