Your Options for Pruning Shrubs Starting June29

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION, BELOW, REGARDING YOUR OPTIONS FOR PRUNING SHRUBS NEAR YOUR HOME THIS SEASON:

— Pruning starts on June 29 and will take three (3) weeks to complete.

— If you have OPTED OUT of pruning, your shrubs will NOT be pruned. Can’t  remember? Want to change your option? Email Brad at CMI at bradf@communitymgt.com.

— If you are on the “OPT IN” list, your shrubs will be pruned to the window-sill level (better for security) which is now the AVOA standard.

— If you do NOT want window-sill level pruning, you must mark your shrubs with a brightly colored ribbon or tape (such as red, orange or pink) so the crew knows to prune your shrubs less severely.

Other news about landscaping:

— Arborvitae trees will be trimmed in the following fashion: standard and typical will be pruned down to the height of 8 feet when within 4 feet of the house and to 10 feet for all others except backyard Arborvitae trees – such as those along Grahams Ferry – as they are the responsibility of the homeowners.

— Pruning of Pre-Villebois trees started this spring and will be ongoing throughout the summer.

— Shrubbery at the base of any driveway that blocks visibility of the sidewalks and possible pedestrian traffic will be pruned for safety reasons.

— Application of bark dust will begin on July 27 and take approximately a week to complete. Please do not park along streets during this time; it makes it difficult for the application trucks and for crews with their hoses to reach our beds.

WATER CONSERVATION VERSUS LUSH GREEN LAWNS

Earlier in June, the irrigation was turned up to four (4) days a week. We plan to keep to this schedule as we continue to monitor our water usage against our need to keep plants and lawns watered. We also asked the landscape company to increase the height of the mowers to protect the root structure of the grass during this hot season.

Our landscape company’s irrigation technician will check for brown grass and will make appropriate fixes and adjustments as necessary. However, there is only so much that can be done given the prognosis of a hot summer. Homeowners who wish to maintain greener grass are asked to irrigate their lawns using their own hose and water sources.

As our water bills are the biggest expenditure, it is only fitting that the Board maintains a close vigilance and seeks ways to hold water bills down to keep our dues from increasing.

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