The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 355
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 355

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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28 THE PALM BEACH POST RESIDENCES ADVERTISING SECTION ; '.'V- vr SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 It pays to read the label when buying grass seed issgagEi mmm North American Precis Syndicate If you're planting grass this year, buying the right kind of seed is important. What you're really buying is a lawn. How the lawn turns out depends a great deal on the grass seed you buy. How do you know which grass seed to select? First, there's no such thing as bargain grass seed. Buying cheap grass seed to save a few dollars can ruin your lawn. Buy grass seed that conies from a company known for quality. You may have to pay a little extra, but it could well be the best money you've ever spent on your lawn. Second, look for a seed mixture that fits your yard conditions sunny, shady or a combination and how the lawn area will be used. Will the yard be a pristine picture of beauty or your children's play area? Read the package to find the mix that fits your needs. Finally, be sure to read not just the front of the package, but the analysis label that every grass seed package is required by law to carry. The label might look confusing at first, but all you need to know are a few simple A separate listing of "crop" seeds will be on the analysis panel. Stay away from these. Look for as close to zero percent as possible. Look for names like abbey, accolade, banner and Coventry. A separate listing of "crop" seeds will be on the analysis panel. Stay away from these. Look for as close to zero percent as possible. Weed seeds are listed. Since you obviously don't want to plant weeds, this number should be as low as you can find. Weed seeds are tiny and a small percentage by weight could sow a lot of weeds. Noxious weeds are listed separately by seed count These are weeds that defy removal by conventional weed controls, and you obviously don't want to plant these problems. A few noxious weed seeds can create a big problem in any lawn, so insist on no noxious weeds. Inert matter is listed by percentage of the total weight This includes chaff, stems and, in some cases, inert filler material that some companies add to give the package greater bulk. It is all material that will not grow, so look for as small a number as possible. If you have questions about selecting or planting grass seed, call The Scotts Co. at (800) 543-TURF. n i "" I n ,- guidelines. The label will show, by weight, the amount of each grass type in the mixture. Some seed mixtures contain improved varieties, including specifically named pro prietary varieties that are top performers. Height of chimney is important Whether you're looking in Palm Beach Gardens, lupiter, Tequesta or Stuart, no other community offers the value, selection, lifestyle and natural beauty you'll find in Summerfield. CHIMNEYfrom 24 . Not all chimneys are created equal. There are acceptable standards for chimneys, although some vary based on location and ordinances. How high should your chimney be? At least 2 feet above any portion of the St. Augustine 3-2 146 Coif $139,900 Immediate St. Augustine 3-2 147 Coif $138,560 Immediate St. Augustine 3-2 187 Preserve $129,900 May Si Augustine 3-2 188 Preserve $129,900 May St. Augustine 3-2 191 Preserve $129,900 May St Augustine 3-2 192 Preserve $129,900 May building within 10 feet of the chimney, and at least 3 feet above the point where it passes through the roof. What size flue should your chimney have? Your chimney should not be smaller than the collar from the heating appliance. present However, if a fireplace is new or if the mantle has been recently painted, then stains may not be evident 2. Check the size of the flue and firebox opening. The chimney flue should be one-tenth (if square or rectangle) to one-twelfth (if round) the size of the firebox opening or larger (for example, an 8-inch-by-12-inch chimney flue, or 96 square inches, should have a firebox opening of 960 square inches, about 30 inches by 32 inches). The chimney should be 2 feet above the roof or any roof structure within 10 feet and a minimum of 3 feet above the roof. Other criteria, such as the throat and smoke shelf, should be considered. However, if the flue to the firebox ratio is correct and the chimney height is acceptable, the chimney will probably draw. Most chimneys meet the basic requirements. If yours is not one of them, you probably have figured out by now that something is wrong. Consult a local home inspector or a chimney specialist from a recognized chimney association. How far should the chimney be from combustible material? The chimney should be 2 inches if it is built partially or entirely within the structure, and 1 inch if it's built outside the structure. Plus Summerfield offers spectacular golf villas on the golf course, with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2ar garage, whirlpool tubs, extensive tile and appointments, $136,900, with occupancy in February. But whether you choose a twin patio home, single-family home or estate home, you can count on the Engle Advantage for exceptional quality, design and value. SummerfiekC EUQLE The height requirements for metal chimneys are the same as for masonry chimneys: at least 2 feet above any portion of the building within 10 feet of the chimney, and at least 3 feet above the point where it passes through the roof. How do you know your fireplace will draw without lighting a fire - Generally, your fireplace will draw . . M IHH ww t nglehomes com subwdurt of ltftt Hrn Int i (wr,k tetany Kled m the NSCMO x wrhgf without lighting a fire by checking a few things: 1. Check for smoke stains on the front u Call: (561) 287-9100. for more information. Lacked 1 .000 feet south of Cove Road on the we side ci US-1 South Stuart of the fireplace or mantle. These stains indicate that something has gone wrong in the past What that is will be determined EeW Rawlmgs is president and founder of Federal Burtdrg Inspector Inc. n Boca Raton. He past presoent of the Florida Asscoaton of Bort(n Inspectors and past national (Vector of the 72C1 Soctl' Mon Pectors. for more nforrnahon, cat (800) 226 6299 later, but there is a problem if stains are

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