Power Leaf Blowing

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Power Leaf Blowing

Leaf blowing may offer some conveniences for doing yard work, but it comes with responsibilities in being a considerate, law‑abiding neighbor.

What's the Impact?

Improper use of leaf blowers may lead to:
  • Pollution of our bays and waterways
  • Neighborhood flooding caused by clogged storm drains
  • Noise and air pollution
Debris in our streets and storm drains can cause water quality problems in our creeks, lakes and surrounding bays. These problems include fish kills, algae blooms, odors and other concerns.

Enforcement

City ordinances prohibit blowing or depositing leaves, yard clippings or other debris into the public right-of-way, another property, city streets, alleys or storm drains. Violating these city restrictions may result in fines up to $500 for each occurrence. City ordinance allows the use of leaf blowers and other power tools 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Proper Leaf Blowing

Encourage healthy yards and prevent excess nutrients from entering our storm drains and polluting our waterways by using these techniques. 

Dispose of Them

Collect leaves and landscaping waste to compost them, use curbside pick-up or dispose of them at one of the city’s brush sites.

Use Them

Mulch them into the lawn or blow them into landscape beds to recycle nutrients. They’ll decompose, returning nutrients to the soil. Additionally, they can help keep sand out of the streets and stabilize loose soils. 

How to Get in Touch

To report Violations

Mayor’s Action Center: 727-893-7111

SeeClickFix Website: www.seeclickfix.com/st-petersburg (Mobile app available)

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