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John and Heather Babashanian
516 Las Gaviotas Boulevard
As you walk up to the home of John and Heather Babashanian in the Las Gaviotas neighborhood of Grassfield, you are greeted by a neat and attractive front yard. The front of the house is screened by a nice selection of greenery. The owners recently replaced their fescue lawn with lower maintenance St. Augustine grass, requiring significantly less water in the summer. When they do fertilize the lawn, it is with organic fertilizer. The backyard is their true retreat and provides a nicely balanced landscape. Towering oaks enclose the yard in addition to understory trees like dogwoods and maples. There is a nice selection of shrubs including various hydrangeas, a Virginia Sweetspire, ferns and various ground cover. The yard has lots of cover for wildlife and is frequented by rabbits, squirrels, turtles, and many birds, many of which enjoy the bird bath. The homeowners have also put in a pervious walkway to reduce runoff. A pleasant sitting area surrounded by trees and shrubs completes this beautiful oasis.