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GIG Landscape & Design, Doing everything we can to meet your expectations.

GIG Landscape & Design, Doing everything we can to meet your expectations.

  • Posted: Feb 21, 2016
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G.I.G. Landscape, Inc. Green Is Good! At G.I.G. Landscape, Inc, we are focused on providing lawn and landscape services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. With a variety of offerings to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon! G.I.G. Landscape’s mission is to be the premier landscape maintenance firm in South Florida. What began as a family business has blossomed into a full service design, consulting, and maintenance firm. Our team of professionals includes, Arborists, Certified Landscape Inspectors and designers, BMP Specialists and Licensed pest control operators. G.I.G. continues to build and maintain strong relationships within the landscape industry which proves to be valuable to our success and an asset to our customers. G.I.G. takes pride in its long history of serving residential and commercial developers, general contractors, property management companies, commercial property owners and landscape   G.I.G. Landscape is currently contracted to maintain numerous properties throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. We have the staff, equipment and expertise necessary to meet our clients’ needs on an around the clock basis if and when necessary. We specialize in working for shopping centers, corporate plazas, wetlands, home owner associations and residential properties. We conform to the specialized needs of every project and each client receives personalized attention to ensure complete satisfaction with their services. G.I.G. prides itself on the appearance of their properties as well as the education of its staff, this ensures our clients receive the attention to detail their sites require. When applicable we implement all “Green Standards”, from the products we use, to our clean up and disposal policies. G.I.G.’s goal is to achieve beautiful lush properties that are economically and environmentally effective     The Owner and staff hold many certifications such as: Certified Arborists, Certified Pest Control Operators, Certified Tree trimmers, Landscape inspectors and State of Fl. Registered Tree Graders. G.I.G. has worked closely with the community donating time and resources to many local charities and charity-related projects G.I.G. values the business relationships it develops and has benefited from years of continued client commitment. With a strong reputation backed by quality work we are achieving our goals of being the premier full service maintenance firm and look forward to working with you in the future. A member of SFPMA GREEN IS GOOD / G.I.G. Landscape, Inc. Phone: 954-826-8425 FAX: 954-337-0888 Email: giglandscape@aol.com WEBSITE: http://www.giglandscape.com 1361 Sandpiper Circle Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 CONTACT US: JESSICA DUDLEY…

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Florida friendly landscaping

Florida friendly landscaping

  • Posted: Oct 08, 2015
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Florida friendly landscaping and your association Column by Ryan Poliakoff, Esq. – management information for associations.   The Florida Legislature dramatically modified an older law that was designed to encourage Florida-friendly landscaping in communities governed by homeowner associations.  Under Florida Statute section 373.185, “Florida-friendly landscaping” is defined as “quality landscapes that conserve water, protect the environment, are adaptable to local conditions, and are drought tolerant.”  Such landscaping is also sometimes called “xeriscaping”—the use of gardening and landscaping to naturally reduce the reliance of irrigation water.  As you can imagine, xeriscaping is an extremely active discipline in drought-laden areas of the country, such as Arizona, and our own repetitive winter drought conditions have increased interest in xeriscaping in Florida. The statute specifies that Florida-friendly landscaping abides by nine governing principles: planting the right plant in the right place, efficient watering, appropriate fertilization, mulching, attraction of wildlife, responsible management of yard pests, recycling yard waste, reduction of storm water runoff and waterfront protection.  The law directs water management districts to create their own plans for managing Florida-friendly landscaping in their communities and to provide incentive programs to encourage such plantings. The law also states “a deed restriction or covenant may not prohibit or be enforced so as to prohibit any property owner from implementing Florida-friendly landscaping on his or her land.”  This law is then supplemented directly by the HOA Act (FS 720), which provides that homeowners’ association documents may not prohibit or be enforced so as to prohibit any property owner from implementing Florida-friendly landscaping as defined in s. 373.185, on his or her land. Note, however, what these laws do not do.  They do not require that HOAs or their residents must only use Florida-friendly landscaping in their plantings.  Nor do they mandate that HOAs remove or force owners to remove their own traditional, non-native plants.  All the law does is encourage water management districts to create programs that endorse and incentivize appropriate natural plants and landscaping plans and prohibit HOAs from enforcing covenants that would keep residents from following Florida-friendly landscaping principles if they so choose. The law also does not establish an agency or mechanism for enforcing the law.  If your HOA is attempting to prevent you from installing Florida-friendly landscaping, you will unfortunately need to sue the association to enforce your rights under the Act. Rather than a mandate, the law encourages healthy landscaping practices such as using native, drought-resistant plants, reducing reliance on fertilizer, encouraging composting, providing natural places for wildlife and insects to live and breed, and limiting pesticides.  Would this law allow a homeowner to tear up their lawn and replace it with pebbles, or artificial turf, contrary to HOA covenants?  Probably not.  The Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program, developed by the University of Florida, has guidelines that specifically provide for covenants that prohibit artificial turf and for covenants that require natural plantings at turf-alternatives.  And “Florida-friendly” does not mean “ugly.”  Plants native to Florida can be quite beautiful–full of exotic blooms, easy to care for and very resistant to changes in water. Visit the University of Florida’s IFAS website for tools and ideas on how to assist your HOA in enforcing landscaping rules and drafting new ones, and for ideas to help residents adopt a Florida friendly landscape that is both attractive and kind to Florida’s environment….

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