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What's up with the grass

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by poolabab, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    Hear, hear!!! I've been surprised how quick the homes have sold around here lately.
     
  2. rich351854

    rich351854 New Member

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    Sorry Cliff..... but "Relatively well" has no benchmark....taken to an extreme: relative to sales in Las Vegas this is a booming housing market. I personally like attractive well maintained landscaping and am willing to pay less than $5/year for this improvement - but understand that majority rules and there are "choices" that must be made / prioritized.

    I originally posted because I saw the commentary that $11K was crazy and just wanted to put out there that $11K over a large population of people is actually quite small
     
  3. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    rich - but it's also a recurring cost that will also only ever go UP over time with age and upkeep. It adds right to the baseline of things that 'must' be covered and no longer are discretionary spending year to year.

    that's why I would be against it.. raising the baseline costs of the place for marginal gain.
     
  4. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    In the past few months, I know of several folks who have sold their homes in a few days, some for full asking price. That's "relatively well" for me, in ANY market or circumstance.
    My point is that having that stretch of Broadlands look like the rest of Broadlands is not, in my mind, a problem. The community as a whole is, in my opinion, very attractive and well maintained.
    I agree with you that in the big scheme of things 11K is not a lot of money, but I don't think it needs to be spent.
     
  5. CoachCal

    CoachCal New Member

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    IMO, if it really only costs about 35 cents a month per home ($4 a year) to maintain the grass watering then I think it is definitely worth it. I can't count the number of times relatives and friends visiting the area have mentioned how much they enjoy the landscaping and grass we have in our community. It really sets it apart from everyone else.

    I also run a lot in the neighborhoods and it is always nice to have a softer surface next to the trails to switch to when knees/shins are bothering you.
     
  6. Erickson Family

    Erickson Family New Member

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    We could be like Brambleton and paint the grass green!

    Have you seen the medians behind the movie theater?
    They're pretty bright!
     
  7. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    I don't think my 4 bucks is worth throwing into the ground so that the grass is "green". Grass color will come back when the weather is cooler anyhow.

    With the way the economy is going and many people without jobs trying to feed their families/themselves, I'd rather donate the $$ to the foodbanks or whatnot to help out our fellow citizens. It will go a lot farther than going straight to the ground while the heat wave/sun will just keep burning the grass.

    I just believe that the $11K could well be better used elsewhere than straight into the ground. Its not going to kill us all to have brown grass for awhile. Sure, the medians are green for right now and I bet that the developers paid for it so that they can get people to BUY the houses they have just thrown up. Its all a cost of doing business for them as they are wanting to off-load the houses in a dismal economy. I'll bet that after the last house is sold, they aren't going to keep watering the grass.

    Lastly, water is a precious commodity that we are spending $$ to have it go into the grass that isn't going to fee cows/animals but just for VANITY???
     
  8. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Agree. It's a valuable AND limited resource, yet we pay so few $$$ for it, it's easy to dismiss.
     
  9. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    Whups...typo....I meant to say "feed" the cows/animals....

    Lastly, water is a precious commodity that we are spending $$ to have it go into the grass that isn't going to fee cows/animals but just for VANITY???[/QUOTE]
     
  10. exbubba

    exbubba New Member

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    Pretty ;soon you'll all be asking to pave over the green spaces so you don't have to pay maint. fees. This greenness is probably why you moved here in the first place.. Try not to knee jerk in your reactions during more difficult times. Maybe assocn. should research drought tolerant grasses. This area is notorious for being on the boarder between cool and warm season grass areas. Maybe there's a better way to xeriscape those common areas and stay green. Not watering plants that need water will cost more later.
     
  11. CoachCal

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    Penny smart...

    Look I understand that people are driven by incentives, so here is one you probably didn't consider.

    When grass isn't properly maintained/watered it doesn't "just come back" when weather is cooler or there is more rain. It dies off in the heat and looks horrible and patchy when it returns (look at anyone's yard who isn't well maintained and you'll see that). Aside from that the repair cost and chemical impact to the environment to get it to grow back the following year (or when the economy is up again and people want green grass) is probably more than the cost of water to just maintain it in the first place.

    Also your point to donate $4 a month to the less fortunate is very noble... but did you consider that your homes value being thousands more because of the neighborhood appeal might be a better way to donate once you sell someday?

    I understand that some think the landscaping and grass have no impact on the homes values in our neighborhood (everyone is entitled to an opinion, just like mine here)... but I'd be willing to bet my first born that dead/brown grass in the common areas during July/August will lower the average bid you'd get on your property by at least $2,000 when you went to sell.

    I understand that some just don't enjoy the outdoors and common areas as much as others and we live in a democracy here... so the vote is the vote. Just my 2 cents... VANITY has nothing to do with it. It's no different in my mind than choosing to wash you car, or clean your house.

    agreed completely (back to my point about being penny smart)

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  12. CoachCal

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    correction... this water we're talking about costs the average homeowner $4 a year (not $4 a month)
     
  13. loudgrowler

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    $4.00 per year!?!? Wow, that is so minimal for a big impact. I love driving, biking and walking through Broadlands and would find it a shame if the grass and grounds were to die and/or become ragged and messy. On that note, it seems the HLS company does a great job maintaining the common grounds. Thank you.

    That said, I wanted to comment and ask if anyone has noticed that the sprinklers in the new home construction area (corner of Truro Parish & Belmont Ridge) seem to always be going each time I am driving that stretch of Road (which is pretty often). I suspect this new construction is probably still owned and operated by VanMetre so probably not HOA $ for this, but does seem wasteful.
     
  14. shim

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    VM seems to believe green grass helps with subliminal messaging, homes sales and values. Hmmm, we too could have this for a penny a day... I'm in!
     

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