Thank you to the 63 families who've contributed a total of $4,005 to our Beautification Fund, above and beyond their annual HOA dues! These funds are earmarked specifically for Beautification projects in our neighborhood.
We recently renovated the median from Brodick Way to Twelve Oaks. This median had declined badly as a result of extreme weather as well as irrigation troubles and an inability to afford a proper layer of mulch where required. We are working to solve these problems going forward and this was a big step in the right direction.
We put in very substantial rock areas for aesthetics but also as problem solving measures. This should prevent the zoysia turf from invading the beds as it did previously. We also trimmed perennials, tore out dead plants and put in new plants where we had lost some to freeze and/or drought. Now the challenge is to stay vigilant with weed control and mulch. We intend to do so and your dues and extra contributions are the key to maintaining our parkway at the level we want it to be--a beautiful asset for our neighborhood. Thank you!!!
Our next priorities are:
- The first median requires trimming and needs some rocks and mulch to prevent weeds.
- Other medians need trimming and mulch. This work is not included in our regular maintenance contract.
- Purchase 2 frost bags for the pots on the bridge so that we can easily and adequately cover the pots when freezing weather is expected.
The following items are important to keeping our neighborhood beautiful, and should be budgeted annually from membership income. Unfortunately, due to inflation and an HOA participation rate of only 64% we did not feel confident budgeting these items. They will be added if enough homeowners, who weren't members last year, join this year. Encourage your neighbors to join the HOA and keep it beautiful!
- Fall annuals at the Heast Castle entrance and annuals at Hogan Manor entrance.
- Perennial trim every year over the winter to cut off all the dead parts before the new spring growth begins.
- Adequate application of mulch every year to control weeds along entire Hearst Castle median.