May 30, 2024 - News

Columbus poll: What time is too early to mow your lawn?

Illustration of a lawnmower cutting grass as the day turns to night and back.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

As "#NoMowMay" comes to a close, we're asking readers: How early in the day is too early to mow?

  • Take our poll and make your voice heard. (Closes at noon Monday.)

State of play: An early morning start means avoiding hot, humid hours — but a sleepy neighbor may curse your existence.

The intrigue: Columbus' community noise ordinance says the "hourly average sound level" on residential properties can't exceed 60 dBA between 10pm and 7am, measured from within the affected home.

The bottom line: We don't condone mowing by moonlight, but if you've got an ultra-quiet lawnmower, it's technically not forbidden.

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