After last week's column about the overgrown yard in Sears Woods pretty much blew up the Internet, I thought I'd shy away from that genre for a short while.
But then I got a call from a Concerned Reader named Sonny, who told me about a yard that made the one in Sears Woods look like a fairway at Augusta National. At first, I thought his description of the house on Norris Road had to be hyperbolic. No house could be as overgrown as he described.
Then I motored over and had a look myself. Seriously, the first time I rode past it, I did just that rode past it. You have to look closely to see that there is in fact a house behind the wall of overgrown shrubbery.
You could film a Tarzan movie in this yard.
I contacted the city's Special Enforcement Department and asked if the house had been reported, because I couldn't imagine it not being on the city's radar. It turns out the property had been reported back in January and it was cut back in February, I was told.
They must have just addressed the weeds and not the shrubs. Look at the picture I took. Those look like they haven't been trimmed since the Reagan administration.
Anyway, Special Enforcement said they would send another officer to check it out.
I also did some rooting around online and determined that the woman who owns it apparently lives in Woodford, Va., so it might take the city a little while to get this one taken care of. But at least they're on it now.
We'll keep an eye on this one and let you know what happens.
Getting back to Sears Woods -- for those of you who may have been at the beach -- an elderly woman and her daughter live in the house, which had become badly overgrown and they weren't able to take care of it.
Not more than a couple of hours after we published the column, a small army of Good Samaritans descended on the yard and had it looking ship-shape in no time flat. They cut the grass and trimmed the shrubbery and had all the yard waste neatly stacked at the curbside for the city to pick up.
One follower of this column, Concerned Reader Debbie, dubbed the group the "Sod Squad."
Whatever they call themselves, thanks again for helping these ladies out.