Aug. 1, 2008

The Grass Really is Greener Next Door–Lawn Care

Bonita Springs Lawn Care

Abuse

These homes are located in Bonita Springs, Florida. I'll spare one of the home owners the indignity of mentioning which of the Bonita Springs communities it is located in. For months I've watched in horror and amazement as the exterior of the house on the left has "evolved" to what it is today. Just when you think it can't get much worse it does. If you didn't know better you'd think the house was abandoned or on the verge of foreclosure. Sadly, this home owner is just unskilled at lawn care. They keep trying and trying and it is just getting worse. They're lovely people, I like them alot, but they must have never heard that Clint Eastwood line, "A man's got to know his limitations".

The neighbor that actually has grass in his yard is one of those "gardening" types. He's consistently working on his yard, the flower beds, fertilizing, you name it. I am sad for him to have to look at the neighbor's yard. The only thing either of them have going for them is that neither of them has their real estate for sale. The poor guy on the left of "dead grass house" does have his for sale. I wonder what the people that look at it say about "dead grass house".

So, what can a person do to cure an eyesore like this? I am not really sure, but I am going to take a stab at it:

  • It can't hurt to at least check into code enforcement. www.CityofBonitaSprings.org I don't know if there is a law that you must have grass, but there may be rules regarding the debris mixed in with the dead yard and trees.
  • There's a neighbor on each side of this Bonita Springs home. Lawn services run $75-100 per month - worst case scenario? Each neighbor kicks in $150 for three months of lawn service as a gift. After three months, it has to start looking better or at least good enough for them to get hooked on professional lawn care.
  • Just talk to the neighbor and ask if there is anything you can do to help. Maybe they'll let you help or give them advice. When you have a lawn like you see on a Scott's commercial you have advice to give.

So, I got busted taking the photo by the "live grass house". He asked if I was putting the photo in my Naples Daily News column. I had to explain that it wasn't really news worthy until lightening strikes and ignites the dead grass. I'll just keep it on my little old blog. Hey, rainy season is about to begin in Bonita Springs, that grass just might perk up. Until it starts raining, that lot is officially the most raggedy piece of Bonita Springs real estate in town.

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