Autumn Leaves

Tip of the Week: Choose Alternatives to Gas Leaf Blowers

It’s almost fall and time for the leaf raking (or leaf blowing) to commence. Consider keeping the peace and healthier air by raking leaves by hand or hiring a service that will use hand raking or an electric leaf blower. Green Newton has put together a list of providers that offer this service.

Newton’s summer ban on use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers ended on Labor Day. After Labor Day, the gas, electric or battery-powered 65 decibel leaf blowers or lower are allowed Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm, and Saturdays, 8am-5pm. All leaf blower use is prohibited on Sundays, except by residents on their own property between 9am-5pm, and by owners of 30 or more contiguous acres of property between 9:30am and noon. The decibel rating of all leaf blowers must be labeled on the machines.

Leaf blower violations should be reported to the Newton Police Department at 617-796-2100 and wait for the prompt for dispatch.