National Park Service Takes Responsibility as Some D.C. Grass Hits Heights of 2 Feet

Tall grass is a breeding ground for ticks and mosquitos

By Margaret Voelzke
|  Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014  |  Updated 8:05 PM EDT
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Grass in some public areas of D.C. is more than two feet high, but local officials might not be to blame. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

Mark Segraves

Grass in some public areas of D.C. is more than two feet high, but local officials might not be to blame. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

Grass in some public areas of D.C. is more than two feet high, but local officials might not be to blame.

The National Park Service says they got behind in grass cutting this year because several contracts with the landscaping companies who usually cut the grass expired and were not renewed early enough.

Many of the parks, grassy areas and medians around D.C. are controlled by the federal government, so it is actually up to the Park Service to cut the grass there.

The grass is not complaining. Nice weather and an increase in rain have made for excellent growing conditions and, while deer might also be enjoying the spurt, it is important that residents avoid taller spots, where ticks and mosquitoes like to congregate.

The Park Service says they have renewed the necessary contracts and that all the tall grass should be cut within the next week or so.

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