Gas Powered No-Mow! Regulators Across U.S. Look To End Gas Lawn Equipment

Eric Scheiner | May 3, 2023
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Regulators feel your lawn may be contributing to climate change and noise pollution so the move to ban gas powered lawn equipment is on.

USA Today reports:

Among cities and states with bans or limits: California; Burlington, Vermont; and Washington, D.C. Vancouver, British Columbia, also has restrictions in place.

California is set to no longer allow the sale of new small gas engines in 2024.

The Washington Times reports that more than 100 local governments have enacted at least partial bans on gas powered lawn equipment:

The days are numbered for gasoline-powered lawn care equipment such as mowers, leaf blowers and string trimmers with Democratic officials increasingly looking to ban them.


Minn. State Reps. Jerry Newton and Heather Edelson, have introduced legislation that would block the sale of landscaping appliances that run on gas, requiring that only electric battery versions be sold.

The Grand Rapids Herald Review reports that Sen. Justin Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids) said even riding lawn mowers would be subject to the proposed lawn and garden gas-powered ban law.

Related: Cali Bureaucrats Bans Sale of Diesel Trucks After 2036

NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth notes that:

Citing health, noise and environmental concerns, Dallas officials are developing plans to phase out the use of gas-powered tools for city departments, contractors, businesses and residents by 2027 or 2030. The ban would mandate use of alternative devices, like ones powered by electricity.

The city is hiring a consultant group to help flesh out a transition plan and evaluate its impact on the public. Dallas officials, for example, don’t know how feasible it is for the average resident to switch to non-gasoline equipment or how many lawn care and landscaping businesses operate in the city.

Those that work in landscaping are less than enthused about converting over to electric landscaping gear, with some saying the increased costs and inadequate performance of the electric tools will raise prices for everyone.

“I guarantee you there’d be a 30% price rise immediately just because of the commercial-level mowers,” Mitch McGowan, owner of Dot Dirt Organic Landscapes in Dallas, said in an interview published in the Washington Times.“Customers are not welcome to that at all.”

“Do they want to spend that much extra money for the extra labor hours, because your blowers, mowers and trimmers just aren’t as powerful?”

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