I'll admit, I had no idea that grass could be such a hot button issue (and this confusing!).

To be fair, I've lived in a condo for a long time, so I don't have to know all the ins and outs of my municipality's lawn maintenance rules.

But, if you're a homeowner, you'll definitely want to familiarize yourself with your town's ordinances when it comes to lawn care.

Most municipalities have rules regarding lawns and how long the grass can be, some more specific than others.

Toms River for example, just says that, "All lawn or other nonpaved areas shall be kept trimmed and free from weeds and other noxious growth."

As far as what you can and can't do with your lawn clippings, Ocean County as a whole encourages "grasscycling", or leaving the clippings on your lawn as natural fertilizer.

Some towns allow you to put your grass clippings in plastic bags while others don't and require you to use paper bags.

What about just blowing your lawn leftovers in the road?

That's a big no-no in most townships (like Manchester, for example).

The big takeaway that I got from all of this, though, is that it's up to us to know what our local rules are.

With 33 different municipalities in the county, what's perfectly acceptable in one neighborhood may get you a ticket in another, so when you move to a new town Google could be your best friend as far as learning the local rules before you get a code enforcement officer knocking on your door!

 

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