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Old 11-10-2016, 09:30 AM
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I thought the rule was that you could only remove a certain percentage of your lawn. I can't believe the ARC allowed this. It's a fire hazard and snakes love pine straw. Removing it was one of the first things we did. UGLY!
You have permission to xeriscape from the state of Florida. This supersedes any directive of the ARC as to how much grass you must have, it has been proven.
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You have permission to xeriscape from the state of Florida. This supersedes any directive of the ARC as to how much grass you must have, it has been proven.
If you dig into the statute, it does not say you can do whatever you want regarding xeriscape/Florida friendly designs. You still have to have a design that the HOA thinks fits in with the rest of the neighborhood. In TV, you must get any redesign approved by the ARC or may be liable for a fine and/or additional redesign costs. The ARC has approved several complete xeriscape designs. Normally, these designs have a lot of pine straw initially. But, as the plants grow and fill in, less and less pine straw is required. There are a couple of mature designs in TV that are really attractive with a variety of plants.
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Old 11-13-2016, 03:55 PM
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Does anyone truly believe pine straw is attractive? I donít have a creative bone in my body. Maybe pine straw is one of those things only creative people understand.
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Not to burst your bubble, but snakes like stone as well. Especially later in the year when the stone retains its heat. We have a little black snake that loves laying in our stone. As far as a fire hazard...seriously? Must explain the rash of lawn fires here.

Unless they are venomous, and most are not, snakes are very beneficial and keep rodents and other critters in check. And snakes are everywhere no matter what the mulch material. This is Florida.
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The Windsor Green and Barefoot Resorts fires in Myrtle Beach were a result of a previously started fire coming into contact with pine straw used for landscaping. Raleigh NC and several NC cities and towns either restrict or ban the use of pine straw. It seems far fetched until there is a fire.
Yes a pine straw fire burns really quick. When we first moved in someone threw out a cigarette and the entire front lawn down the street was on fire.
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As I posted before- replacing Sod with Pine straw is not what we want the Villages to look like. Someone commented "What is the rest of the story" take a look at the picture I attached.!!!
This is landscaping?

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TV used cypress mulch for many years, and St. Aug. grass. The change to pinestraw and zoysia save the builder about 3 hundred bucks per house. Both changes are inferior products and not better for those purchasing homes here.
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TV used cypress mulch for many years, and St. Aug. grass. The change to pinestraw and zoysia save the builder about 3 hundred bucks per house. Both changes are inferior products and not better for those purchasing homes here.
The superiority of St. Augustine to zoysia is very subjective to be stated so matter-of-factly.
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You might as well face the future. Eventually, grass will be considered bad for the environment (high water usage and pesticide/herbicide runoff) by mainstream, and everyone will be encouraged or required to use different ground cover. Already, there is a movement in TV to go xeriscape.
There may be a movement but it probably has the same percentage of proponents as the minority party here in TV.
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You have permission to xeriscape from the state of Florida. This supersedes any directive of the ARC as to how much grass you must have, it has been proven.
I'm in favor of xeriscape landscaping; but I think changes still have to be approved by the ARC.
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