Landscaper tames overgrown yard for elderly woman facing citation

Lupe Cantu stands in her overgrown yard. Photo: KENS 5 TelevisionLupe Cantu stands in her overgrown yard.
Photo: KENS 5 Television

A landscaper in San Antonio, Texas, recently came to the aid of an elderly homeowner who was facing a city citation for the waist-high grass on her property. The property owner, Lupe Cantu, was still recovering from serious health troubles when she ran into mechanical troubles with her lawn-care equipment. Her efforts to have the equipment repaired were complicated by disagreements with the repair shop. Meanwhile, the grass kept growing.

When local landscaper Rufus Lopez, the owner of 911 Landscaping, learned of the 70-year-old woman’s troubles, he stepped in to get the yard looking good again.

“It’s hard for a residential homeowner to do this on their own, but we will get it back in shape for her,” Lopez told KENS 5 Television in San Antonio. Cantu’s health and a broken riding lawn mower has made it impossible for her to maintain her yard.

Lopez, who also owns Earth Depot Lawn Supply, is an alumni of St. Mary’s University, which is not far from Cantu’s property. The school contacted him about helping Cantu.

“It’s nice to be able to give back,” says Brian Buchmeyer from St. Mary’s University, in an interview with KENS 5, “but it’s going to be a lot better – and it’ll have a sweeter taste – when we can find something more long term for Mrs. Cantu.”

He said the university’s Summer Service Program will work with Cantu to determine a long-term plan for her yard.

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