Condo Owner

Spring 2017

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 • condo owner 25 Why All-Natural Coastal Landscaping Makes Sense By Marcia Bradford going native cover While driving along the beach highways in Alabama and North- west Florida you might have noticed colorful grasses and bright yellow daisy-like flowers at the base of sable palms and the shorter, wider palmetto shrubs. According to Joseph Harrison, Account Manager - Gulf Coast Region for Landscape Workshop, LLC, many condominium com- munities in the area are finding that there are a number of benefits to using native plants in their landscaping. "Any plant that is fa- miliar to the area and its conditions can be easier to grow because it needs less water once it is established," he explained. Harrison said that many condos he works with are using a lot of grasses, such as pink Muhly grass, Pampas grass, Cord grass and Fakahatchee grass. The Lighthouse Resort and San Carlos condos in Gulf Shores are using some native plants and the Cottages at Romar are using an all-natural look for their land- scape, he said. Cheryl Jones, a member of the Longleaf Pine Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS), which is located in Pensac- ola and serves the western Panhandle area, said there are many good reasons to use native plants to landscape condo develop- ments on and near the beach. ►

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