With spring days away, Petersburg is preparing to continue its crackdown on unkempt lawns. An ordinance adopted in 2011 prohibits grass more than a foot tall. Property owners have 48 hours to comply after the city tags their property. If the city cuts overgrown grass or weeds, it will place a lien on the property to recover its cost. The Progress-Index reports that the city issued more than 650 citations in 2013. City crews mowed 150 properties and private contractors hired by the city mowed 520 properties. The city has hired a contractor to do all the work this year. City manager William E. Johnson III says a clean city helps promote economic development and tourism.