Noxious Weeds and Tall Grass


Noxious Weeds

The term "Noxious Weeds" means Canada thistle, leafy spurge, field bindweed (also known as creeping jenny) and all weeds and grass exceeding 12 inches in height.

When the Village receives a complaint about noxious weeds or tall grass, the Weed Commissioner will go and take a look at the property.  If the weeds or grass are 12 inches or taller, the property owner will be sent a notice to mow or cut the weeds/grass.  The property owner has one week to mow/cut the weeds/grass.  If the weeds/grass are not taken care of in a week, the Village will mow/cut the weeds and the property owner will be billed for the work done.

Notice is hearby given that every person is required to destroy all noxious weeds on land within the Village of DeForest, which the person owns, occupies or controls pursuant to Section 66.0407 of the Wisconsin Statutes and Section 11.03(8) and 12.07 of the DeForest Code of Ordinances.  Notice is further given that the Village of DeForest will destroy any noxious weeds which are not so destroyed, and fees will be assessed for such work per Section 2.11 of the DeForest Code of Ordinances.


No Mow May

The Village of DeForest is not designating the month of May as No Mow May. Instead, residents are encouraged to create long term, more sustainable environments for pollinators.

No Mow May is a campaign that encourages residents to refrain from mowing their lawns during the month of May to support biodiversity and pollinator habitats. The No Mow May movement has good intentions, but food is removed once long grass is cut in June. Pollinators are left more vulnerable because the food source they depended on is no longer available with short turf grass. 

We understand the importance of environmental conservation and encourage residents to explore alternative ways to support biodiversity. UW-Madison’s Extension Horticulture Program recommends creating a pollinator friendly environment. This environment is created by mowing less often, raising the blade on your lawnmower, and planting pollinator friendly trees, shrubs, and flowers. Additionally, creating a "bee lawn" by mixing flowers with turf grass is another way to create a pollinator friendly environment.

As such, residents of DeForest are expected to adhere to existing ordinances regarding lawn maintenance, including mowing and upkeep. Failure to do so may result in notifications and potential ordinance violations. Ordinance 12.07

We understand the importance of environmental conservation and encourage residents to explore alternative ways to support biodiversity, such as planting native species and creating pollinator-friendly habitats within their property boundaries.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.