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Durham battling too tall grass problem

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Gardner said having inspectors search for overgrown lawns keeps them away from other duties. Gardner said having inspectors search for overgrown lawns keeps them away from other duties.
DURHAM, N.C. -

The City of Durham has received more than 900 complaints of lawns with grass that is too tall since the beginning of April.

“Our code enforcement officers are swamped right now with complaints about tall grass and we really need our property owners to take the time to mow their lawns so our officers can focus on other issues that impact our quality of life,” said Director Constance Stancil with the Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department

The city said keeping grass under a foot high is not only about aesthetics but it is also a health issue.

“The taller grass can be a place where mice and rodents are and mosquitoes rend to breed in the taller grass,” said Faith Gardner with the neighborhood improvement department.

Gardner said having inspectors search for overgrown lawns keeps them away from other duties.

“We’d love to be able to focus more on some of the other ordnances we enforce like the housing codes,” Gardner said.

The city is kicking off a campaign on local TV and social media to help remind residents to keep their grass cut.

Residents who refuse to maintain their grass could face a $250 fine and pay for a lawn crew to cut the grass.

“We don’t want to issue notices of violation or levy fines. We simply want folks to embrace their neighborhoods by regularly mowing their lawns, and if possible, help out their elderly or disabled neighbors to keep their lawns mowed as well,” Stancil said.

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