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Landscaping Tips Every Association Needs to Know for a Beautiful Community.

Grounds care is arguably the most talked about subject

in every community, and rightfully so. Grounds care can

have a significant impact on the value of a home in an


association. In fact, studies have shown that well-

maintained landscaping and outdoor spaces can


increase the value of a property by up to 20%.

A well-maintained landscape with healthy plants,

trimmed trees, and vibrant flowers can create a

welcoming atmosphere and make the community a

desirable place to live. So how do you hold your

professional grounds care service provider

accountable for creating the inviting and visually

appealing community that you hired them to do?

What’s the Plan: Being proactive with communication

is vital to the success of your grounds care. Prior to the

beginning of the season, you need to inspect the

grounds with your service provider. Review the plan for

the year and make modifications based on the needs

NOW, because changing a plan mid-season is reactive

which leads to slow improvements. Please share the

yearly plan on your association’s portal/website so all

owners can be kept in the loop about this important

element of your association.

Pre-emergent treatments: If you want to prevent

weed growth in your community's flower beds and turf,

make sure you include pre-emergent treatments. This

proactive treatment is essential for keeping your

community's flower beds looking their best. A question


we get often is should an association forgo pre-

emergent treatments in order to have spring seeding


done to bare spots. We say NO. A lawn without weeds


is much more desirable than one with a few bare spots.

Add these locations to your fall service list and consider

an overseeding in the fall if your turn needs a boost.

Perennials: Perennials are starting to grow now. Take

a good look at them and make the necessary changes

now. This will give you a full season with them looking

their best. Perennials are great for adding color at a low

cost.

New shrubs: Always remove dead shrubs and take an

inventory. The curb appeal is much greater without a

shrub than with a dead one. Monitor this regularly and

inventory so you can have a fall installation. This

batching of services will also help save money.

Trees: Schedule inspections now for May to identify

any potential issues with your community's trees. Early

detection can prevent costly damage and keep your

trees healthy and beautiful. This early timing is

important for getting on the arborists service list before

the rush of client calls bombard them. When meeting

with the, see if there is a way they can prune trees to

keep them away from buildings and walkways for a 2-3

year period. This helps save money since they only

need to do work every three years instead of annually.

Irrigation: As the planting season approaches (usually

in May), it's important to get your irrigation system

ready to ensure that your annuals are properly watered.

Your landscaping contractor can help you prepare your

irrigation system for the upcoming planting season.

When the system is operating properly, the visible

results are great and you save money by not wasting

water.

Following and communicating the annual plan will build

trust with the owners and will provide visible results.

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