Summer is in full swing, and so is the desire for a pristine and presentable front yard that will leave your neighbours gawking in appreciation. However for some, maintaining your lawn can at times be difficult in the summer months.
One Toronto homeowner thought she had found an easy fix to this by installing artificial grass in order to have a picture perfect lawn at all times. Unfortunately, the City of Toronto is demanding that she removes it.
Sangeeta Gounder knew the ticket to a pristine and weed-free front lawn was to install turf, after years of struggling to maintain her natural grass.
“We had a lot of trouble keeping our lawn green and weed free. It was just a lot of work to keep it up to the standard we wanted it,” Gounder tells CTV News.
After having the artificial turf professionally installed three years ago, the homeowner says her lawn has never looked better and that “we get compliments that it looks great and clean”.
The praise surrounding Gounder’s immaculate front yard didn’t last long. Shortly after, she received a notice of violation from the City of Toronto stating that “a minimum of 75 percent of the front yard must be soft landscaping” and to remove it immediately.
This demand has left the homeowner rightfully concerned.
“If we have to remove it and put grass back it will cost thousands of dollars. We are quite concerned and would like to keep it. We should be focusing on lawns that are not kept up not on turf that looks like grass,” Gounder tells CTV News.
Sangeeta is prepared to fight for her pristine lawn. She will be taking her case before the city’s committee of adjustment in hopes of keeping the artificial grass.