The homeowner shall be responsible for the maintenance of all landscaping which shall be maintained in good condition so as to present a healthy, neat and orderly appearance and shall be kept free from overgrown vegetation, refuse and debris. Minimum landscape standards are as follows:
A. “Overgrown vegetation” is characterized as thick weeds and grasses and shall not exceed 6 inches in height. Overgrown vegetation is unsightly and can be a health hazard since rodents, snakes and other pests are attracted to these areas. In the event that treees, shrubs or other landscaped materials should die, such materials shall be removed and/or replaced within thirty (30) days.
B. Fifty (50) percent of the front yard must be landscaped with grass. Fifteen (15) percent of the front yard may then consist of shrubs, flowers, and bedding plants that may also include decorative landscaping materials. A maximum of thirty five (35) percent of the front yard may be used for parking.
C. All landscaping must be maintained with regard to the mowing of grass, raking of leaves and maintenance of landscape beds on the property.
D. All landscaping must be maintained to insure its continued growth.
E Owners or occupants of lots in the city within the district abutting on any sidewalk shall not permit weeds, grass or any kind of vegetation growth to grow over and cover the sidewalk, whether paved or unpaved. It shall be the responsibility of every owner of property and occupants to keep sidewalks free from weeds, grass or vegetation growth.
F. All residential properties must be brought into complliance with the terms of this part within six (6) months.
SOURCE: LAUREL CODE OF ORDINANCES, APPENDIX I, ZONING AND PLANNING, SECTION 606ff , LANDSCAPING REGULATIONS AND STANDARD HOUSING CODE, 1997 EDITION, SECTION 307.4, CARE OF PREMISES