KENNER, La. (AP) — The city of Kenner is taking steps to combat blight by amending its property laws to require that lawns be edged and trash removed.

City council members tell The Times-Picayune the changes approved Thursday make explicit some common-sense ideas that were not clear in the law.

Officials say some property owners, cited repeatedly for letting their grass grow more than 15 inches tall, respond by mowing haphazardly and not edging at all.

The changes require edging of developed lots as well as removal of trash before the grass is cut, presumably targeting people who merely mow around junk piles.

The amendments were recommended by a code enforcement advisory committee that remains at work and likely will have more suggestions.