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Know the Community Rules

Know the Community Rules

It is Spring once again, and as the temperature grows, so does the landscaping. While working on Spring cleaning indoors, we need to be mindful of the Spring clearing that will be needed over the course of the fast growth season. Regular landscaping maintenance is essential to keep your outdoor space healthy, beautiful, inviting, and compliant with the governing documents. 

Tree Trimming and Pruning

In the spring, it’s important to prune and trim any trees that need it. Tree pruning and trimming are often used interchangeably, but they are actually two different processes with different purposes. Pruning helps to remove dead, diseased, or damaged branches, while trimming helps to control the size and shape of your trees. This will help to promote healthy growth and prevent damage from wind and storms. 

Any trees overhanging streets, sidewalks, or other pedestrian passages should be trimmed to a minimum height of 8 feet to provide ample clearance for vehicles and pedestrians. Trees should also be trimmed or pruned to provide clearance, both in height and distance, from buildings, structures, and walls. Pruning and trimming trees can be dangerous and should only be performed by a professional tree care service. 

There are many landscapers that offer these services, and while anyone can prune or trim a tree, it does not mean that they will do it correctly. When looking for a tree care service make sure that they have an arborist on staff to ensure that any pruning or trimming is beneficial rather than detrimental. Over pruning and trimming can weaken the tree and lead to disease, insect infestations, and even death.


As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”, but spring showers also bring weeds. One of the most important aspects of landscaping maintenance is removing weeds. Weeds are naturally hardy and opportunistic plants that can grow just about anywhere, and they’re especially prevalent in landscaped areas due to the ideal growing conditions provided by the soil, water, and sunlight. Weeds not only detract from the overall aesthetic of your property, but they can also compete with your desirable plants for moisture, nutrients, and sunlight, which can lead to malnourishment and even the death of your plants.

Replacing Dead Plants and Installing New Plants

Spring is the perfect time to plant new shrubs and trees and to remove and replace any landscaping that didn’t make it through the winter. As the soil warms up, new plants will have the opportunity to establish their roots and grow strong. By replacing dead plants with new ones in the spring, you will be giving your yard a fresh start and encouraging new growth in your yard. This will help to ensure that your landscape remains healthy, vibrant, and beautiful for years to come. Please be reminded that all removals and installations are subject to prior approval from the Design Review Committee and all plantings must be selected from the approved plants list.n and by maintaining high aesthetic appeal.


Ask CAO Jeffrey Blair

Officer Jeffrey Blair

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