Although many consider dandelions a weed, they are not a weed by ordinance, and do not constitute a violation, unless taller than 8”. City ordinance prohibits state listed noxious weeds, and grass and rank vegetation in excess of 8” (inches) in height.
Noxious weeds in Minnesota have been found to be injurious to public health, the environment, public roads, crops, livestock, or other property. The purpose of the Minnesota Noxious Weed Law is to protect residents of the state from the injurious effects of noxious weeds. There are twenty-seven plant species regulated as noxious weeds in Minnesota. Each plant is categorized as one of the following: Eradicate, Control, Restricted, or Specially Regulated. Plants on the eradicate list must be eradicated by killing the above and belowground parts of the plant. Plants on the control list must be controlled preventing the maturation and spread of propagating parts. Restricted noxious weeds may not be sold, transported without a permit, or intentionally planted in Minnesota. Specially regulated plants must be eradicated or controlled according to specified regulations. All regulated plants must be eradicated or controlled in accordance with the Minnesota Noxious Weed Law. (Source: MN Department of Agriculture). In Apple Valley, long grass and vegetation in excess of 8” (inches) in height in lawn areas, and not specifically part of a garden or natural area, is also considered a violation and must be trimmed upon notice.
For more information regarding state listed noxious weeds please check out the MN Department of agriculture’s website at: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/badplants/noxiouslist.aspx.
If you have questions or concerns about noxious weeds in your area please contact Ben Pierson in Code Enforcement by phone at 952.953.2571 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.