For more than four years, the Farmington on the Green Homeowners Association in Purcellville has been trying to get resident Mike Pugh to mow his grass. Now the dispute is headed for Circuit Court where a judge will be asked to weigh in. Pugh has created a two-acre meadow filled with an array of native plants and wildlife in the back section of his 5.6-acre.
The HOA made it clear that if Pugh wanted to sell his home, he would be required to mow the meadow before it approves the transfer. Pugh, however, said that turning the meadow into a lawn would destroy the habitat that shelters deer, foxes, hawks and monarch butterflies. Pugh filed a lawsuit against the HOA in 2014 to preserve the meadow. The case is set for trial in Loudoun Circuit Court on Aug. 1.
“We’re very, very confident of our legal case,” he said. Read more: