This just in: the Jeffersonville, Indiana City Council is refining its weed ordinance to clarify that property less than 3 acres, and within 25 feet of residential or public property, has to be mowed such that grass and weeds don’t exceed ten inches. This is actually an improvement; previous ordinances specified a mowing height of eight inches. Jeffersonville residents, whoever you are, please continue to keep us updated on the weed/grass/garden situation in your neck of the woods.
In Marion, OH, violators of the weed ordinance will get only one warning if they have allowed "grass, weeds or other noxious or harmful vegetation to grow higher than 12 inches or be a nuisance." Either one. More than twelve inches, or irritating. And so much of what irritates me exceeds 12 inches in height. I am so moving to Marion.
Guerilla Weeding: In Jackson, Michigan, anyone can become a member of the New Community Transformation Project simply by pulling weeds the city can no longer afford to hire anyone to pull. God, I love pulling other people’s weeds. Why is it that picking at someone else’s plants is so satisfying?
And in Buffalo, NY (E? Are you on this one?) the WGRZ Tipline had to be called regarding a property at 415 Winspear that was in desperate need of a good weed-whacking. Well, the Tipline was on the job, and those weeds have been whacked. Just listen to what the Mayor’s Impact Team did: "They worked with a full brigade of lawnmowers and weedwhackers. It
wiped out the jungle and now there’s a dramatically different look to
the property.It’s clean and clear." Serves ’em right, those weeds.
And please do go check out this video about the weed abatement, or lack thereof, in Topeka. Warning: Ominous shots of tall grasses waving in the breeze are followed by clever segues to the weather report.
Oh, and 8 foot-tall weeds in foreclosed properties in an Arizona development called, ironically, The Gardens, are freaking out the neighbors and depressing already-depressed home values. Also, in Indianapolis. And, probably, everywhere else.
And, because I can’t think of any other way to end this weed-themed post, and because I know that there are at least seven people out there who will appreciate this as much as I do (and I love you so much for it), I leave you with this:Posted by Garden Rant on July 21, 2008 at 5:02 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.