Letter to the Editor: Bill to ban leaf blowers would benefit the environment

Some community members have sought a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, citing noise and environmental concerns. (Brian Kapur/The Current/June 2016)

Thank you for your Oct. 11 article about the pending leaf blower legislation. Many D.C. homeowners grew up watching “ChemLawn” and “LawnDoctor” ads on TV, but we must recognize that the Earth’s climate warming is real and human activities are mostly responsible.

We all need to rethink what our lawns should look like and at what price to the environment. We need to learn to see beauty in a more natural garden. I am tired of the landscaping companies’ complaints. These companies should be educating their customers about creating and maintaining environmentally friendly gardens.

I have especially resented their use of gas-powered leaf blowers in the dead of winter and in the summer when leaves and grass clippings are minimal and can be swept under bushes to rot and nourish the soil.

Unfortunately, landscaping companies have not chosen to regulate themselves or reduce their carbon footprint and therefore must be regulated. I hope that the 2016 bill introduced by Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will be assigned to another committee and that a hearing will be scheduled sometime in 2018.

Denise Paolella, Palisades