A city employee came by yesterday telling us that they’ve had a complaint about our yard. The rim of weeds surrounding our otherwise decently-kempt yard is over the limit (nine inches, I believe). If it’s not taken care of, we’ll get a $150 ticket. Then a $250 ticket and so on.
It’s not a matter of health and safety, like when a building is condemned. It’s not wet here, so mosquitoes won’t breed. The weeds mainly just ring the yard, so vermin won’t be making nests.
No, this is a purely aesthetic issue.
The guy said the issue is probably that we’re right next to the park. Apparently, people will come to the park, see that a yard looks bad and call it in.
Uh… why does it matter what passersby think about our private property?
It’s not an issue of a glaring eyesore for people in the park. Thanks to a row of hedges maintained by the city, our yard isn’t visible any place that people would linger: picnic area, play area, basketball courts etc.
We are in no way inhibiting the enjoyment of the park. It’s ridiculous!
I’d understand more if it were one of our neighbors. At least then, it would actually affect them inre: property values.
Anyway, the city employee, like the one a year and a half ago, was pretty nice about it. He learned that we have health problems, had already scheduled a yard guy for Saturday and that it’d been awhile since our last citation. So he gave us til Monday to deal with it.
I appreciate how reluctant the employees are to actually charge people for this ridiculous law. Still, this is absurd.
Anyway, I double-checked with the yard service that we’re definitely, absolutely scheduled for Saturday.
Granted, it’ll cost a cool $325. But that includes pre-emergent spray in the front and back. Allegedly, that’ll keep things at bay for about nine months. As long as we keep on schedule, the second spray should last about a year. The third spray, he said, should last a good chunk longer than that.
So at least most of the headache will be gone. If a few do pop up here and there, I can ask Marc to get them with the weed-whacker.
Have you ever been cited for a weedy yard?