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Why you should keep your lawn mowed

todayMay 9, 2024 3

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — It may be time to break out the lawnmower after some recent shots of rain.

Yard work is a hobby for Mark Hoiland.

On Thursday, the Sioux Falls man got some sunshine as he mowed his lawn for the second time this year.

“Enjoying the weather and just trying to keep things nice,” Hoiland said.

While Hoiland keeps his grass trimmed, that’s not the case for every lawn in the city.

“I just wish more people mowed their lawns as much as I do,” Hoiland said.

Kevin Smith is the assistant director of planning and development services for the City of Sioux Falls.

“The rules are fairly simple. Just keep your grass, keep your lawn mowed under eight inches in height,” Smith said.

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Smith says there have already been violations this season.

“We’ve already had I think over 100 cases,” Smith said.

There are several reasons to keep your lawn mowed.

“One thing is it’s a harborage for pests, whether it’s mice or snakes or rats or whatever, if you see some of the lawns that we have seen, they can be 18 inches high, and there’s a lot of things that can exist in those tall weeds and grasses,” Smith said.

And for Hoiland, it also keeps his yard looking good.

“It’s just better for the community,” Hoiland said.

If you see lawns that are too long, you can report them online or call 605-978-6900.

If you are in violation of the ordinance, you could end up paying a fine and the cost of a lawn mowing contractor.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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