Lawn mowing season is upon us and there are rules we've got to follow. This isn't one of those don't mow the lawn too early posts either, this is very important.

I was driving on western New York the other day when I came upon grass clippings in on side of a highway. I don't own a motorcycle, but this is very dangerous for riders.

New York Lawn Mower Law Can Mean Life Or Death


New York State Law

Just a friendly reminder as warmer weather approaches: NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1219 prohibits any substance that is likely to cause injury from being placed on highways. If grass clippings from a lawn mower are either accidentally blown or intentionally deposited onto the pavement, homeowners are legally obligated to remove them immediately.


The danger? Grass clippings can contribute to motorcycle crashes. Grass clippings on roads reduce a motorcycle's traction and can lead to a loss of control for the driver. A biker traveling at high speeds may fail to see these clippings in time, resulting in a motorcycle crash.

Yes, there are other objects that riders can lose traction on, but this one is very preventable. Just blow the discharge in the other direction! The other thing you can do is sweep up after yourself if you must blow the grass clippings in that direction.

Ride-on lawn mower cutting grass. Focus on grasses in air.
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What is 'No Mow May'

It's all about helping the pollinators. Like bees.


The start of the growing season is a critical time for hungry, newly emerged native bees. Floral resources may be hard to find, especially in urban and suburban landscapes. By allowing it to grow longer, and letting flowers bloom, your lawn can provide nectar and pollen to help your bee neighbors thrive.

Mowing less creates habitat and can increase the abundance and diversity of wildlife including bees and other pollinators. One way to reduce mowing is by participating in No Mow April, No Mow May, or Low Mow Spring.

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