PETERS, Mo. — While California is paying property owners to remove their turfgrass lawns, this Missouri city of 54,300 people located 27 miles northwest of St. Louis, requires that a “minimum” of 50 percent of all yard areas “shall be comprised of turfgrass.”
The ordinance punishes homeowners who do not grow enough turfgrass to please local regulators with up to $500 fines and 10 days in jail for every day the homeowners have inadequate turfgrass.
Carl and Janice Duffner replaced their grass with a manicured hillside with flowers and small ponds, walkways and sitting areas to enjoy the yard. That’s not allowed even though Janice Duffner suffers from allergies, said the city.