TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The City of Tempe is seeing a spike in complaints about unsightly yards and alleys overgrown with weeds.

The monsoon dumped a lot of rain last week, saturating the soil and fostering the perfect breeding ground for these pesky green nuisance.

City of Tempe spokesperson Shannon Reed, said the City has received about 500 complaints in the last month compared to 320 complaints this time last year. 

Shannon Reed, City of Tempe spokesperson, said weeds and grass could not be taller than 12 inches, and homeowners are responsible for keeping the alleys adjacent to their homes free of weeds.

If cited, Reed said it’s a $200 fine for the first offense.

“We do give residents ample notice prior to citing. Also, for people in need, we refer them to local resources such as Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors for volunteers who are able to help with weed cleanup,” she added.

If homeowners didn’t get a chance to pull weeds last weekend, they might want to plan to remove them this coming weekend.

Reed said violations could result in fines that start at $200 for the first offense, but the City gives “ample notice” to take care of the issue. If homeowners are elderly or need help, the City refers them to volunteers with Neighbors Helping Neighbors to clear the weeds from their yards for them.

Reed said to report a violation in the City of Tempe, download the Tempe 311 app, call 480-350-4311, or visit Tempe.gov/311

These are the grass/weed ordinance with the City of Tempe only. Check with your City to see what codes and fines could be implemented where you live. 

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