Tampa Area Homeowner Wins Yard Makeover, Opportunity to Boost Home Value

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The Save that Yard contest winner has been announced. Donald Chatman, a homeowner in the Tampa area, has won a complete yard makeover from Cornerstone Solutions, a local landscaper.

One of the most important ways you can maintain the value of your home is by keeping your lawn looking nice.

Tampa area homeowner Donald Chatman has won a complete yard makeover from RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment®) in conjunction with its Save that Yard contest. Mr. Chatman nominated his “desperate” landscape by uploading pictures to the RISE Debug the Myths website.

Save That Yard is a part of the RISE Debug the Myths campaign aimed at educating consumers about the health benefits of pesticides and fertilizers. Local landscaper, Peter Klinkenberg, Director of Landscape at Cornerstone Solutions Group will plan and conduct the makeover, creating an attractive and healthy lawn for Mr. Chatman.

“Florida homeowners have a particularly difficult time with lawn pests and maintenance. For example, popular St. Augustine grass is a favorite feast for chinch bugs, which will literally eat through your lawn if not properly controlled,” Klinkenberg said.

Mr. Chatman, a former U.S. Marine and resident of the Tampa area for six years, says he has done everything he can think of to save his lawn from pests and weeds but has been unsuccessful.

University research has shown a nice-looking yard can add value to a home, which is the most significant investment most Americans make in their lifetime. Research conducted by Virginia Tech University concluded that a landscape upgrade from average to excellent increases a home value by 10 percent to 12 percent, while Money Magazine noted that “attractively landscaping your yard can be one of the most cost-effective ways to boost your home’s curb appeal.”

Local Realtor, Gray Mattern, Keller Williams Realty, says his personal experience agrees with the research.

“As a homeowner, one of the most important ways you can maintain the value of your home is by keeping your lawn looking nice. And when you decide to sell, keep in mind that potential buyers sometimes won’t even go in the front door and look at the inside of a house if they pull up and see a lawn that is in poor condition,” Mattern said.

RISE is a national not-for-profit trade association representing producers and suppliers of various types of pesticides and fertilizers used in residential areas. To learn more, visit us at http://www.debugthemyths.com


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