Roswell cracking down on overgrown weeds

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE)- New Mexico usually needs all the rain it can get and rarely do people complain about getting too much of it. However, a couple of really rainy years has one New Mexico city being overtaken by weeds and the city is cracking down.

Tall weeds and grass have become a problem in Roswell and the city’s writing tickets but some people are taking to social media to keep the city accountable as well. The city took to its Facebook page to remind everyone to keep their weeds under control but some people fired back telling the city to do the same with its own property.

One Facebook user said, “It would be nice if our government overlords could practice what they preach.”

Roswell resident Robert Overton was spraying for weeds in his front lawn Wednesday afternoon.

“They’ve been unusually bad this year because of all the rain we’ve had, so I’ve been put here quite often,” he said, referring to the weeds he’s seen around town.

“We all take a lot of pride in our city and we’re encouraging business owners and city officials and city staff and residents all to make sure that we are keeping our city clean and safe,” said DeAnna Phillips, Roswell Director of Public Affairs.

If your property isn’t meeting city requirements, code enforcement will issue a warning, giving you 10 days to clean it up. If you don’t take care of it, it could cost you.

“It could potentially become a municipal court issue or we could potentially place a lien on the property,” said Phillips.

The warning also goes for city crews because the city can get ticketed too. “We hold ourselves to the same accountability. We will ticket ourselves. Our code enforcement, they don’t take any lax on any of our departments,” said Phillips

People in Roswell can report out of control weeds by calling the city’s code enforcement unit. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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