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Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 02:50 pm:   

Our HOA is considering converting some open areas from sod to wildflowers or native grass. Does the city have any information regarding the relative costs related to maintenance of grass versus wildflowers? Additionally, are there any programs offerd by the city to assist us in determining the feasibility or offsetting any costs?
 

Karin Herrmann, CM Fellows Program (Karinh)
Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2003 - 03:17 pm:   

The City of Frisco currently does not offer any programs of this type. Our use of wildflowers has been relatively limited, but there would be significant differences in maintenance costs. One of the major differences would be the reduction of weekly maintenance during the growing season (mowing, edging, etc.) required for turf grasses. There would be initial planting costs to consider, such as bed preparation and seed costs. We purchased fifty pounds of wildflower seeds this past year at a cost of $1,268.50.

Your local county extension agent could provide you with a lot of in depth information about wildflowers that would aid you in making a decision. The following website also contains a lot of information that might be beneficial to you:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wildseed/tamuhort.html

Please feel free to contact me at 972-335-5517 if you would like to discuss maintenance issues in more detail.

Bob Johnson
Superintendent of Parks
 

Anonymous
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 02:32 pm:   

Hi,
My name is Mark Workman. I am the HOA prez for the Lakehill sub-division. We have already been converting some of our boring "open space" into native grasses and wild flowers. Drop me a line and I can give you several contacts and some "do's and don'ts". It took me a while to find all this info, but I am willing to pass it along.

email: mworkman@flash.net
 

John Parchman
Unregistered guest
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 03:01 pm:   

Are there any city ordinances that might be refered to as "weed ordinances" that might prevent the installation of a wildflower or native grass installation?

Has the city explored the use of wildflowers as an alternative to or to augment median landscaping?
 

Amy Gill, CM Fellows Program
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Username: Amyg

Post Number: 30
Registered: 08-2002
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2003 - 10:23 am:   

The City of Frisco does have a vegetation ordinance that limits height requirements to twelve inches. Some areas are exempt. You can contact Code Enforcement at 972-335-5580, Extension 188 for detailed information.

The Parks Department has a one acre area at Warren Sports Complex that currently has wildflowers in bloom. There has been discussions regarding the possible use of wildflowers in certain medians, but no decisions have been made.

Bob Johnson
Superintendent of Parks

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