Landscaping, Grass and Invasive Plants: Control Overgrowth this Summer

May 28, 2013

News Highlights

  • Landscaping and yard maintenance tips.
  • Find out who to contact for overgrown grass concerns. 
  • Online chat on invasive plant species May 29.


The arrival of spring means warmer weather, spring rain showers, bees out pollinating. Flowers aren’t the only plants benefiting from these favorable conditions - grass, weeds and invasive plant species thrive this time of year and can create eye sores and damage natural landscaping.

Landscaping and Grass

  • Tips for Keeping Your Yard Green and the Cheasepeake Clean.  The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District's brochure Tips for Keeping Your Yard Green and the Chesapeake Clean provides advice on maintaining a healthy yard while protecting local water quality.
  • Need tips on landscaping including planting, pruning, fertilizing and the best times to water? Check out Landscape and Gardening: You and Your Land.
  • Overgrown Grass on Roadways
    • Complaints on overgrown grass on roadways should be directed to the Virginia Department of Transportation.  Virtually all public roads in the county (interstate, primary and secondary) are maintained by VDOT.  A work order request for uncut grass can be made online by using VDOT’s work order request form or by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD.
  • Grass on Residential Areas
    • Uncut grass cannot be higher than 12 inches on developed residential properties that are half an acre or less. (Other rules apply to undeveloped and commercial properties). Based on complaints, the county may have tall grass at a home cut at the homeowner’s expense. Submit a complaint about uncut grass on a residential property or call the Department of Code Compliance, 703-324-1300, TTY 711.
  • Managing Yard Waste
    • Grass, leaves and twigs can be made into compost or disposed of.  For more information, visit the yard waste webpage.

Invasive Plants

Join the Online Chat May 29!

Over the last 30 years, invasive plant species have slowly taken a firm foothold in our area.   Examples of invasive plants are Bamboo, Tree of Heaven and English Ivy among others.  On Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. join Natural Resource Specialist Justin Roberson with the Fairfax County Park Authority to talk about invasive plants, their damaging effects and how you can help protect yards, gardens and parkland from the infestation of these aggressively growing plants. Experts agree that non-native, invasive species are the second most serious threat to the quality of natural areas and their ability to support wildlife with only habitat loss being a more serious threat.

Participate in the online chat by submitting questions in advance or during the chat.  A transcript of the chat will also be posted online once the chat has concluded.  To submit a question and follow the online chat, visit: the “Beautiful and Destructive: Invasive Plants” chat room.

More information on invasive plants on park land and in your backyard is available on the Park Authority’s webpage.

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