Noisy Landscapers the Subject of Chicagoland Legislators

Some Naperville residents say sleep and socializing trump mowing and blowing.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the Naperville, IL, City Council is looking into an ordinance change that would limit the hours landscapers can work.

Commercial landscapers are currently allowed to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Some are now suggesting that an 8 a.m. start time be put into effect—at the very least on the weekend.

Naperville’s mayor thinks landscapers should have to follow the same rules construction companies do, which is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays when within 90 feet of a residential area, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and absolutely no work on Sundays.

This debate all stems from residents who have reportedly been telling some councilmembers that they don’t like the noise from landscaping equipment interrupting either their sleep habits or weekend social gatherings.

Landscapers express concern because Sundays can become vital workdays when Mother Nature decides to disrupt work schedules throughout the week.

Naperville residents complaining about landscaping noise apparently haven’t thought about the damper that overgrowth, crabgrass and lawn fungus can have on their outdoor social gatherings, which in turn can lead to stress-induced sleep deprivation.