Spring is a beautiful season in Phoenix. April rain can bring May flowers, but with the flowers come the unsightly weeds.

Weeds can be one of the biggest eyesores to our neighborhoods. Not only are they unattractive (and a pain to pull), but they are a violation of city code. Weeds, tumbleweeds, grass and dead vegetation more than 6 inches tall are a violation of the city code. This includes weeds on the property and on any adjacent right-of-way sidewalk, alley or street.

In addition, during hot summer months, the once green weeds become combustible dry vegetation and can present a fire hazard to the community. When dry vegetation catches fire, they can become spot fires that spread to neighboring structures and foliage.

Take steps now to stay in control of weeds and to keep them from growing and spreading. One resource available to assist with the removal of weeds is the Neighborhood Services Department’s Tool Lending Program. Neighborhood groups listed with the department can borrow tools free of charge for cleanup efforts. For more information on this program or to list your organization, call 602-534-4444.

If you observe weeds, grass and other vegetation more than 6 inches tall, report it as soon as possible. Call 602-534-4444, email blight@phoenix.gov along with an address of the property, use the free, downloadable “myPHXAZ” application on your smartphone or complete the online reporting blight form at phoenix.gov/nsd.


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