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The Crowning Glory of your South Florida Property

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Monday, May 1st, 2017 at 1:19am.

When I grew up, Saturday entailed us mowing and weeding.  Not quite my American dream, or that of my brothers as young teens, but we had a lush green lawn and it was every suburbanites dream. To some, a lawn is the crowning glory of their South Florida home. Yet to others it is a tremendous hit on their checkbook.

Everyone loves the appearance of an impeccable lawn.  Don’t you enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass and the feel of it under bare feet.  The cost to maintain it, mowing, edger’s, mowers, aerators, chemicals and fertilizers.  This is the bare minimum to achieve a beautiful lawn or hiring a lawn service.

Lawn service can be a tremendous hit on the checkbook. Studies show that well maintained landscaping can add 15% to the value of a home.  The studies do not construe the value of lawns alone, but a perfect bright green lawn makes a property look better and more marketable. 

There are minimal maintenance lawn alternatives to choose from like synthetic turf, ground cover, and turf grasses. Some interesting ground covers are woodland violet, colocasia affinia jenninsii, Asiatic jasmine.

The average household dumps 60 gallons of water per day on conventional lawns. Toxic lawn herbicides and pesticides run off and contaminate rivers, streams and lakes.  If you are looking for a modest maintenance lawn alternative, consider replacing some or all areas with an alternative grass that requires little or no water or mowing once established.  Synthetic Grass International offers just such a product that allows you time to enjoy your yard instead of spending time maintaining it. There are countless options to suit your artificial grass lawn and landscape needs. 

Here in South Florida, Jupiter and Tequesta, we are all too familiar with the “watering restrictions”.  Periods of time when the water tables fall below normal levels and “watering restrictions” are requested to be adhered to (limits to lawn watering, car washing, and excessive use of running water) and yards begin to become unquenchable and dry.  Suddenly green grass becomes public enemy number 1.  

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