Not in Your Backyard

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Vera and Henry Jones say the typical suburban yard provides little habitat for birds and other animals and requires too much water. So they began replacing their Ottawa, Canada, yard with tall grasses, wild flowers, and lots of perennials. City officials have now cited them for failing to mow their grass and for having weeds and undergrowth. The city says that if the two don't mow, officials will do it for them and send the couple a bill.

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