When plants are overgrown they become a nuisance and unacceptable to the general public and need to be controlled. Lincoln's ordinance specifies that weeds or worthless vegetation must not grow higher than six inches above the ground.
There is an increased emphasis on natural areas in and around Lincoln for drainage ways, green space, parks, residential landscaping, etc. There are some basic concepts that need to be understood in managing natural areas in urban areas.
The City of Lincoln Municipal Code states, "It shall be the duty of every owner of real estate in the city to cut and clear, or clear, such real estate, together with one-half of the streets and alleys abutting thereon, of all weeds or worthless vegetation whenever such weeds or worthless vegetation shall extend more than six inches above the ground."