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Old 01-22-2017, 09:33 PM
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The grass clippings from the mower would indicate differently and during the growing season it most definitely needed weekly cutting.
I assumed you were growing Common or Oklawn Centipede, and minimal fertilization & water. Some of the varieties more common in the North or keeping the nitrogen and water available would require more mowing than the local Centipede lawns I have experience with.
There is a lawn in Fruitland Park that has been Centipede for over 30 years. He never fertilizes or waters and when he mows it once a year, it is around 3 inches tall...prior to mowing.

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Old 01-22-2017, 09:46 PM
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I don't recall the exact flavor of Centipede but it was not in the north - it was southern GA. 3 inches is well outside the recommended growing height of 1.5-2 inches. All of the centipede lawns where I lived needed cutting weekly.

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I assumed you were growing Common or Oklawn Centipede, and minimal fertilization & water. Some of the varieties more common in the North or keeping the nitrogen and water available would require more mowing than the local Centipede lawns I have experience with.
There is a lawn in Fruitland Park that has been Centipede for over 30 years. He never fertilizes or waters and when he mows it once a year, it is around 3 inches tall...prior to mowing.
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Old 01-23-2017, 05:10 AM
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Did you know that the Architectural Committee's (ARC) cannot be challenged? This is so, even if a resident totally removes all grass and replaces it with Pine Straw (4 sides of his property) on his golf course lot without prior approval. As long as the resident uses "Florida- Friendly plants, this is so in District 5, the Villages of Poinciana.

When we purchased a home in the Villages we agreed to abide by certain covenants, as are still stated on the Villages website. On one condition is: Florida Statute 373.185:
"A deed restriction or covenant may not prohibit any property owner from implementing Florida-friendly landscaping on his or her land. Florida-friendly landscaping refers to the utilization of drought tolerant "plants". It does not mean that sod may be replaced with rock, decorative stone, pine straw, mulch or similar non-plant material; however, those non-plant materials may be used as an accent around the said plantings."

If this covenant has been amended, it is not mentioned on the website. Why not?

Yet, a resident can be threatened with a fine/day if a Patriotic flower is not removed from their front lawn; also a covenant- no lawn ornaments.
The key wording regarding "It does not mean....etc. Two specifics are "it does not mean," example change lay of land (grade). The other word "accent" means just that not impacting the grade - lay of land necessary to not impact the neighboring properties in a negative way.

I am not reading or looking at our resident covenants to know for a fact that only a front yard grass requirement exists but State Statute referenced here does not limit protections to a front yard.

State statutes supercede any covenants we may have when express requirement that is less than state law. The same thing would apply regarding Federal Statutes. We read all the time about challenges but in the end it is to have consistency for all regardless of where we live or at least we like to think so.
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