Spring came early this year, and as a result plants and grass are making an even earlier appearance than usual.
One of the most common complaints the Town receives every spring and summer is that, somewhere, grass has grown too tall. In fact, grass that is over 12 inches tall is in violation of the Ashland Town Code.
Not only do well-trimmed lawns make your neighborhood look nice, but they also help keep those crawling and slithering pests away as shorter grass provides one less place for them to hide.
When it comes to the environment, excess fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens wash off and pollute streams. In addition, yard clippings and leaves can wash into storm drains and contribute nutrients and organic matter to streams.
Don’t overwater your lawn. Consider using a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler. Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. When use is necessary, use these chemicals in the recommended amounts. Use organic mulch or safer pest control methods whenever possible.
Compost or mulch yard waste. Don’t leave it in the street or sweep it into storm drains or streams and cover piles of dirt or mulch being used in landscaping projects.
So, don’t fall behind on lawn maintenance just because spring has caught you by surprise. And when you do pull out that mower, consider how your actions may impact stormwater runoff and the Chesapeake Bay!
If you have questions about Ashland's Town Code and potential violations, please contact Clayton Keller.