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Old 04-07-2019, 11:50 AM
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We just bought a new home in the Villages! Yay! I am so excited to play in the yard and plant some of my favorite flowers. I have read my deed restrictions and want to abide by the rules, however, I am a little confused as to scrubs. Are they considered the same as trees? My restrictions say I cannot cut down a tree with a trunk more then 4 inches in diameter. Is it the same for scrubs? I am not planning any changes to the hard landscape. I am worried that my question is silly and don't want to bother what seems like a very busy ARC. Is it okay to thin out scrubs and change flowers without going through the review process? Thank you so much for your input!
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:56 AM
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There are no silly questions, if you don’t know ask. The straight answer is you can do whatever you want with shrubs and flowers.
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Old 04-07-2019, 12:19 PM
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Just remember if you put shrubbery on the edge of your property, your deed restriction *probably* mentions somewhere that the shrubbery must be maintained at UNDER 4 feet in height.
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Just remember if you put shrubbery on the edge of your property, your deed restriction *probably* mentions somewhere that the shrubbery must be maintained at UNDER 4 feet in height.
And two foot off the property line or driveway if I interpreted it clearly? It also says hedge is row of shrubs planted in line? So it I have two or more bushes growing together I guess that’s hedge?
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Old 04-07-2019, 03:07 PM
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OP, call community standards with your questions, 352-751-3912, they will be glad to talk to you, also, if you need permission for a project, there is NO COST to fill out the form to get approval for your project. I have done this several times, very painless process, and all my projects have been approved.
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:41 AM
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We just bought a new home in the Villages! Yay! I am so excited to play in the yard and plant some of my favorite flowers. I have read my deed restrictions and want to abide by the rules, however, I am a little confused as to scrubs. Are they considered the same as trees? My restrictions say I cannot cut down a tree with a trunk more then 4 inches in diameter. Is it the same for scrubs? I am not planning any changes to the hard landscape. I am worried that my question is silly and don't want to bother what seems like a very busy ARC. Is it okay to thin out scrubs and change flowers without going through the review process? Thank you so much for your input!
Not silly when you try to figure out restrictions in villages with each district have some differences, let alone trying to fine it on district.gov?

Shrubs are not trees. I doubt any shrub trunk will ever get 4” in diameter. If it does it will take very long time. 4” rule is for canopy trees like oaks, maples, ext... palms are not considered canopy trees so the 4” rule don’t apply to them for approval for removal.
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:21 PM
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Not silly when you try to figure out restrictions in villages with each district have some differences, let alone trying to fine it on district.gov?

Shrubs are not trees. I doubt any shrub trunk will ever get 4” in diameter. If it does it will take very long time. 4” rule is for canopy trees like oaks, maples, ext... palms are not considered canopy trees so the 4” rule don’t apply to them for approval for removal.
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:34 PM
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Thank you so much everyone! I have the specific restrictions for my District and lot number. The restrictions were written in 2004 and are difficult to read due to print quality. I just want to make sure I don't inadvertently break the rules and frustrate myself.
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Old 04-11-2019, 03:09 AM
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In addition to boundary lines and shrubbery privacy/height restrictions, I'm sure you wouldn't make access difficult by planting around any meters, electrical or cable boxes.
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Old 04-11-2019, 07:25 AM
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and if you get the form approved, keep it in your records so they can't come back at you.
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