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Grass clippings pose roadway hazard, clog drains
07/14/2021

Lockhart has been receiving a lot of rain, increasing the need to mow lawns more often. However, the rain also contributes to improperly disposed grass clippings ending up where they are not supposed to, like the street and storm drains.

 

Here are some reasons why grass clippings are safety hazards:

  • Grass clippings clog storm drains. Clogged drains can cause water to back up onto private property.
  • Gardening chemicals, like fertilizer, in grass clippings can affect aquatic life. When grass clippings make into the City’s drainage system, they end up in local waterways, rivers, and streams.
  • Wet grass clippings can be slippery for motorcyclists and bicyclists.

Also, blowing or dumping grass clippings, leaves, or any form of yard waste into the street is prohibited under Lockhart City Code.

 

Here’s what you can do instead:

  • Collect grass clippings and/or other yard debris into a trash bag and dispose them like regular garbage.
  • Keep your grass clippings on the lawn. It can serve as free fertilizer! According to the U.S. EPA, leaving your grass clippings on the lawn doesn’t cause thatch build up; they filter into the ground and naturally decompose.

 


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