Lawn care professionals in Michigan, and anyone passionate about keeping a well-manicured yard, might be annoyed by this news.

It's not often we learn of a common yard tool being banned, but it happened.

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Gas powered lawn equipment under fire.

Ann Arbor's city council has voted 10-0 in favor of a new ordinance to ban gas-powered leaf blowers, according to MLive.

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Council has deemed the machines noisy, air polluters and a health risk to users.

Ann Arbor City Hall & Government Offices 301 E Huron Street. Credit: Google Street View
Ann Arbor City Hall & Government Offices 301 E Huron Street. Credit: Google Street View
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Is Ann Arbor's Leaf Blower Ban Immediate?

The ban is being implemented over the course of four years.

  • Effective immediately gas-powered leaf blowers can be used only in the months of October through May (no summer usage effective 2024).
  • January 1, 2028, there will be a complete ban on gas-powered leaf blowers in Ann Arbor.

Of course, exceptions exist.

  • Contractors can use them while working on construction projects involving streets, sidewalks and paving.
  • Emergency situations like cleaning up after storm damage, health, safety and property clearing are allowed.
Trees at the intersection of State Street & Huron Street. Credit Google Street View
Trees at the intersection of State Street & Huron Street. Credit Google Street View
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What is the Ann Arbor Leaf Blower Ordinance Penalty?

Fines will be in the form of tickets issued by police when someone complains.

  • $100 first offense
  • $250 for second offense and any additional offenses.

Fines collected for violations will be put "toward helping low-income residents and small businesses purchase electric leaf blowers."

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