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Blowing In the Wind

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kklein, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. kklein

    kklein LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    As I prepare to purchase a new blower for the upcoming season (most likely a Stihl) I have been told that blowing any excess clipping into the street is illegal - it has to do with stormwater drainage. Since then, I have been trying to blow the excess back into the grass, bit there is still remaining grass clipping that I still have to blow out into the street.

    Have any of you guys heard of this? If so, how do you tackle this problem?

    Thanks for any help you can provide!

    Ken Klein
    Have Mower Will Travel

    1996 Ford Aerostar Minivan
    52" Hustler Mini-Z
    21" Snapper Commercial WB
    Shindaiwa String Trimmer
    Sears Craftsman Blower
  2. Mow2nd-2

    Mow2nd-2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Blow The Extra Back In The Yard Also Then Blow The Grass Clippings To Fan It Out On The Yard
  3. Mow2nd-2

    Mow2nd-2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    And It Is Illegal To Blow In To The Street And They Will Ticket You Trust Me I Know!(been There Done That,lol)
  4. CoreyD

    CoreyD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    lol.... who comes by and fines you for blowing grass clippings on the streets? i do that all the time.... i never herd of it being illegal.... i always end up blowing clippings off the streets tho.... cause it makes the house look better.... i dont think theres anything wrong with blowing clippings in the streets as long as your gonna blow them back into the yard after your done.... thats how i do it
  5. Herrick

    Herrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    As far as if it's illegal or not, I'm not sure, probably would depend on local ordanices, but I know it does clog up storm sewer inlets and pipes and can cause serious problems over time. (I work with Civil Engineers on a daily basis in my regular job). Plus I think it looks aweful. I don't think it would hurt as long as you don't leave the clippings there.
  6. Gaturf

    Gaturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    buy a walker or a navigator and you can suck up all the clippings.

  7. Mow2nd-2

    Mow2nd-2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    LOL, i know it sounds absurd, but i i was blowing off one day here in charlotte nc, when an officier pulled up and gave me a warning ticket for blowing clippings into the street and informed me i could be fined up to $1000, i don't know about everywhere else but here in charlotte its against the law
  8. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    8 years of cutting and have never had a run in with cops about grass. Here they are more worried about leaving enough room for other cars when your parked on the side of the road. They keep telling us 9 ft from center line to the trailer or we will get a ticket. ( I think I'm buying a ruler for the truck this year)

    But back to your blower issue. Why blow grass in the street anyways? If your blasting a whole pass into the street then you should change your ways. It would be faster for you to mow throwing into the lawn on the second pass then double back with deck up some to make the lines match up. Some grass will almost always get in the street but you should limit how much goes there. And yes you should blow whatever is on the road back onto the lawn. If there is a lot then go over the area blowing clippings back down into the lawn.

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