May 30, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Mow weekly to avoid pests, violations

With the arrival of the growing season, it’s important to remember to properly care for lawns by mowing at least once a week. Tall grass and weeds can create homes and food for unwanted rodents, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, chiggers, snakes and other animals. Some of these pests are known to carry diseases that can be passed along to you, your family and your pets.

City Code states that grass shall not exceed 12 inches in height. When grass exceeds this height, the property owner and/or occupant are notified to mow or otherwise take care of the problem. If not resolved in the given time frame, the property may be mowed by the City at the property owner’s expense.

To report tall grass, call 417-864-1010 or fill out an online service request at http://www.springfieldmo.gov/request/. Please note that as of last year, the Health Department no longer takes complaints about tall grass unless it involves a confirmed vector problem such as mice or rats.

The City received 657 calls reporting tall grass in May. While the City thanks citizens for taking action, we ask callers for their patience as our inspectors are responding to reports as quickly as possible.

Below is the process that occurs once a violation has been reported.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov