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Old 05-27-2013, 09:06 PM   #16
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I've been working in a modest ranch house in a 'prestige ' town---two bed room--50 foot wide lot.

Homeowner told me the taxes are $9000 a year----Yikes---

Nice town but,holy cow---

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location does have a great deal to do with that.
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The easiest way to get rid of them. Find a older guy who has a tow truck. He will wrap a strap around the bottom. Drop the boom on the back of his truck. Hook the winch up to the strap. One pull there out. Has to be an older guy. Younger guys probably won't do it. My father did it for a couple neighbors when i was a kid. The older guy in town still does it for people.
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Taxes here were 1,700, but dropped to $841 because I filed for Homestead Exemption. This includes garbage pickup. My water bill is $15-20 a month but I've read Fla. has some of the lowest water bills and plans to eventually raise water rates.

My dad used to use his tractor to pull tree stumps out. I've done my share of removing shrubs by digging around roots, sawing roots and repeating till I got the thing out.

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digging around roots, sawing roots and repeating till I got the thing out.
That's how I did it. A hacksaw and a reciprocating saw come in real handy.
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The easiest way to get rid of them. Find a older guy who has a tow truck. .

Don't let anybody drive across your septic field
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Startingover, your house is lovely, I love the brick and think the roof
and shutters are a great color for your style house; it compliments
the brick nicely. I prefer dark houses, especially in Florida, it's
cool looking.
In the second pic the shrubs on the left side seem to be trimmed better?

My suggestion as far as the landscaping, is to put a little color in the left
bed, and also get a nice big planter or urn and fill it with colorful flowers,
and place it by your front entrance.

Another suggestion is to put a colorful wreath on the front door, with silk
flowers. Include red silk flowers in the wreath, it's good fang shui.
Red invites in prosperity.

Other than that, your house is lovely, embrace it, and enhance it, and
don't listen to your friends.
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two knots: thanks. How would you like a Florida vacation and come here to supervise? I'm thinking of leaving everything as they are established, but slowly cutting shrubs back in size. With my sandy soil and lack of rain, I have to pamper anything I plant. I'm sticking to native plants and just mentioned to the local nursery that my DD bought me a redbud at Home Depot which immediately died. They told me their plants are all grown within 100 miles so thrive better while Home Depot buys from distributors all over. Makes sense to me.

My back patio, is full of container plants, but already some have died and I learned they don't tolerate heat. Coneflowers do well. I read columbine do well in heat but the local nursery said they don't. I asked about Knockout roses in containers and the nursery said, no.

I think I'll cut back the section of the uniform shrub that's in front of brick at the edge of the garage and take your suggestion and put a pot there with flowers. I do have a pot with 'cross sandra' by the front door, which I bought on a whim and surprisingly it does exceptionally well.

I had a book on Feng Shui, but forgot about it. I found a wreath at TJMaxx with dried flowers and sea shells which I hung on the door recently as there was a hook there. I have tons of red in back to attract hummers, but didn't know it attracted prosperity. I keep the front nice to invite good Feng Shui . Will buy more red for the front immediately.

The 2nd photo was the realtor's photo and older so that's why things look much neater. When friends and family up north want to see the house I show them that and not the current weedy, overgrown view. What's a little deception amongst friends.

Later I'll get photos of the side fence and my butterfly garden. We call the other side of the fence, the 'lower 40'. I'm planting 'Simpson Stoppers', which birds like and wax myrtles, bottle brush, and flatwood plum to attract birds and to cover that area so eventually I don't have to mow. Since I'm on a corner the city considers that a 'front' and I had to have the fence put 25' back. But now I can go out in the back yard in my bathrobe to feed the birds without strangers gawking.

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In order for plants on pots to thrive they need lots of water, especially in
Florida. I know here on Long Island, geraniums
do well in pots cause they
like to dry out between watering. Although, last year we put lots of geraniums
around the pond and they did well with all the water from the underground sprinklers. I guess they adapted to a lot of water.

Did you ever hear of a plant called 'live forever (Sedum)?' We have
lots of it as it divides very easily. It's a low water tolerating plant and gets a flower in late summer.

Another plant I love is coral bells ( Purple Palace) We have it in red..It
comes in many colors. This is another plant that divides easily; we have it all over the place.

A cactus garden is another area for you to explore. I love cactus, but we
don't have any.

Yes, Red invites in prosperity. You could also paint the outside of your
door red. My DD front door is red..My door is stained oak and stained glass (humming birds)...the head
knot would kill me if I painted it red...
Right now I have a fabric heart that I bought on vacation on
our front door, in either case -- a wreath or heart, I frequently spray it with a fragrant spray like
Asian spice, or fresh linen...my guests as passing through the front door always say, "it smells so good in here."
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They love it, till the inevitable day it has to be pumped out, or replaced and they face a many thousand dollar bill and their front yard being torn up, then they wish they had sewer and paid the minimal $25 bill a month or whatever.
$25? That would be nice. The average in PA is $40. Over the 20 year lifespan of the average septic system, it's a toss up in cost. Fortunately, I have a septic system. Unfortunately, they made me install the kind with an ugly hump and a pump, which negates most of the benefits. But at least I don't have to worry about them doing road work and breaking my line so that sewage backs into my house... or shutting me off because someone in power didn't like me, and causing sewage to back into my house... or jacking up the rate so high that I can't pay, so they shut it off and sewage backs into my house.
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$25? That would be nice. The average in PA is $40. Over the 20 year lifespan of the average septic system, it's a toss up in cost. Fortunately, I have a septic system. Unfortunately, they made me install the kind with an ugly hump and a pump, which negates most of the benefits. But at least I don't have to worry about them doing road work and breaking my line so that sewage backs into my house... or shutting me off because someone in power didn't like me, and causing sewage to back into my house... or jacking up the rate so high that I can't pay, so they shut it off and sewage backs into my house.
If it's so ugly, and I'm not doubting you, but why not landscape
around it and hide the ugly hump and pump?
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If it's so ugly, and I'm not doubting you, but why not landscape
around it and hide the ugly hump and pump?
You can't plant any shrubs or trees on or around it. The way ours is oriented actually looks somewhat natural, but it's still a hassle to mow over and the grass always looks bad (despite Erma Bombeck's claims).
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oh, I remember Erma Bombecks book, "The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank". She was great!

Two Knots, on cactus........I must have been a slow child. My mother had all sorts of cactus in planters when I was growing up and I don't remember why I tried touching them but I got those needles in my fingers more than once. (you'd think after once I'd have learned).

I sprayed my front door wreath with a spice scent and love the idea.

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I never knew that shrubs could ever be outdated. As for the privacy, put up film on the window. High shrubs make it too easy for someone to hide behind.
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gregzoll, film is a great idea!

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