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Re: update on garden/bottle brush


That's the way it is here, too, Ceres--with one notable exception. Newly constructed houses on building lots that result from cleared land usually have to plant three 30-gallon "code" trees. The list of code trees is comprised of trees that are water-thrifty [with a population growing faster than kudzu, water, not growth control [god forbid]. is a big local fear].

The major exception is lots that are carved out of cow pastures whenever possible, and lots of cow pastures are becoming housing developments. The logic [if that's what it can be called] is, there were no trees there in the first place, so clearing merely scraped away the sod. There is no requirement to replace sod.

And, of course, in the spirit of free enterprise, a new home owner can buy his or her way out of the code-tree requirement. This is an instance of legally bribing the county. We just signed a contract today, in fact, to landscape a property where the owners bought their way out of the requirement for $500 dollars [trees to meet the requirement would likely have cost them $1,000] and opted to plant coconut and other palms. Almost $20,000 worth.


On Thursday, January 29, 2004, at 11:39 AM, Cersgarden@aol.com wrote:


In a message dated 1/29/04 6:03:58 AM, justme@prairieinet.net writes:

<< The new subdivision folks have
really not planted trees.  >>

Donna, new subdivisions in this area do not have a choice. A minimum of
trees are rqd to be planted by the developers and developments with covenants have
addtl rqmts usually based on sq footage of owned land. Thank god for our
caring city and county administrators. Most communities in our area have tree
boards which are a sub committee of the city councils which plan, plant and
protect.
Ceres


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