Lawn Mowing Laws?

Homeowners who are cutting their own grass or lawn care professionals will want to ensure that when they mow, they are not blowing the clippings into the street.

Most lawn care professionals rake and bag the grass or mulch it or use other methods to remove it from the premises, but some homeowners are simply not picking up the grass. They don’t know about the codes say that blowing the lawn clippings anywhere except your own yard could qualify you for a fine. Blowing lawn clippings into the street is a violation of Virginia Code.

According to VA Code 18.2-324, putting grass clippings in the road can create a hazard to people who are traveling on the roadway. While that traditionally means cars,it also means people on motorcycles as well as bicycles.

“Grass clippings left on the road are not likely to create any hazard for cars, but if the clippings are thick or wet they could very easily cause traction problems for cyclists, particularly bicyclists,” said NBC12 legal analyst Betty Layne DesPortes.

In a news broadcast, she asserted that “if the grass clippings create a traveling hazard, a person would be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of $2,500. Be courteous, take an extra minute, and sweep up your grass clippings,” she concluded.

“You don’t want to go to jail, or worse, cause serious injury to someone.”

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