Iowa woman fights to protect prairie grass

An eastern Iowa woman is fighting with city officials to retain prairie grass the she says has taken her a decade to grow.

KWQC-TV reports Jeanne Hedges of Buffalo says she’s worked hard to grow the native grass because she “wanted to recreate a small prairie of my own.”

But a city inspector told her had had to cut the grass. Hedges says the inspector called it a bunch of weeds and noted the city code required grass to be cut when it grows over 10 inches high.

Mayor Doug Anderson says the city isn’t trying to bully the woman, but it must enforce the city laws. He says the City Council will decide if prairie grass is a nuisance or a garden.