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'Snow' service gives lawns that holiday look

LAND O’LAKES - Celebrating the holidays in Tampa usually means warm and sunny weather that results in a lot of green beyond the Christmas tree. This year, however, snow could be in the forecast. Well, in a Florida way. From now until the week of Christmas, VIP Pest Control is offering "snow" service - all without a blizzard or need of a shovel. It's done with paint. "It [snow] makes it look like Christmas, makes jingle bells a little bit brighter," said Vicki Hutto, owner of the pest control company. She came up with the idea of "snow" service while watching a football game with friends from New York who said they missed having the white stuff at Christmastime.
"I thought ... if they can paint the football fields white why can't we do that for grass and make it look like snow," she said. The eco-friendly, water soluble lawn paint lasts about six weeks. The service starts at $150 dollars to apply. Customers can have their snow sparkle or have organic mosquito repellent added to the application for an additional fee. Hutto, originally from Georgia, has never seen snow. The paint service is the next best thing, she said. Once the paint is applied customers should wait about 48 hours before watering lawns or walking on the grass. After that, enjoy it, she said. "It's a new phenomenon and nobody's doing it in the Tampa Bay area," Hutto said, referring to the snow service offered by her company located in Seminole Heights. "We can brag to all the people up north that we have snow also." Homeowner Becky Wanamaker has three children excited about the holidays. Having "snow" on the ground is a great idea, she said. "I've lived in Florida my whole life and have never seen snow," Wanamaker said. "We don't have it ... so now we can have the feeling and the effect of snow without all the work." For more information, contact VIP Pest Control at (813) 234-8888 or visit www.vippestcontrolllc.com

Reporter Sarah Hoye can be reached at (813) 259-7832.

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