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City of Pleasant Hill

Posted on: May 12, 2021

Save the Storm Sewer. No Grass Clippings in Streets.

Grass clippings

It's that time again, please keep grass clippings in the yard
Blowing or leaving grass clippings and other debris in the street during yard maintenance is hard on the storm sewer system, looks bad and is illegal.
The City considers the act of leaving yard trimmings and similar material in the street a Municipal Code violation. Code enforcement officers and police officers can issue citations to mowing contractors, lawn maintenance companies and homeowners who fail to properly collect and dispose of this material.
Besides being a Municipal Code violation, grass clippings can also clog the City’s storm water drain system. When drains are clogged with clippings and debris, rain and storm water can back up and flood homes and property. Storm water is not treated after entering the storm drains so any debris entering the drains can create issues in pipes and eventually in streams.
After mowing, grass clippings should be blown back into the lawn and/or mowers with a side discharge can move in a direction to prevent clippings from entering the street. Grass clippings will decompose quickly and provide an essential source of nutrients and organic matter for the lawn; this can replace small amounts of fertilization each year.

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