Restrictions Run Rampant

As restrictions on members of the Green Industry continue to creep up, it’s time for dealers and contractors to speak up.

We've been sharing a lot of news on about a number of new restrictions being placed on landscapers in communities across the U.S this spring. Here are a few of the recently enacted or proposed restrictions we've reported on:

  • In one Texas community, they are limiting how much of a lawn can be landscaped with turfgrass and watered with spray irrigation systems for future residential construction. (Read more here.)
  • Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer Law has added new restrictions, including fertilizer blackout periods, no applications within 10-15 feet of waterways (depending on applicator), and the prohibition of use of lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus, among other restrictions. (Read more here.)
  • The proposed expansion of the definition "waters of the U.S." under the Clean Water Act would subject all waters to regulation, including man-made water bodies, rights-of-way, golf course ponds, ditches and flood plains. (Read more here.)
  • The East Hampton Village Board in East Hampton, NY, is implementing new restrictions on landscapers with the chief objective being to limit noise on construction and landscaping jobsites. The rules impact workday start times, varying with gas- or diesel-powered equipment as well as the time of year or weekends. (Read more here.)

Dealers and contractors should work together to find solutions that support the success of their businesses while appeasing the local community. Discuss your equipment and lawn care options.

Being socially and environmentally responsible could help limit the needs of such restrictions. By acting proactively, dealers and contractors could protect personal interests and lower the impacts of these restrictions on the Green Industry.

And just like a disgruntled customer is more vocal than a happy one, advocates against the use of certain chemicals and equipment, will work hard to be heard. Dealers and contractors should loudly advocate for the freedoms of the members of the Green Industry and illustrate their proactive and responsible conduct.