Is your garden work restricted by local laws?
June 4, 2009 6:25am CST
Here in Germany I am not allowed to mow the lawn or do anything which makes a noise on Sundays or public holidays. Most people do not work at all on those days. Since I am only at the house where my garden is at weekends or holidays it is an annoying inconvenience for me. I do work but make sure nobody can hear me! In the U.K. Sundays and holidays were used to catch up with all garden jobs. Do you have any restrictions on what you can do on certain days?
• United States
5 Jun 09
yes. In the winter time we have 0ne day a week to water then spring 3 days a week then they move to every day thru the summer time and each part of town has its watering days and ya cant water between 11 am and 7 pm. those are the realy drying out hours when its the hottest part of the day!
• United States
7 Jun 09
I think the only restriction is if the noise is within nusance laws volume & time frames. Otherwise it's just common courtesy to keep the noise down. I would love to see things closed on Sundays like it used to be before I was born. But most everything is open on Sundays except banks and a few small businesses. The only time where the majority close is when it's a big holiday... like Christmas.
5 Jun 09
Where I live it's fine to mow the lawn when ever you like -but with respect to the people around you it's a "unspoken rule" not to do it to early in the morning/to late at night. I know that in some areas in Sweden it's restricted to a couple of times a week when they are allowed to mow the lawn - but what if you're working tohse hours - I bet it's not okay not to mow it either....
7 Jun 09
Hi mammamuh, I always avoid late evening or early morning but it is also forbidden between 12noon and 1pm. Xneighbour has a young baby and asked me not to do it between 3 and 4 pm when the baby is sleeping! I have a large lawn that needs 2 and a half hours so you can see my problem.
8 Jun 09
Yep, sure is. In my town there is a little-known bylaw about not mowing on Sundays, as well (I live in Quebec, Canada). There was one summer in recent memory where the police started enforcing it and issuing tickets for noise :( There was SUCH an uproar because, with people working during the week, they tend to need to do yardwork on the weekends - and I don't know anyone that ever objected to it unless someone fired up their mower at like 5AM or something LOL I hear people mowing on Sundays all the time now but apparently you will only get ticketed if someone registers a complaint. So, you have to be sure to be on good terms with your neighbors LOL We have watering restrictions - and they are always in effect so no one has to question that. Watering days coincide with your street address. So, if your civic number is 123, you can water your lawn and garden on odd dates. Your neighbor at #122 would water on even dates. Lawns can be watered only between 9PM and midnight, so I have a timer for my hose. This restriction also applies to other uses for water, like washing cars, so people are expected to use a bucket, not constantly run a hose. It sounds harsh but, since this has been in effect, we've never had any problems with water or rationing even during the hottest, driest periods of the year. We also can't use pesticides. Local stores, though, are cognizant of the bylaws so, if you can buy a product in the store, it's ok to use it. We had an infestation of white grubs in the past few years (fortunately, my lawn was spared!) but it was very hard for people to treat it because there were very few products available for that. Each year, a different area of town was hit and many people completely lost their lawns, since grubs eat the roots. But fortunately, if nothing else, it does work itself out.
8 Jun 09
Hi, thanks for your very informative response. I can see sense in the watering and pesticide controls. The late evening is the best time to water. During the day especially in hot climates a lot of the water is lost into the atmosphere. I like the 9pm to midnight limitation. Somebody has been thinking. The grub problem is something I have heard about but never experienced. I make a brew using stinging nettles which I steep in a bucket or large plastic container filled with with water for several weeks until it really stinks. I use the brew as a general fertilizer and insect repellent. It controls the cabbage root fly grubs which love cauliflowers so might work on the lawn as well. It is effective and costs nothing.
8 Jun 09
Thanks so much! I love practical gardening suggestions like that! When something can be done for free and isn't going to damage anything, it's always worth trying. I agree on the watering -- at first, people were really upset, saying how inconvenient it would be. That was until they learned they could put their sprinkler on an inexpensive timer and not have to "wake up to turn the water off" which was the major complaint. Of course, like anything else, there are some that won't respect the bylaw, no matter what. One of my neighbors, he puts his sprinkler out in the BACK yard after dinner. He puts it on low enough that the water cannot be seen above the height of his fence. He waters his whole back yard this way. Then, when the "official" watering time hits at 9PM, he moves his sprinkler out to the FRONT yard and sets it going full force. I'll never say anything about it because I have no desire to have bad relationships with my neighbors but it does bother me when I'm trying hard to follow the regulations and still keep a nice yard and other people just proceed on their merry way, doing whatever they want. *sigh*