Recent rains have readers worried about maintaining overgrowth in their yards. Here’s answers to questions about where grass clippings can land, as well as information about marching bands at the State Fair.

Q: Is it legal to let your grass clippings spew out on the road? If so, what can be done about it? On our street, there are three people who do this and I feel it could be a hazard and seems disrespectful to me!

Many communities in the U.S. have ordinances against leaving grass clippings scattered on roadways, often because they reduce traction for motorcyclists.

Here, there’s no statewide or citywide rule concerning grass clippings in terms of road safety, but grass clippings may fall under ordinances concerning debris and storm runoff.

“There are some limitations about what ends up in the storm drains, so it’s not a good idea because that’s where the grass clippings end up,” said Paul Brown, city attorney.

According to a pamphlet prepared by Matthew J. Fagerness, A turfgrass Specialist with K-State Research and Extension, the best practice is to leave grass clippings on the turf. The clippings are beneficial and don’t cause thatch, as many people believe.

The clippings are 85 to 90 percent water, so once they dry, the clippings will settle into the turf.

When mowing without a catcher, Fagerness suggests mow three or four rounds clockwise to throw grass away from sidewalks, buildings or roads. Then mow counter clockwise to throw clippings away from the uncut grass.

Will marching bands be marching on Main Street this year?

No, but bands will march between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week at the Fair.

“They will be marching only on the fairgrounds. That’s a change from last year,” said Lori Bowers, who is handing marketing for the State Fair.

Keep those questions coming by sending them to askhutch@hutchnews.com.