MEDFORD, Ore-- You should check the length of grass and weeds on your property. The weed abatement start date moved this year to May 1st. Usually it starts around June 1st.
Corporal Randy Jewell with the Medford Police Department works on Special Services like the weed ordinance in Medford. "When May 1st rolls around it gives the property owners an opportunity to get out with their heavy equipment and machinery to take care of the tall grass" said Jewell.
The City of Medford also specifies how the grass should be cut. Here's what it says in the press release:
"Vacant or undeveloped property over 1 acre must be border cut with a minimum 30 foot mowed edge. Vacant or underdeveloped property over 5 acres must also be cross cut within minimum 30 foot fuel breaks in maximum 2-1/2 acre parcels to mitigate the fire hazard. In addition, any properties adjacent to improved subdivisions or improved properties shall provide a minimum 100 foot fuel break along the edge of the improved subdivision/property. Any property less than or equal to one acre must be fully cut."
During fire season there are restrictions like using heavy machinery. Now people in Medford have an extra month to get their lawn or property ready for fire season.
Andrew Zoll works at Zoll's Lawn and Garden Equipment. "This time of year I would say is definitely the busy time. Mainly because everything is trying to grow right now" said Zoll. He sees customers come in everyday looking to get their home fire ready. "Getting everything all set up so that when fire season does come we do have to worry about the dry time where that fire could be getting closer to our property we have less material down for it to burn" said Zoll.
Now if you are looking out at your lawn wondering if you might get a ticket don't worry. Corporal Jewell says you will get a warning in the mail or in person first. "If after the citation you don't take care of it we will then bring a contractor in that the city has a contract with who will cut your property" said Jewell.
The citation costs $250. Plus the cost of the contractor and an administration fee. So if you are ever worried about your grass or weeds just give it a quick trim.