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Nor Serocki

Tall Weed ordinances and knotweed

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Recently, I had a home visit with a few land owners that abut an untended lot that has a small knotweed patch along the property line. My concern is that the knotweed is growing into the lawn, which is scheduled to be mowed by the city's contractor under their tall weed division at the end of the week. This is probably part of a bigger issue of how we need to start working with landscaping and mowing companies to recognize invasives, but has anyone found shorter-term solutions to work with our local officials to mark areas that aren't just the typical "weeds" to be mowed? 

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This is going to be big going forward, because as a Tall Grass and Weeds enforcer, I can explain why a property hasn't been mowed due to knotweed, but the person who comes after me may not understand and mow through what I tip toed around. Also, if the City structure doesn't understand the danger and ORDERS it mowed, there is the possibility of being liable for spread. 

It's such a tricky subject, but something that must be talked about as a community so our message/direction is clear across the board.

#ThisPlantChangesEverything

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