St. Cloud, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/07/2013 -- The economy may be well on its way back up, right along with employment numbers, but, unfortunately, so too are food costs at your local grocery outlet on the rise.
Fresh vegetables, in particular, are increasing in cost across the board, which in turn has heralded in a new and expanding trend in residential landscaping.
More people are turning under their front lawns and flower beds and replanting them with vegetable gardens, and finding that by doing so, they're not only saving money, but are also enjoying the luxury of having fresh grown organic produce ready at hand right off the vine.
Check the Community Codes and Restrictions
It hasn't come without controversy though, as more stories are making it into the news about homeowners who have ran afoul of planned neighborhood codes and standards governing what can and cannot be included into a landscaping scheme.
Rules that are all too often tucked away in the fine print of sales contracts of any home today built and sold in a planned community.
So to find out more about this new style of edible landscaping that has brought so many people a bountiful harvest of problems with local community governing boards, who better to talk to then a professional landscaper? In a recent phone interview, a customer representative for Greener-gardens.com of Orlando, Florida took some time out to give us his take on the matter.
What an Expert in Orlando Has to Say
He told us that, “We're for sure hearing about it a lot more than we used to but we haven't received any calls yet requesting that are services be employed for this type of landscaping design scheme. What it all boils down to though, is that when you sign a contract to purchase a home in a planned neighborhood you must be aware that you will also be signing an agreement to a set list of what are called CC&R's. What these are is a list of what you can and cannot do with your home, and it not only covers landscaping but also things like styles of roofing and paint colors as well.”
“Now they aren't laws that you can be criminally charge for breaking but all CC&R contracts include a clause regarding fines that will be levied against a homeowner if they violate them. They can be pretty stiff too, and these types of contracts are drawn up to be rock solid, so they've been challenge in court and the homeowners have always lost.”
He went on to say that CC&Rs stand for 'Community Codes and Restrictions', and they have their purpose. They keep homeowners from deviating from a preplanned general look, which the original designers of a housing community laid out during its inception. So they aren't all bad, because they function to support resale values.
He simply advised anybody who's looking at any home with an eye towards buying to ask the realtor about any CC&R's, which may exist before they sign on the bottom line. They vary from community and some may allow certain plants trees and bushes that are fruit bearing.
Greener-gardens.com, based out of Orlando, Florida is one of the area’s premier recognized name in landscape design, and installation.
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