The Dirty Half-Dozen: Part III – The Green Monster!

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Tall grass is the No. 1 enforcement activity in Auburn Hills in terms of violations issued.

There is nothing like Spring in Michigan.  After months of cold and grey, all of a sudden things are green!

Yards are a deeper, truer green this time of year.  This season it is no different, except we got a head start with March being warmer than April (no kidding, that’s official).

So, we have all this beautiful green grass – but like anything else, one can have too much of a good thing.

Violations of the Noxious Weeds Ordinance are the number one enforcement activity for us in terms of sheer numbers.   Last year 210 lawns were cut between May 1st and October 15th.  That’s up from 185 cuts in 2010.  Keep in mind, the grass has to be longer than eight inches before we cut it.   Note:  We talked about how the law is enforced in our previous blog – Green, Green Grass of Home.

Well, we’re off and running for 2012.  Since May 1st, about 25 properties have been identified to be in need of cutting and that’s just the beginning.  Our contractor will begin mowing early next week and will probably have no shortage of work this season.  

You can help us out by reporting properties that might be hidden from street view or that we just plain missed.  It is easy to report a concern.  Just give us a call at 248-364-6900 or e-mail me at

We can work together to take down the “Green Monster” in your neighborhood.

Coming Soon:  Return of the Dirty Half-Dozen: Fighting Blight – The Never Ending Battle