Julianne Moore and Clean Air Gardens

BY ON February 23, 2012

Julianne Moore's garden

After viewing Julianne Moore’s video (below), many of you commented that knowing she held such a strong reverence to protecting children’s health, made you fall in love with her even more. I actually held a mini-JM film festival and made my husband sit through a few of my favorites…

The Kids Are Alright, Crazy, Stupid Love, Nine Months, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, The End of the Affair, Far From Heaven…but, I could not bring myself to watch Hannibal again. Sorry, Julianne!

Julianne Moore in her gardenSo, when I spied Julianne Moore’s name on the cover of this month’s Architectural Digest, I grabbed a copy and lingered over the spread of Julianne’s flourishing garden. The photos present a green, lush outdoor retreat. The yard is even equipped with a canine comfort station for her dog, Cherry, and a freestanding basketball hoop for her “two sporty guys.”

Gardens in full bloom need constant maintenance. (Of course these photos, taken in New York City, were not shot during the winter months when gardens and yards are drearily lackluster.)

How do you keep your outdoor space well tended, and also keep the garden air clean?

It just so happens, the EPA has a wonderful document called, Your Yard and Clean Air:

Small power equipment emissions from lawn mowers, snow blowers, chain saws, leaf vacuums, and similar outdoor power equipment are a significant source of pollution. They emit high levels of carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. They also emit hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, pollutants that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. Ground-level ozone impairs lung function, inhibits plant growth, and is a key ingredient of smog.

Julianne Moore's garden

6 Ways To Prevent Air Pollution in Your Yard and Garden

By combining the strategies below, you can reduce your personal contribution to air pollution.

1. Avoid spilling gasoline.

Preventing spills and overfills is an easy and effective way for power equipment owners to prevent pollution. Even small gasoline spills evaporate and pollute the air.

2. Maintain your equipment.

Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance. Change oil and clean or replace air filters regularly. Use the proper fuel/oil mixture in two-stroke equipment. Get periodic tune-ups, maintain sharp mower blades, and keep the underside of the deck free of mold buildup.

3. Consider cleaner options.

Cleaner gasoline equipment such as propane and solar options are available for some types of equipment. Electric equipment is cleaner than equipment powered by gasoline engines. However, generating the power to run electric equipment does produce pollution.

4. Use manual tools.

Tools that don’t require electric or gasoline engines are the cleanest for the air. Push mowers that generate no emissions.

5. Reduce mowing time.

Decrease lawn area and plant additional trees and shrubs to reduce the energy costs of heating and cooling your house and to provide landscaping for wildlife.

6. Recycle old equipment.

Instead of selling or giving away your old lawn and garden power tools, take them to a recycling center where they can be converted into raw material for use in cleaner equipment.



Photos: Architectural Digest


TOPICS: Air Pollution

  • Great post! I love Julianne’s films! Have you checked out The Forgotten? Very good suspensful film. I had the opportunity to meet her recently with my sons and I can totally understand how people can fall in love with her personality – so humble and outgoing.

    I don’t have a garden to take care of (yet) but these sound like great tips, especially about finding cleaner equipment!


  • Thanks, Tiffany. Can not remember if I’ve seen The Forgotten or not, but will check.

    Yes, I love this post on your site with the photo of Julianne and your sons! http://www.tristinandtyler.com/friday-finds-freckleface-strawberry-w-julianne-moore/

  • Great video and list of helpful tips…Gracias for sharing!

  • Thank you so much for this article! So inspiring. And another great film with Julianne Moore is Children of Men. It is intense and deeply meaningful.

  • Barbara

    Great recommendations. I wish you would add #7 which would be, “Don’t burn.” Backyard campfires are the latest rage in my neighborhood and produce huge amounts of pollution. Burning in fireplaces and wood stoves are also at an all-time high. Burning wood emits fine particle pollution and many toxins such as mercury, formaldehyde, benzene, arsenic and other cancer-causing chemicals. The smoke from one fire can cause a fatal asthma attack or heart attack. Wood smoke is, in my opinion, the most overlooked, unrecognized pollutant in our neighborhoods. The soot and chemicals fall directly into our gardens. It is harmful to the environment, as well as to humans and animals .

  • Julianne,

    Yes, a lot of people feel as you do, thanks for standing with all of us. This fight, will not be easy, but with the help of celebrities like you and others. We, can put a stop to big business, and how they destroy the air we all breath. But, we are going to need to stand together.

    Thanks for caring 🙂

    Be good, be safe, be at peace in Jesus.

  • Monday 27 012

    Marianne, thank you for this note and cleaning the air we breath. It’s the real thing wherever you go! I wish i could tell you how much I have enjoyed your films and where I am in film making. Right now it’s a developing desire to be with the making of filming the sea1. Cap Dino Thanks again for the clean air we breath each day!

  • Steve

    I was with you 100% on all of your points until number 6. Where you posted; “Instead of selling or giving away your old lawn and garden power tools, take them to a recycling center where they can be converted into raw material for use in cleaner equipment.”.
    Why would you take something that runs and not sell it or give it to someone in need? The smelting process for metal is far more Hazardous than just using some things until they break.
    We all share different perspectives but, I think, we want the same outcome. Cleaner air, less pollution and to be more Earth conscious.

  • bud

    “Leaf vacuums” are a thin disguise. They are almost never used as vacuums (in S. Calif. where I live), but as blowers. Efforts to regulate them on the basis of their noise is a dangerous red-herring. The noise cannot do physical harm and (little emotional harm). The emissions from the small engines is harmful but takes a weak second place to the materials put into the air by the 150 mph blowing. We should worry about the micron-sized particles (PM-10) put into aerosol form by this blowing. Even if they are simply alumino-silicates (i.e. the natural earth’s crust) they are a dangerous size because they fit into and disable alveolar passages in the lungs (silicosis, black lung, etc.). Their size also gives them a huge surface area (order of hundreds of square meters per gram) upon which many common and dangerous substances can be adsorbed and then efficiently delivered to the human bloodstream. A partial list of dangerous substances includes pesticides (DDT, Dieldrin, etc) , plasticizers (PCB, BPTE, phthalates, etc.), plastics (particularly their monomers such as BPA and styrene), heavy metals (lead, mercury), asbestos and radionuclides. Even though some of these substances have been banned for open cycle use, they are still found in soils and aerosol fallout, especially in urban areas. Without human intervention with 150 mph blowers, micron-sized particles agglomerate and are trapped in soils and sediments. To blow them back into the air over and over again and thus to breath them again and again is, not to put to fine a point on it, stupid.

  • Steve

    Just love ya. Thanks for speaking out.

  • Emily Copeland

    For those that want a powered mower my electric mower is GREAT still going strong after 3 years of use. I have some of the toughest grass in the world to mow. I live in the Pacific NW. The grass never stops growing. It’s always wet and thick and grows like crazy. Black and Decker electric mowers are awesome. I also use manual tools like a weed whip and scythe to get into spaces the mower doesn’t go. The weed whip is a great ab workout. Better than all of that rip up your lawn and grow plants that are much more useful than grass. Grow food for yourself and pollinators that are in trouble like bees, butterflies, and birds. Plant some flower for them and teach your kids to love our planet. It’s way more fun than grass!

  • Hi Bud,

    At one point AZ had a Anti- Leaf Blower bill in the house ( 2001), with no success at passing. I am aware of 20 California cities banning gas leaf blowers.. Any county, city municipality that you are aware of with recent success in banning leaf blowers? I would appreciate any information to help proceed with a movement in my community of Tempe, AZ.