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Cutting your tall grass doesn’t have to be a tall order. (Source: WAFF) Cutting your tall grass doesn’t have to be a tall order. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The pride you take in caring for your front lawn is not always shared by your neighbors. 

A high grass and weed problem has turned into a hot-button issue for Huntsville residents. Some say poor lawn maintenance in Historic Five Points casts a shadow on the rest of the neighborhood.  

Laurie King of Bliss Gardening says your tall grass doesn’t have to be a tall order. 

“It’s kind of hard to believe how people can let that happen when this city is full of lawn guys,” said Laurie King.  

King is referring to grass as high as two feet. 

“People don’t realize but their weeds and things from their grass blows into other people’s yard who work really hard to maintain theirs,” King said.  

The City of Huntsville enforces an ordinance for overgrown grass. Doing your part is your responsibility as a homeowner and neighbor, according to Huntsville Community Development Director Michelle Jordan.

“If your grass is over eight inches, our enforcement officers might send you letter making you aware the grass is in a state that needs some attention,” Jordan said.  

What if that doesn’t get the job done? 

“Residents are given 14 days to correct that violation, and if they don’t, we could send out city crews to cut and bill the property owner,” Jordan said.  

That course of action is something King witnessed first-hand, and she wishes people could see there's greener grass on the other side. 

“I think it’s very important, especially in this neighborhood, to cut your grass back. It's good for the grass. it's good for the rest of the neighborhood,” said King. 

King says mowing season is winding down in the next few weeks.

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