Oxford reinstates rules against tall grass, weeds

OXFORD — The city of Oxford is telling residents that scraggly landscaping is unacceptable.

Leaders say a clerical error caused a weed-regulation ordinance to be knocked off the books the past two years. The Oxford Eagle reports that aldermen put it back into effect this past week.

People who allow grass, weeds or other “undesirable” vegetation to grow more than a foot tall may be forced to defend their choices at a public hearing. The ordinance allows 10 days for the offending growth to be trimmed into compliance.

The rule bothers gardeners who enjoy natural terrain. Oxford resident Elaine Gelbard says she doesn’t understand why tall vegetation poses a safety hazard.

The Associated Press