Ask NOW: Who is responsible for cutting the grass along the new sidewalk on Capitol Drive?
Capitol Drive terrace is residents', businesses' responsibility to mow
Question: Who is responsible for cutting the grass along the new sidewalk on Capitol Drive? Also, why was some of it seeded, and some sodded?
Answer: By city of Brookfield ordinance, the residences and businesses adjacent to the sidewalk are each responsible for caring for their sections of the grass up to the roadway, City Engineer Jeff Chase said.
However, sometimes it can be difficult for a property owner to take care of their part of the grass due to certain impediments, like if it is on a steep hill. In those cases, the city may work with the property owner to maintain the grass.
With the sidewalk less than a year old, Chase said, the city is still "working through" how to apply the ordinance for every section of grass.
As far as using seed vs. sod, Chase said, that was up to the state Department of Transportation, although he noted several factors that often dictate which method is used for planting grass. He said it's more common for the state to use sod in more urban areas because of the instant effect, although in the long run it can be better to use seed whenever possible.
Chase said sod may look best initially, but grass planted from seed is generally better at withstanding the stresses of being next to a roadway, including heat from the nearby pavement, chemicals in salt used for de-icing and effects of other pollutants.
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