The city council passed a law letting residents replace their grass landscaping with rocks, pebbles and other Florida-friendly materials.
The council members believe Florida-friendly yards can be attractive if well maintained.
The new landscaping rules allow the use of “any combination of living plants (such as grass, ground cover, shrubs, vines, hedges or trees) and non-living landscape materials (such as rocks, pebbles, sand mulch, walls, fences, or decorative paving materials).” The previous law required lawns consist of “permeable vegetative green space.”
Passage of the ordinance means that a growing number of nonconforming properties in the city will now be legal.
One councilmember had pushed for Florida-friendly landscaping, claiming “it not only saves water, but it’s not going to need fertilizer, which has a tremendous runoff (into waterways).”