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Old 06-12-2016, 05:47 PM   #1
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Curious; why mow highway median?

I can't find a good forum to ask this, but I have always wondered why some people will mow the grass in the median of a highway in front of their property. In VA, I have noticed several examples of this on 2-lane, divided highways (unlimited access). If you do this yourself, or know good reasons for doing it, I'd just like to know.

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The property owner was there prior to the highway being built or expanded.
Litter control. If an area looks groomed, maybe there will be less trash.
Vector control.
To be able to look out the door to a nice view.
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Just bought a new Zero Turn mower with beer holder and just can't stop looking for grass to cut.
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I can't find a good forum to ask this, but I have always wondered why some people will mow the grass in the median of a highway in front of their property. In VA, I have noticed several examples of this on 2-lane, divided highways (unlimited access). If you do this yourself, or know good reasons for doing it, I'd just like to know.

My own speculations:
The property owner was there prior to the highway being built or expanded.
Litter control. If an area looks groomed, maybe there will be less trash.
Vector control.
To be able to look out the door to a nice view.
They want their property to look good, so they make sure the road in front looks good. I can relate. I've gone so far as to put herbicide in the cracked asphalt in front of my house and clean the oil stains as well. Just to help improve the "curb appeal" of my home.
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Old 06-12-2016, 06:10 PM   #4
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Cause 'hwy maintenance funds' are lacking due to NUMEROUS reasons and by the time county/state actually get a mowing crew out the gras/weeds are over 2' tall

Fire hazard when vehicles pull off..........hot cat converters/exhaust systems
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Also helps keep down mosquitoes and other pests.
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Old 06-12-2016, 06:27 PM   #6
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I'm glad to see the responses! Thanks guys. later I will make a list of reasons. I'm particular as to wanting things to look nice and taken-care of, but I don't have a median in front of my house. I guess I might mow it if I did.
Today I saw a guy weed-eating the median where there was one of those memorials - you know- a wreath and flowers where I suppose someone died in a crash.
I suppose that folks who mow wish others would mow also.
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cause if you're riding a motorcycle even a rabbit popping out of tall grass is a bad thing
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I have a county maintained road going thru my property on an easement. I mow on both side of the road, because it's still my land and I want it to look well maintained. The county only mows once a year.

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I don't have a median but I do cut both sides of the county road in front of our house. It borders the rear property of a NPS historical site and they don't seem to have the funds to maintain. I try to mow their side once a month and do litter pick up every week or so. Its for most of the reasons you cited, but I like the view the best.
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If the grass gets tall enough it can hide deer and other creatures that can cause accidents. In western states I have seen ranchers cut and bale the shoulders and medians. Not sure I would want to feed my stock hay that has constantly been exposed to micro particles of rubber but I guess that is their concern, not mine
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Just bought a new Zero Turn mower with beer holder and just can't stop looking for grass to cut.
This, I cut in front of the neighbor's houses too.
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Thanx for the reminder. Just got back from a 9 day trip. Now I gotta go mow!!!!! The JD holds 3 beers!
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Just bought a new Zero Turn mower with beer holder and just can't stop looking for grass to cut.

I want one... (-:
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Maybe I've been over-thinking. Maybe it's all about cold beer!
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