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London considers changes to noise bylaw that would restrict usage of gas-powered tools

Landscapers, homeowners would have fewer hours in the day to mow, blow leaves

May 23, 2024  By Turf & Rec

The City of London, Ont. is considering a change to a local bylaw that would restrict the use of gas-powered lawn care equipment to fewer hours of the day.

Currently, landscaping and lawn care professionals, as well as homeowners, can use gas mowers, leaf blowers and other landscaping tools between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. But it’s been proposed by the city’s civic works committee that those hours be shortened to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. due to the noise levels of gasoline-powered equipment.

Although city golf courses are exempt from the noise bylaw, local landscaping businesses aren’t enamoured by the proposed change to the bylaw. It would mean having to use battery-powered or electric equipment beyond the proposed time limits.

One landscaper said battery-powered leaf blowers can’t generate the same power as their gasoline counterparts and would hamper productivity. He added having to lug several pounds’ worth of batteries up a tree to operate a chain saw is impractical.

This article is part of the Equipment Week.

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