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Not cutting your grass could cost you some cash

Friday - 4/29/2011, 12:32pm  ET

Grass tall enough to hide snakes, rats and trash can get you a fine in D.C. (File)

Michelle Basch,

WASHINGTON - Homeowners who tend to be lazy when it comes to mowing your lawn: If you don't start cutting your grass soon, it could cost you.

Starting this Sunday and continuing through Oct. 31, you could face fines of more than $500 if grass or weeds on your property in D.C. are more than 10 inches high.

You could also get in trouble with the city if vegetation in your yard is tall enough to cover trash, provide a hiding place for burglars, or give a home to creepy creatures like rats or snakes.

The District's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will hang warning notices on the doors of homes where grass is getting close to the maximum allowable height.

In most other communities around the region -- including Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland -- your grass has to be more than a foot high before you could face a code violation.

See below for grass-related rules in area jurisdictions:

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