Madison city ordinances seek to prevent neglect of homes and yards. So long as a property is being appropriately taken care of, however, a wide variety of landscaping choices are legal.
-Conventional lawns of short grass are legal and are still common in the city. In some parts of the United States, lawns are not legal, mostly due to the unsustainable amount of water they require in areas prone to drought conditions.
-Tall grass is legal, so long as the property owner follows the process to notify the city that they have a natural yard.
-Garden beds containing flowers or vegetables are legal.
-It’s legal to have a yard containing many trees, with leaf litter covering the ground underneath them. Wooded lots are generally considered to be one of the most valuable types of real estate.
-It’s legal to fill a yard with hundreds of pink plastic flamingoes, which are the official city bird.
–Large metal sculptures are also a legal addition to a Madison yard.
Most if not all of these choices are in actual use in Madison, bringing a wonderful diversity to our city.