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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Grass & Water 1

Did you read Dom Guarnagia in the December UCO Reporter? If we do not stop the trimming of grass up to the water line - our associations could be responsible for replacing shoreline GeoTube!
I quote Dom:

"The method of re-establishing the shoreline chosen involved the use of a fabric tube called a Geo Tube that was filled with material from the bottom of the waterway with sod staked atop it to eliminate or at least reduce exposure to sunlight and UV rays that can shorten the life- span of the material. When the grass (sod) has been trimmed to the water’s edge, exposure was exacerbated and the decision to eliminate trimming the vegetation five (5) feet from the water. This allows the proliferation of plant life and the reduction of exposure of ‘the bag’. With time and an ongoing study, the introduction of aquatic plants should improve the visual effect. Currently, associations can request that their maintenance provider trim those plants that exceed perhaps eighteen (18) inches, but not eliminate the plants. Failure to allow the vegetative growth can result in the association’s responsibility to repair or replace, at their expense, any Geo Tube that deteriorates due to the lack of vegetative cover."


  1. West Palm Oct 2012: Ordinance restricting fertilizer. Among other restrictions under the law, grass clippings can’t be blown or swept into the street, where they might wash into storm drains. Fertilizer can’t be applied within 10 feet of any water body, including canals, or when the National Weather Service issues a flood, tropical storm or hurricane warning or watch

    Greenacres: Landscapers and other commercial users of fertilizer must complete a six-hour Florida Friendly training program by the end of 2013.

    These rules are now common over most of the state.

  2. The new ordinance will require commercial applicators — anyone paid to apply fertilizer — to complete a training program by Jan. 1, 2014 and carry with them “at all times when applying fertilizer” proof that they successfully completed the program. The penalty for a first offense is $250. Second offenses within one year of the first offense carry a $500 fine.
    Note: Phosphorus and nitrogen from fertilizers commonly used on yards and landscape wash into sewers and canals or leach into the groundwater after rains. The nutrient rich water boosts the growth of plants, which clog canals used for flood protection. Algae blooms and aquatic weeds also smother waterways, killing fish and other wildlife.


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