Perris spray-paints lawns in upkeep effort

PERRIS, Calif. The city has hired a contractor to trim and edge neglected lawns of homes in Perris, and to spray them with a green dye to cover up bald spots.

City spokesperson Joe Vargo says the idea is to keep Perris from looking blighted. "It's part of a pilot project and one of several examples of how Perris is aggressively meeting the economic slump head-on," Vargo told reporters.

The city is spending more than $2 million on the project; the average cost to spray one lawn is $550.

The dye is /*eco-friendly*/, and harmless to people and pets.

In addition to the lawn program, the city has also authorized money to help prospective home buyers make down payments, and current property owners to make improvements.


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