Mow your lawn: City tall grass, weed program underway

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – If your yard is home to tall grass and weeds, you could risk a fine or even a lien on your house.

The City of Fort Wayne is starting up its Tall Grass/Weed Program Monday, and Neighborhood Code Compliance will begin taking calls and enforcing the tall grass rules.

Weeds or grass should be no taller than 9 inches.

If an inspector determines there is a violation, they will take a time-stamped photo and put a citation on the property. Homeowners will also get a notice in the mail.

Then, homeowners will have 5 days to mow their yard.

After five days, the City’s mowing contractors will inspect to see if the property is in compliance and if not, they will mow and also take date-stamped before-and-after photos.

The owner will then be charged for the mowing; if the invoice is not paid within 30 days, a lien will be placed on the property.

The City has 8 part-time inspectors who will be out and about enforcing the city’s rules this season.

“The Tall Grass/Weed Program is designed to improve the appearance of our neighborhoods and protect property values,” Susan B. Eisenhauer, Neighborhood Code Compliance director said.

“By helping remove blighting influences, the Tall Grass/Weed Program can improve the quality of life for all residents.”

If you’d like to make a report, you can visit the City of Fort Wayne’s website here, or by calling 311 or 260-427-8311 to report a possible violation.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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