from Irrigation and Green Industry Newsletter Mowers & Power Equipment Restricted One of the wealthiest small towns on the East Coast, Chevy Chase Village, Maryland, located just outside of Washington, D.C., recently banned all power landscape equipment use, including lawn mowers, after 6 p.m. Even though the county allows power tool use until 9 p.m., Chevy Chase Village residents and professional landscape service crews will have to turn off their lawn mowers and leaf blowers three hours earlier. Under the new ordinance, the operation of power landscaping equipment is prohibited between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. on weekends. However, the new restrictions arent unanimously applauded. Some residents say the ordinance goes too far, calling it a classic example of government overreach. "It's using a sledgehammer to kill a gnat," the secretary of the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers said. Even proponents of the ban acknowledge that the law is overly restrictive, and would prefer the time limitation apply only to landscape professionals. "Every aspect of life seems to be regulated here. You'd expect an ordinance like this in a gated community, but this is crossing the line. Cutting your grass is about as American as it gets, a resident said. In response, the boards vice chairman issued a concise rebuttal for detractors: "Sorry, tough luck."