Statistics inspired John DeFilippi to find a way to cut grass in an environmentally friendly way.
BOULDER, Colo. – Entrepreneur John DeFilippi was looking for a new business venture when he stumbled upon a statistic about the effects of lawn care on the environment. Five percent of urban air pollution comes from gas-powered lawn equipment, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
"That was shocking to me," DeFilippi said. "When you're going up against automobiles, trucks and manufacturing plants, that's a pretty large figure."
The statistics inspired DeFilippi to find a way to cut grass in an environmentally friendly way.
In April, DeFilippi opened ecoLogical Lawn Care, offering weekly grass cutting, aerating, organic fertilizing, seeding, sprinkler maintenance, cleanups and low-impact landscaping. DeFilippi has about 75 customers, but hopes to build that to 250 by next year.
"One reason why I decided to push forward with this business is, as best as I can tell, there isn't a full-service, lawn and yard, eco-friendly company out there," DeFilippi said.
The mowers and weed trimmers DeFilippi uses are electric-powered for small- to medium-sized residential properties. For larger projects he uses propane mowers, which he converts from gas, because electric doesn't have the battery strength.
"We found it cheaper to convert our own equipment at this point," DeFilippi said.
DeFilippi added that electric and propane mowers and weed trimmers also run quieter than gas-powered equipment.
"People really like that," DeFilippi said. "Rather than having a bunch of guys fire up a lot of large equipment at once, people hardly notice we are there."
DeFilippi said his prices are higher than other companies because sometimes it takes them longer to mow because the electric mowers don't have the same power efficiency as gas.
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