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What is the mileage of a lawn mower? A Greener Lawn

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  • Gene Caballero
  • October 17, 2021

Have you ever wondered what the mileage of a lawn mower is? We don’t often consider the mileage of small engines in the same way that we do with our cars. But sometimes you have to wonder. Just how efficient is a lawn mower engine?

How much gas does my lawn mower burn in an hour?

In just one hour of running your lawn mower can create the same amount of pollution as a trip from Washington, DC to Baltimore, Maryland. Which is 40 miles. 

How much gas is used annually to power lawn mowers?

Each year American’s use 600 million gallons of fuel, which is enough to fill 7 Rose Bowl stadiums to the brim!

How much gasoline is spilled each year due to lawn mowers?

About 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled on the ground annually. This is enough to fill 340 rail tank trucks which would stretch more than 3.2 miles. 

How much water is used on the lawn annually?

 In urban areas it is estimated that as much as 60% of water is used to water lawns. 

Can I improve the efficiency of my lawn mower?

Yes, by properly maintaining your lawn mower you can improve its efficiency. Be sure to sharpen the blades every 20 hours of use and inspect and replace your air filters regularly. 

Is there a more sustainable grass variety?

Yes, according to this infographic buffalo grass is the more sustainable option. Buffalo Grass rarely needs to be cut, if ever, depending on your region.  Better yet it requires little fertilizer and less water than other grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass.


At the end of the day, while lawns are an American icon, and mowing lawns is a great American pastime. We should consider the impact these machines are playing on the environment and the generations to come. This infographic comes from the Fix, Be sure to share this infographic with your friends and family so we can all better understand the impacts lawn mowing has on the environment. 

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