Since East Texas has received a healthy amount of rain late in the summer, I thought it'd be wise to talk about a Tyler code that not everyone has in the front of their mind. The City of Tyler, Longview, Palestine and most of our Texas cities have an ordinance in place for having too tall of grass on your property.

From the Tyler government website:

It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation,partnership, association of persons, owner, agent, occupant, or anyone having supervision or control of any improved lot, tract, parcel of land or portion thereof, occupied or unoccupied, within the City limits or within five thousand(5,000) feet thereof, to with criminal negligence allow uncultivated vegetation to grow to a height greater than twelve (12) inches on such tract.

That's a lot of words so basically, your grass can't grow over 12 inches tall. I imagine a big part of this violation is an attempt at mosquito control as well as keeping up appearances for our cities. Even big cities like Dallas have the same code.

Fort Worth's government website explains that its residents will get a notice to mow within 10 days. If it's not done by you, a city contractor will do it and it will be expensive. According to, the average cost for a residential lost is around $250.

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