Grass and Weed Season Starts May 1

May 1, 2020

May 1 is the start of grass and weed season in Ferndale, however we recognize that during the COVID-19 pandemic, everyday tasks may be a little more complicated for our residents.

On April 24, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59 which extended her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15, but lifted previous limitations on lawn maintenance. This means that landscapers, lawn-service companies, and nurseries can return to work, subject to strict social distancing.

Because previous limitations have now been lifted, our Code Enforcement Department will be issuing notices to properties found in violation of City ordinances beginning May 1—but penalties for noncompliance will be held until June 1, 2020.

Noncompliant properties risk having their properties mowed by the city contractor after June 1 (minimum fee is $275). Residents will have 1 week to comply to notices received after June 1.

Please remember that this is done for the health and safety of our residents and community—overgrown grass and weeds can attract vermin, mosquitos, and other disease-carrying insects.

Don't wait until you're issued a warning (or worse, a citation)! Re-familiarize yourself with the ordinance requirements below:

• Lawn and easement grass must be mowed or trimmed to 7" or lower in height.

• Weeds—consisting of all weeds, grass, brush, wildings, second growth, rank vegetation, and other vegetation that is not growing in its proper place—must be removed or trimmed to 7" or lower in height.

• If you own a property—even if you don't live there—you are required by ordinance to keep it free of weeds/grass higher than 7".

• Lawn/grass and weed ordinances are enforced May 1–Oct. 31 of each year.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Code Enforcement at 248-546-2525, option 3 on the auto attendant.


Lindsey Gunsorek

Communications Specialist