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Sunday, December 27 2015

DC Grass Cutting Rules & Tips From The Pros

DC Grass Cutting RulesDC grass cutting rules and regulations DCRA. Are you aware that Washington D.C. actually has rules on grass cutting, height of grass, seasonal regulations and more? If not contact Phocas Landscaping of Washington D.C., we are on top of all the DC grass cutting rules. We can help you in DC by keeping that lawn regularly maintained and cut at the proper height.

District regulations prohibit property owners (commercial and residential) from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height.   District regulations prohibit property owners (commercial and residential) from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height. 

District regulations prohibit property owners (commercial and residential) from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height. Failing to adhere to the rule could lead to fines of more than $500. Between May 1 and October 31, DCRA can immediately mow properties and issues fines.

DCRA will be hanging "door knocker" reminders at properties where the grass height is getting close to the threshhold to try to encourage voluntary compliance before the city has to intervene.

Tall grass can trigger respiratory problems like asthma and allergies in District residents and rats and other vermin are also drawn to the over-growth. This holds serious public health implications.

DCRA regulates several types of excessive vegetative growth including: kudzu, poison ivy, oak and sumac, plants with obnoxious odors, weeds, grasses causing hay fever, and any weed growth that creates a breeding place for mosquitoes. Regulations require that these weeds be cut after no more than seven days of growth.

Weeds may be defined as any vegetation at any state of maturity that:

  • Exceeds more than 10 inches in height, is untended, or creates a dense area of shrubbery that is a detriment to the health, safety and welfare of the public;
  • Creates a harbor (including hiding places for persons), or provides a place to conceal refuse or trash, regardless of height;
  • Develops into deposits, or accumulation of, refuse or trash;
  • Harbors rodents and vermin or provides a refuge for snakes, rats or other rodents;
  • Creates an unpleasant or noxious odor;
  • Constitutes a fire hazard; or
  • Contains grass or weeds that are dead and diseased.

Failure to comply with a Notice of Violation during the growing season may result in DCRA cleaning the property and billing the owner for cost of the cleanup. Residents should report suspected violations to DCRA at (202) 442-9557 (choose option 6).

Residents can also send Tweets to @dcra - include photos if you'd like - of properties with grass and/or weeds exceeding 10 inches. Please try to get exact address before making a complaint.

Visit DPW Vacant Lot Complaint Contact Information for information on how to register a complaint with the Department of Public Works about an overgrown vacant lot.

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Saturday, December 26 2015

Washington D.C. Lawn Care Tips From The Pros

Affordable Lawn Care DC

  • Revive Your DC Lawn by Over-Seeding

Is your Washington D.C. lawn looking thin and brown?  Well Focas Landscaping a DC lawn care company can help you get back to the thick, lush, green lawn you've always wanted and all you need to do is reseed. If you put down a layer of seed over your lawn in the spring or fall all the thin areas start growing grass and your DC lawn starts to look terrific again.

  • Why Over-Seed In Washington DC?

Over time grass does get old and needs to be replaced. Worn-out DC lawns invite weeds. Over seeding is a fast, inexpensive way to help bring your Washington D.C. lawn back to its lush - green, healthy self without tearing everything out and starting over.  It's also a great way to introduce a new type of grass.

  • When to Over-Seed In The North East

In the North like Washington D.C., the best time to over seed your lawn is in the fall. The soil is still warm but the air is cooler.  There are fewer weeds for new grass to compete against. Since your trees are starting to shed their leaves, there's plenty of sunlight.  Also, diseases that attack seedlings are less active.  If you can't seed in the fall, your next best time is the spring.  If you live in the south the best time to over seed is summer since warm-season grasses need warmer soil temperatures to germinate. If you live in Washington D.C. and need help with basic or more complex lawn care maintenance, contact Focas Landscaping for a FREE consultation.


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