Sept. 24 2019 12:00 AM

Mowers powered by alternative fuels are part of the gift.

If the turf around the monuments in Washington D.C., starts looking a lot spiffier soon, thank the John Deere company. According to an Associated Press story aired on Washington, D.C.’s WJLA-TV, the Moline, Illinois-based manufacturer just donated a new fleet of equipment to The Trust for the National Mall.

The donated equipment includes alternative-fuel mowers and maintenance equipment, some $400,000 worth, to help care for newly restored sections of turf on the Mall, including the grass panels between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument.

This is not the first time the company has provided equipment for use at the National Mall; it’s been doing so since 2013.

Deere officials made the announcement as part of an early celebration of National Public Lands Day, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of the need to care for our national parks.

In a statement, Caroline Cunningham of the Trust for the National Mall said the gift will help protect the National Park Service’s efforts to restore the country’s most-visited national park.