It’s probably time to check your lawn, and here are some tips on proper maintenance

VIRGINIA BEACH —  Longer, hotter days often mean more time in backyards.

And that lawn will need a lot of maintenance this season.

The city’s Code Enforcement offers these property maintenance, lawn care and waste disposal tips:

Property maintenance and lawn care

  • Unkempt lawns and weeds are not only unsightly, but they can also serve as an inviting playground for rodents and vermin. To prevent potential infestations, residents are required to keep their yards maintained in accordance with the city code. Grass and weeds taller than 10 inches must be cut, and all trash, junk and debris stored on your property must be properly disposed of using the waste disposal guidelines listed below.
  • Improperly maintained swimming pools can provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can spread disease. Be sure to maintain your swimming pools and filtration systems to prevent mosquito infestations during the warmer months.
  • Code Enforcement recommends residents have the health of large trees on their property evaluated by a licensed professional on a regular basis. Proactive and consistent maintenance of trees can help prevent costly work and removals when trees are deemed hazardous.

For information on the city’s property maintenance code requirements, contact Code Enforcement at 757-385-4421 or visit here.

Waste disposal

  • Exercise proper waste disposal practices when cleaning out attics, garages and sheds. Regular bagged household trash can be placed in city-provided trash carts. Place containers at the street by 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
  • Curbside collection of yard waste is provided on your normal collection day. Grass and leaves (no dirt or mulch) in clear bags should be placed at the front curb of the residence. Please do not block drainage. Limbs up to four feet long and six inches in diameter will be collected in two piles not to exceed 4x4x4 feet.
  • Charitable organizations throughout the city allow for easy and convenient ways to donate items, such as furniture and household appliances. For collection of items that can’t be donated, call, email or access the Waste Management website to schedule a bulk item collection for your next scheduled collection day. Place items on the curb, free of obstructions such as overhead wires, cable boxes, tree limbs and vehicles. Unacceptable bulky items include: building materials, carpet, doors, cabinets, toilets, sinks, rocks, dirt, concrete, vehicle parts, tires, paint cans, glass, propane tanks, hazardous materials and more. Residents can safely dispose of these items, free of charge, at the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center located at 1989 Jake Sears Road.
  • Reduce, reuse, and then recycle. Blue recycling carts are provided to residents who receive city-provided waste collection. Recycling carts are collected every other week on your normal collection day.

For information on waste disposal regulations and approved recyclable materials, contact Waste Management at 757-385-4650 or visit here.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.