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Weeds 101

Post Date:02/17/2017 3:52 PM

 

 

With the arrival of spring and warmer weather, we begin to see the sprouts of weeds and other vegetation. As the City has an interest in protecting property values and providing a safe environment, we adopted a weed ordinance to control the growth of both weeds and tall grasses. In addition to protecting property values, this weed ordinance helps minimize fire danger and other nuisance problems, such as rodents, associated with tall grasses. Here are some quick FAQs you should know:

How high is too high for weeds and tall grasses?

Your weeds and tall grasses may grow up to six (6) inches in height before you violate the law.

What type of weeds and tall grasses does the City not require to be cut?

We do not require that large stands of sage brush be cut - these plants provide stability to the soil, and in most cases, the plants existed before the homes in the neighborhood were constructed.  We also allow farmers growing crops such as hay or alfalfa to reach maturity, with the requirement that the irrigation canals be maintained.

How often must I cut my weeds and tall grasses during the year?

You should cut them as often as necessary to keep the weeds from growing too tall.  Generally, this means that you will need to cut them several times during the spring and summer months.

Why doesn’t the City require the weeds to be removed completely?

When vegetation is completely stripped from the ground, the soil becomes ripe for soil erosion.  It is not uncommon for the same residents calling about weeds to call several weeks later to complain about the dust clouds from the bare ground.  That is why we encourage individuals cutting weeds to leave the root system in place to stabilize the property. 
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