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CGHOA – LAWN CARE, PART I

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If you haven’t seen it already, you will – a general call to improve the lawns in the neighborhood. One of the things that the board is trying to do is make sure the aesthetics of the neighborhood are enhanced by nice looking lawns among other things. So some requests will be going out for a “Lawn Remediation Plan.”

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What this means is, we realize that the soil conditions in the neighborhood combined with the less than stellar landscaping job the builder provided when the homes were built has created a VERY difficult lawn project for many people. Unfortunately, regardless of the reason, we still have to do something to get the grass greener on both sides of the fences…

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This page is meant to provide some information on what the board is looking for. Before we get started, I want to point you to the Lowe’s website where there is a lot of information on lawn care – Basic Lawn Care and Maintenance Tips. It’s a GREAT site, and as you know, Lowe’s is right up the road.

Lets start with an example of what could be submitted for a Lawn Remediation Plan:

  1. Keep grass and weeds cut during the summer.
  2. August 1, treat lawn with standard weed killer –
    Weed & feed if there is grass present,
    Roundup/Spectricide if the lawn is 80%+ weeds.
  3. Starting in September, aerate lawn, spread 10-10-10 fertilizer pellets and lime pellets and seed with Kentucky31 or Rebel grass seed (or whatever seed you want, except Rye).
  4. Mid October, overseed where grass isn’t catching well
  5. Mid November/Early December fertilize with 24-4-12

That’s it – we’re not looking for a professionally created document here, just a plan to make the grass prettier in the Spring. And if you have the money for a sprinkler system, that’s awesome – but again, we realize that in most cases we have other priorities for our budgets than keeping our yard wet. So don’t worry about the perfect green year round look – unless you really want to. Then we’ll post a picture of your yard as the “perfect yard of the month” or something fancy like that.

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In general, we’ll be more aware of the “well kept” factor of the lawns until next year. That means, PLEASE MOW YOUR LAWN – every other week at a minimum. Keep your front yard as nice as possible – no trash bins, car parts, equipment, etc… that stuff belongs in the garage or somewhere out of site. And when you mow, please blow the clippings back into your yard when you mow by the street – not into the road. If your drive isn’t paved, spray roundup in the gravel regularly – keep the weeds out of the drive and edge the driveway a few times during the mowing season.

Next up – Weeds and Stuff…

About Trees

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Trees … they provide shade, a place for birds an squirrels to play, they can be beautiful in the spring and fall and they make air. That’s cool. In our neighborhood, they were placed along every road to provide a consistent curb presentation and help provide privacy for the houses.

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Ah, if only things worked out like that forever…

Unfortunately, the trees that the builder selected for this purpose in the first few sections of our neighborhood aren’t the most hardy of species. While the Bradford Pear grows fast, it’s beautiful in the spring, it grows symmetrically and provides wonderful curb appeal, with the occasional gust of 30-plus-mile-per-hour winds, they tend to split into halves, quarters or thirds.

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Structurally, the main branches develop as an upwardly growing bundle of sprouts. Inside these bunched up trunk branches are internal seams and separations between branches as they grow in quick synchrony, rather than slowly interlocking like those of an oak or hickory.

Now enter the CGHOA Design Guidelines – “A minimum of 2 “Required Trees” at least 2″ in diameter shall be located in either the front or side yard on each lot at all times and these decorative trees must be replaced if damaged. “Required Trees” are to mimic the characteristics of the current trees in the community (Bradford Pears) and must be a dwarf flowering tree that grows to a height of 25’to 40’ at maturity.

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Here’s the conundrum – If the wind is going to blow the trees over, or break them apart and make them look like crap, why do we have to replace them? Answer – it just goes back to aesthetics and curb appeal for the neighborhood, which tie back to property values. So what can be done?

First, understand that not all Bradford Pears will break when the wind blows. (Only most of them.) Ha ha – well, yes they will after about 15 years or so. It isn’t a matter of IF, it’s a matter of WHEN. There are a few things you could do though, to minimize the damage and forestall the breakage.

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If your Bradford Pear looks thin compared to the others – it’s going to break soon. One thing you can do if you don’t want to worry about where it falls when it does break is to cut the tops of the limbs out of it. Yikes! A little extreme sounding, yes, but it will allow you to control the change to your landscape rather than mother nature.

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If it’s already fallen or broken – like many did in June this year – cut it way back. (See above) No, don’t leave it half there – golly that’s ugly. If you cut it way back, it will regrow within a season or 2 and be a decent looking tree again in about 3 years. (See below – yes, 3 years) You could cut it all the way down and grind the stump and then plant a new tree – that’s perfectly OK. But know that you’re looking at about $500.00 – $1,000.00 or more to get that done. And the new tree will take a long time to get to a decent size – way longer than 2 or 3 years.

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If your tree is already gone, or you want it gone, replace it with a hardier tree. Any ornamental type tree is fine, Crepe Myrtles count as trees, Cherry, a different species of Pear, Crab apple, whatever. Just remember – the goal is a nice aesthetic for the street. Note that the builder has been planting maples in the new sections. That’s fine, but remember that certain species of Maples have HUGE surface root systems, and will really mess up your yard. I know this because there’s one in my back yard, and mowing in about a 10′ circle around it is via weed eater – not push mower.

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Whatever you end up doing, please review the Design Guidelines before planting a mirror ball or a porcelain fountain, or a big concrete eagle, or a dude holding a lantern, or a gnome, or a dinosaur or anything like that… (if you don’t have time to read that, I’ll summarize here … don’t do that… That would be really ugly… No one else would like that… yuk… etc …)

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UGH …

Yard Sale is coming!!!

You totally don’t wear that shirt anymore.

You never used the immersion blender or the weedeater, even though you swore you were going to.

You thought your kid would LOVE that video game, and you were wrong.

And don’t even get you started on that stack of books you no longer want.

Welcome to your garage sale pile.

See? You’ve already started creating it, and you didn’t even realize it.

September 17 is creeping up. Start pricing your stuff!

 

Need help pricing your stuff? Check out this link for ideas!

http://myfrugalhome.com/printables/yard-sale-price-guide.pdf?9713a8

New Survey from the Board

The Cedar Grove Board of Directors appreciates your replies to the Tot Lot/Playground Survey.  The results will help the Board review up and coming projects.

 

The Cedar Grove Board of Directors have implemented a second survey with the purpose of polling the community opinion related to Trailers and Commercial/Work Vehicles.  This survey is a Google Docs survey, which can be accessed through the following link:

 

http://goo.gl/forms/4wtAaDGuJY

You are not required to have a Google or Gmail account to complete this survey.  The Board of Directors appreciates your responses as they work towards improvements to your community in 2016.  The survey will be available for the next thirty (30) days.  Please respond no later than May 1, 2016.

 

 

Working Together,

 

The Cedar Grove Board of Directors

The ACS Management Team

Winterizing Your home.

Its that time of year again and with the snow about to arrive, ACS and your Board wanted to provide some resources for ways to winterize your homes.

Winterization of houses: Here are 2 articles that provide some good ideas on how to winterize your house.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/g52/winterize-home-tips-energy-461008/

https://www.nachi.org/winterization.htm

Also here is a flyer that has more useful information.

Winter Weather Tips