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Lawns and Landscaping

How can I keep my yard healthy and safe?

A beautiful neighborhood starts with healthy lawns and landscapes!

  • Keep the grass and weeds on your property less than eight inches tall and mowed up to the street.
  • Make sure noxious/harmful weeds are controlled or destroyed.
  • Don’t forget to mow the boulevard (the strip of grass on the other side of the sidewalk or your fence).


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Managed natural landscape

What if I want to have a managed natural landscape?

  • It must not have noxious/harmful weeds or unintended vegetation.
  • It must have a planned, intentional, and maintained planting of native and non-native plants.
  • It may have plants and grasses 8 inches or more in height. This does not include turf-grass lawns left unattended.


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Planting and trees

  • Plants, trees and shrubs are not allowed in boulevards if they block traffic visibility and walkways.
  • Tree overhangs must be trimmed up 8 feet.


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Yard waste

What can I do with my yard waste?

  • Garden waste, lawn clippings, or branches with a diameter of 10inches or less may be taken to the free drop-off site in Maple Grove.
  • Garbage collectors can also collect your yard waste and leaves but may charge a fee. Contact your hauler for more information.
  • If you bag your yard waste, use either paper or certified compostable plastic bags.

Get more information about yard waste >


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What can I use for composting?

  • Building materials used for compost bins must be rot resistant such as treated lumber, concrete block, or fencing wire.
  • Many home improvement stores sell compost bins.
  • Compost bins must not exceed five feet in width, twelve feet in length and five feet in height.
  • Meat, dairy products, diseased plant materials, plastic, metal, glass, and animal feces are not allowed.
  • Some approved materials include: eggs shells, veggies, fruits, and yard waste.

Get more information on composting >


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Where can I store my firewood?

  • Firewood must be stacked on a paved surface or raised at least three and a half inches off the ground.
  • Firewood stacks must be five feet away from your neighbor’s property.
  • No more than two cords (4’x4’x8’) stacks of wood are allowed on a property.
  • Firewood cannot be stored in your front yard.


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Firewood Not Allowed

Reporting violations

To report tall grass and noxious weeds, contact:

Pang Yang
Environmental Health
Email Pang Yang

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For more information on diseased and dead trees, contact:

Aki Jacobs
City Forester
Email Aki Jacobs

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