Chris Howell, NewsOn6.com
TULSA, OK -- Diane Perkins is an organic gardener who wants to keep her property as pollutant-free as possible.
"Awareness of the environment is heightening with me, so I wanted to do my part," Perkins said. "I thought I needed all the help I could get, and I knew she was tuned-in the minute that I talked to her on the phone."
Diane called Terri Higgs with Reel Mowing, a company with a different take on lawn maintenance; it shuns the use of gasoline-powered equipment. Higgsi had the idea for a business a year ago when her father bought her a reel mower and she found it didn't affect her allergies.
"I call it earth-friendly lawn care," said Higgs. "There are earth-friendly lawn care businesses all over the country, I couldn't find any others in Oklahoma so I thought well, someone should be doing this, why not me?"
Higgs calls it girl-powered lawn maintenance, and although she insists it is easy to push the non-motorized mower, she also admits it does take some energy.
"I eat a lot more now because it does take a lot of energy, I no longer go to the gym to work out with weights," she said. "It's not just about oil, no oil, it's kind of a quality of life issue for me. It's just a little nicer, I wouldn't want to come mow this lawn in this beautiful garden if I couldn't hear the birds sing."
The phone number for Reel Mowing is 918-691-5691.