Grass clippings left in the road:
- look bad
- are bad for the environment
- clog storm drains, cause flooding, and increase maintenance costs for tax payers
- are hazardous to motorists and cyclists
- can lead to fines
The Alachua County Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code (Chapter 78.09) prohibits washing, sweeping, or blowing vegetative debris into storm drains, ditches, waterbodies, sidewalks, and roads. Fines can be issued to those that are caught violating this code.
When it rains grass clippings and other vegetative debris is washed down our storm drains and into our stormwater collection systems. If this material does not clog up the system, it often ends up in stormwater basins, creeks, or lakes where they start to decay. This process consumes oxygen while releasing nutrients and can lead to algal blooms and fish kills.
According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension, grass clippings are beneficial to lawns and provide free nutrients for your grass and other plants, so blow them back up onto your yard. Leaves can be used as mulch, composted, or put in paper bags or re-usable containers for your waste disposal company to pick up. Thanks for helping to keep grass off the streets!
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Get Your Temporary Yard Signs and Vehicle Magnets!
We need lawn care professionals to help us get the word out about the importance of properly managing yard wastes. We know that sometimes you have to create a temporary mess in the process of maintaining landscapes. You can use these temporary signs while working in an area to ensure that everyone knows that you intend to clean up the yard wastes before leaving the sites. This reflects well on your business and helps homeowners realize that they need to do their part to protect our waterways and stormwater system.
Call Emily at 352-264-6809 to pick up some yard signs or vehicle magnets (while supplies last)
Do you have a public place where you can hang up a poster to remind everyone of the importance of properly managing yard waste? If so, contact Emily at 352-264-6809