Ohio: Less grass-mowing would save millions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Many folks across Ohio who would rather stay on the couch Saturday afternoons watching sports or cooking shows on TV would probably like this idea for saving money: cut grass less often.

Trimming its annual mowing schedule from four to three times could save the Ohio Department of Transportation millions. That's according to a study by Auditor Dave Yost.

He estimates eliminating a mowing would save $7.4 million a year. Transportation workers are mowing some 70,000 linear miles each year, usually making the first cut before Memorial Day or when the grass is a foot high.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1021Cpw ) that Yost found 10 other states get by with three. The study says herbicide could be used to reduce mowing need.

He says simple solutions can have great impact.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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