Mow your lawn... or risk jail time in Canton, Ohio


CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Homeowners who don't mow their grass in the northeast Ohio city of Canton now face stiffer penalties — including possible jail time.

The city council unanimously passed a law Monday that makes a second high-grass violation a fourth-degree misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $250 and as many as 30 days in jail.

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Would anyone be surprised if they'd try to put that into place here?

Remember how they LOVE to put levys, fines, assessments and taxes into place and justify it by citing other cities who do it...

So.. whos cutting your grass while you're cooling your heels in jail? You'll come out and be screwed... you won't be able to afford a fine for the month long growth since you've probably lost your job while in jail for a month so you'll just end up in jail again since you've got a months worth of growth.

You'd probably end up missing some house payments too, since your in jail and jobless so the next time you get out you might be in the process of losing your house and being homeless not to mention that fine/possible jail time for the grass that hasn't been cut for another month.

Ok so maybe that's extreme but seriously.. how is tossing people in jail for things like that going to change anything?

We have a $75 fine with 3 day orders, a $150 repeat fine, & a $300 3rd time fine for not mowing your lawn or native plant meadow. I've been to court over a meadow. Professional lawn specialists recommend 2 1/2" to 3" mowing length for healthiest lawns. I think the fines begin at 6".

I think Carty even has City mowers doing ODOT's right of way along I-75.


It is called nuisance abatement. A much broader brush to fine or possibly jail anyone for a number things.

Why don't the neighbors just mow an over grown property? While I might not open a gate to take care of someone’s back yard, I’d mow the front yard of any house with-in two to three houses of me.

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