Last weekend I was up and ready to start my Sunday at 6:30 am., which doesn't happen often.

I looked at my fiancé and said, "it's too early to mow the lawn, right?"

The obvious answer was yes - it was far too early.

But that got me thinking, as a new homeowner, when is the earliest I can cut the lawn? Similarly, when is the latest I or my neighbors should be out cutting the lawn into the night?

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As a morning radio host, I am a morning person. So for me, I would be more forgiving of someone who fires up their engine at 7am, as opposed to an 8pm starter.

Taking this question to the people of New Hampshire was....interesting. I will try and dissect the overwhelming and varying responses to find out the right answer.

First and foremost, most towns have a noise ordinance. For example, in Portsmouth,  "the operation of any such set, instrument, phonograph, machine or device between the hours of ll:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in such a manner as to be plainly audible at City of Portsmouth, NH Ordinances Page 14 Chapter 3 a distance of 50 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section," according to Chapter IV, Section 3.403, B.

That said, if you fire your mower up at 10:30pm, your neighbors will certainly be unhappy. So, what is the neighborly start and end time? The consensus I have gathered from nearly 100 people weighing in on the Seacoast is this:

The most respectful time: between 9am and 7pm.

The doable but not overly happy, time: between 8am and 8pm.

The NO GO time: before 8am and after 8pm.

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Of course, there were a variety of answers. Some said 7am start. Some were okay with mowers going until 10pm. I also got the other end of the spectrum, from 10am-4pm (short window).

I think the general consensus, once again, is as followed:

The most respectful time: between 9am and 7pm.

The doable but not overly happy, time: between 8am and 8pm.

The NO GO time: before 8am and after 8pm.

When in doubt, stick between the most respectful times. That said, talk to your neighbor. Maybe they work an overnight shift, or are a morning radio show host.

Talk to them and make sure they are not secretly resenting you from across the street!

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