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Leaf Blower Noise Driving Ridgewood Residents Crazy

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, its been a less contentious leaf season so far this season but with so resident working from home the constant sound of leaf blower is driving residents crazy .  COVID19  has pushed many into a remote work environment  and remote learning environment .  This often means neighbors are hearing the sweet sound of power tools for the very first time .  Many have expressed frustration and the inability to enjoy the outdoors .

The Village of Ridgewood Commercial Code limits power tool use Monday to Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; and On Saturday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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Commercial use of power tools or landscaping and yard maintenance equipment and motorized construction equipment is permitted in the Village of Ridgewood in all residential zones or within 200 feet of a residential property line when such use is conducted on a commercial or industrial property during the following times only:

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From Monday to Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; and

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On Saturday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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Such operation is prohibited entirely on Sundays.

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Such operation is entirely prohibited on all federal holidays. The federal holidays are: New Year’s Day; Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Washington’s Birthday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans Day; Thanksgiving Day; and Christmas Day.

[Added 7-12-2017 by Ord. No. 3602]

 

48 thoughts on “Leaf Blower Noise Driving Ridgewood Residents Crazy

  1. Call 201-652-3900 option #3 to report violations. DO NOT CALL 911.

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  2. Attack of the landscaping companies….no one on my street cuts their own lawn anymore except me.

    I love when the crew cleans my neighbor’s driveway of snow at 2AM….

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  3. Really ? Don’t we have bigger things in the world to complain about right now ? Be thankful you’re home and healthy and get over the noise.

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  4. Really? Don’t we have bigger things to complain about in the world right now? Be thankful you’re home and healthy and get over the noise.

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  5. never gave it a thought till i worked from home all the time , a necessary evil

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  6. If this is a major concern for you, consider yourself lucky

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  7. Geez..get over it. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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  8. You know what it’s Thanksgiving week the weather is warm everyone should get out and clean their lawns up. Before it snows. Yes no Wants to hear leaf blowers all day long,And we all know it’s annoying especially when you’re working from home and the kids are home doing school from home, but like the post above thank God we can all hear that. What would you like to push up daisies. Think about it. It’s amazing every year someone complains about leaves just push them out to the curb.

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  9. How stupid is it to tell people how lucky they are to be at having a roof over their head and instead worry about the world’s problems. Hey nuts, people have a right to live and discuss other things in life and not just clap about Biden and screaming how Trump is not being presidential about accepting defeat. Take a deep breath and in a matter of days papa Joe will be crowned. As a matter of fact thanks to Trump we don’t have to worry about wars at the moment. As per the noise it is a big YES, it is a big problem especially when you have neighbors who every single weekends winter or summer bring out their heavy gas guns and shoot for hours every piece of leaf of grass in view. FOR HOURS on a weekend. No consideration for the neighbors at all. A sick obsession with “cleanliness”. A few leaves on the ground are pretty, it is a beautiful season. This is noise pollution at its worst and affects the quality of life for many families.

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  10. What a bunch of snowflakes.

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  11. I used to cut my lawn on the weekend………BECAUSE THE REST OF THE WEEK I WAS WORKING.
    Yes I was shouting the last part.
    If its too loud put some noise cancelling headphones on your Christmas list.

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  12. I blow my leaves at 4am I can because I have a. Quiet electric blower.

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  13. And when they don’t clean up leaves and they blow on your property more complaining…. You can always move 2 Sussex, much quieter….

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  14. If you are an able bodied person, which is most people, do yourself a favor, and get a rake. Not only is a good rake nearly just as fast on grass, but it’s quieter and gives a great workout. Personally, I’d rather burn the calories over gasoline. Leaves (pun) me feeling pretty good afterwards. The constant noise can get very annoying.

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  15. These machines could be much more quite and produce far less pollution. What is going on now is ridiculous. A little regulation would go a long for everyone.&

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  16. Just rake the leaves instead of blowing them.

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  17. We should absolutely ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. The noise pervades the entire neighborhood. And, yes, hearing loss is cumulative.

    Here’s a thought: use a rake (as I did)

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  18. Boy how I relate to this article! I don’t even reside in Ridgewood but have despised leaf blowers for many years now. I have often felt that the people who state “The noise isn’t that bad. Just get over it. Don’t you have better things to worry about.” are people who leave for work first thing in the AM & return in the evening. I have worked from home for several years now and that awful droning, high pitch scream from leaf blowers goes on all day! It is all consuming even being inside my house with the windows closed! I have purchased several professional grade white noise machines to try to drown the sound out but they don’t always work. In addition to the leaf blowers noise from the landscaper companies that descend onto our neighborhood daily, I also have an OCD leaf blower neighbor from hell! This neighbor is so obsessed with cleanliness that he must fire up his leaf blower for 20-30 mins (sometime longer) multiple times a week to blow a few stray leaves that have landed on his lawn or driveway. He treats his outdoor property as if it’s indoor carpeting! Actually I don’t think the average homeowner vacuums their carpeting as much as this guy blows his property!!! I’ve never seen anything like it! Tried talking to him nicely to see if he could reduce the frequency he uses his blower per week but he was belligerent & uncooperative. He’s not only disturbing me but two other neighbors that live on either side of him. For me leaf blowers have destroyed suburban living. I grew up in the neighborhood I currently reside in. I used to love to keep my windows open especially in the autumn months to let in that wonderful fresh crisp air. I’d hear the beautiful nature sounds & kids playing. Now all I hear is an overpowering sound of machinery that goes on from morning to dusk. It’s awful and so very sad to me. I hope gas leaf blowers are eventually banned. They pollute our environment and are a real noise nuisance.

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  19. Did leaf blowers suddenly become louder????

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  20. And while we’re banning blowers, let’s also put an end to lawn signs!

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  21. My crazy neighbor releases his weekly work stress by blowing away every fre@king weekend whenever he finds the time. It can happen at 9am or 1pm or 4pm and goes on for hours. Insane. He puts his large mufflers on and sets the hood on fire. Every leaf must leave his huge property. In the summer he starts with a tractor, then switches to push mower and closes with the leaf blower. The noise is deafening and all the while he doesn’t give a sh!t what the neighbors may feel. How can you rest on a weekend when you’re surrounded by ultrahigh pitching noise?

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  22. And when the neighbors property isn’t kept up complaining will proceed. The concept of “ leaf rakes are as proficient as gas powered blowers is comical to say the least. Actually embarrassing if you ask me .Delusional homeowner that clearly has no concept of physical labor aside from getting dressed up in work gear and “ raking “. Sounds very empowering.

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  23. Been here 12 years. Never had a kid knock on my door asking to shovel the driveway and never seen a kid in their own yard raking leaves. Ridgewood Strong? LOL. Ridgewood Soft is more like it.
    Bunch of pillow fighters. Don’t get me started on the parents that drive 2 blocks to drop 10 year olds off at elementary school. So soy.

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  24. All residents should receive an official postcard or letter notification from the village reminding them of these ordinances and stating what the penalties are. All new residents should receive it as well. My neighbors (more than one) break these rules constantly and yes, I do not hesitate to call the police. But I would vastly prefer not to have to.

    If there is any way to ban leaf blowers or state a maximum decibel level, for heaven’s sake let’s do it. It is just unbearable. If you have to make a business call from home it is hell on earth.

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  25. I rake leaves & then burn them.

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  26. I know it can be annoying….
    But how about simply making low noise blowers… either electric or if gas powered… put a proper muffler on it. Car engines would be too noisy too but proper mufflers make them almost silent.
    Leaf blowers or lawnmowers… even motorcycles should have mufflers to make them almost silent.

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  27. The village ordinance is for commercial or landscaper noise control. No restrictions on resident usage….this is America

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  28. “The village ordinance is for commercial or landscaper noise control. No restrictions on resident usage….this is America“

    We used to smoke cigarettes in America. That is, until we realized the damage that it does to the body.

    Hearing loss is cumulative. There was no reason for landscaping companies to have three (probably undocumented) workers on someone’s property with gas powered leaf blowers. Use rakes or electric powered leaf blowers and the noise pollution would be significantly reduced.

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  29. Village ordinance should apply to residents too. Many people have commercial grade equipment that make plane engine like noise. And at least Sundays should be noise free with prohibited use of powered equipment. I wish people would understand that there is an element of respect and consideration for your neighbors when deciding to to use heavy duty equipment for prolonged periods of time and frequency but unfortunately most guys put their mufflers on and ignore the rest of the world.

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  30. we still smoke cigarettes and pot is legal for recreational usage as well…up to 6 ounces. Get onboard….the train is leaving the station.

    Take the lead..ask your landscaper to rake your leaves. It will cost u 3x the amount even with those so called undocumented workers trying to earn a living for their families.

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  31. Talk about hypocrites the village went past my house this morning at 4:30 AM pushing leaves. And then constantly backing up with that back up alarm, beep, beep, which I understand they need to be out early pushing cleaning up we got it. I personally don’t mind because they do a great job.

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  32. Hey if you think people are crying right now can you imagine if it was snowing right before Thanksgiving. With all the crybabies in town we would have flooding in the streets from the tears. Come on get out side the weathers beautiful clean up your lunch get it done now.

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  33. Ha ha reading this right now I’m getting serenaded by a landscaping crew of 6 (yes 6) across the street that came zipping out of the trucks on powered vehicles like something out of Star Wars. They have massive fans that roll around along with the regular blowers. Real shock and awe yard work but at least they know what they’re doing and making a living. I’m used to this by now, after months of working at home. This area used to be farmland. We found old rusted farm equipment (harnesses, wheels) on the property when we bought the house 10+ years ago. I guess things didn’t really change now people are just perpetually “farming” grass and leaves instead of things we eat.

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  34. ‘Shock and awe’….post of the week…!

    My neighbor had 5 guys come out last week….would’ve made General Eisenhower proud…!

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  35. wow, looking at the thumbs up/down it seems like majority in this town are in love with both the noise and air pollution. No wonder the place is going down the drain.

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  36. Let’s boil this down…

    FACTS:
    1. We need to clean our leaves.
    2. There are a few options, ranging from REALLY noisy (gas-powered leaf blowers) to SILENT (rakes).

    I suggest we strike a middle ground, as follows:

    – permit gas-powered leaf blowers (which are around 100+ dB) and electric leaf blowers (which are around 65 dB) from 11:00am until 3:00pm between Monday and Friday
    – ban the use of all leaf blowers on Saturdays and Sundays
    – rakes are permitted at all times

    (this applies to homeowners and contractors alike)

    This allows the landscaping contractors to continue operating (albeit in a narrower time window).

    Other towns have taken a more aggressive approach and have banned leaf blowers completely.

    It’s not just noise pollution. A two-stroke leaf blower emits more pollutants than a 6,200-pound pickup truck. In one hour, it may put out the same amount of pollutants as a Toyota Camry driven from New York to Iowa.

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  37. Just get out there and clean your lawn up put everything out on the street. End of the story. I noticed in Midlandpark it’s very clean. Why is it in Ridgewood it’s such a mess. In other towns they work every weekend. You would think the town but wont to get all the leaves up before it snows.

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  38. Not everyone has the same noise tolerance. The noise is obviously a problem otherwise we would not have such discussions. Different neighborhood with square footage of houses would also have differences in time spent to clean as well as practicality of raking. This is truly a problem that should be discussed , reviewed and decisions made at meetings. The Ridgewood village consider this as a very serious matter.

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  39. A team of landscapers will finish the job (and the noise) in much less time than it takes your neighbor with the Home Depot hand held blower to blow their lawn. So, the problem isn’t with landscapers. If you are truly bothered by the noise, rally your neighbors to all hire the same landscaper. That way the noise will be limited to one day for an hour or two and you’ll be able to plan your day accordingly.

  40. We all know it’s annoying do here leave blowers snow blowers, but everyone needs to get out there and clean their leaves up now before it snows then we have a big problem.

  41. My neighbor complains about the noise of my electric blower and proudly announces that he uses a rake. The problem is, the guy never does his leaves, and the reason I have to continuously blow my leaves is because his leaves always end up on my property! So basically he’s complaining that I have to pick up his leaves! And the lazy guy has kids who don’t do squat.

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  42. I gotta say … there IS a middle ground …

    Leafblowers : M thru F leafblowers ok from 11-4

    Rakes : allowed all the time

    Weekends : No blowers allowed ever.

  43. They are talking about banning gas blowers statewide. Battery blowers will be allowed. Although it sounds great in theory, the reality is the people will start cutting trees down so as to not have to deal with the heavy work, high labor prices, etc. Also, battery blowers are not quiet and they will have to be used (whining sound) for hours on end because they barely have the power to move wet leaves. They banned all gas power equipment in CA based on a study that compared a blower running for 1 hour somehow polluted more than a camry driving for 11 hours. On what planet does a soda bottle of gas pollute more than a 30 gallon drum of gas? Oh yeah, Californias government. We are not CA. We have a large beautiful canopy of trees and gas blowers make efficient work of keeping our suburbs affordable and green. So the next state election when the referendum comes up, the majority of residents that live in the concrete jungles with no concept of environmental beauty, will vote to ban the blowers leaving us in the suburbs to deal with the ramifications just like all of the elections that we have in this state. They put lipstick on every pig issue and when people buy into it , only time will reveal the damage that gets caused.

    1. I had no idea there were no trees in California. Thanks!

  44. TESLA leaf blowers?

  45. They are going to have to have some sort of buy back policy or I will be telling them to shove their electric blowers where the sun don’t shine. I own about $2k in various gas blowers and I am not givign them up. I can to my 1/2 acre in about an hour…. how long will it take with an electric blower?

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