The city of Monroe is mowing vacant lots that have grass taller than 12 inches.
Don Hopkins, sanitation superintendent, says thousands of vacant lots in the city have overgrown grass.
Hopkins says overgrown grass can cause serious problems with snakes and mosquitoes.
He says property owner are charged $75 dollars an acre.
Hopkins says the city puts a notification in the newspaper each Wednesday to notify landowners which areas of the city will be mowed the coming week.
He says the city is hoping to raise the rate of cutting to $150 an acre.