Landscaping

Overview

In 2008, in partnership with a landscape architect, the Home Owners Association developed a master landscape plan. The plan provides recommendations for landscape improvements, new installations, and the development of future planning that will aid the community to become more complete, bringing unity and a higher level of curb appeal to the neighborhood. It also provides a framework and direction for improvements to our communities landscaping.

Over time, we are implementing its recommendations. We have begun by adding paved terraces to the mail box areas, planting both shade and ornamental trees in the common areas along Merry Oaks Lane and in other areas, and improving the tree screening next to the basketball court. More work is planned to add paths, improve the entry signs, and improve streetscapes as trees need to be replaced.

Do your part to make the neighborhood attractive by adding trees and shrubs from the plan to your property, and maintaining your existing trees.

Full Plan Details

Landscape Master Plan (PDF)

Landscape map (PDF)

Tree Fact Sheet

How you can get started

  1. Check the details of the plan including the Tree Fact sheet
  2. Identify trees recommended for your property
  3. Possibly consult a nursery or landscaper. Recommended are:
    Merrifield Garden Center, Rob Warhurst (703-906-7367)
    Nancy Burns, landscape architect (703-329-1899 or N.Burns@cox.net)
  4. Complete the EXPRESS Tree Landscape Architectural Modification Form
  5. Prior to planting, mark the planting site
  6. You or your contractor must call Miss Utility (1-800-552-7001) to have your planting site surveyed.
  7. Adjust the planting site if needed to avoid buried lines before planting anything
  8. After planting, water the tree regularly or use a gator bag until it is established

Planting Area Borders

Borders around front yard planting areas, when used to ensure that mulch will not wash-out of the planting area, are allowed only of one type: Plaza Old Town Blend in either the square or rectangular shape in the color gray, available at Home Depot.

Trees and Shrubbery

Be sure the check out the Tree Fact Sheet for full details on approved trees and shrubs, as well as how to best maintain existing trees.

Who is responsible for replacing shrubs and trees?

Shrubs – You are responsible for maintaining the small shrubs and bushes in the front and side of your home. Throughout the spring and summer, Sequoia, our property management company will periodically do a walk through to evaluate the condition of our plants and trees. If there are any dead shrubs or trees, Sequoia will contact our landscaper to replace them. The cost to replace the shrubs will be added to your monthly dues.

Large plants and trees- The Association is responsible for replacing large trees that materially impact the neighborhood’s appearance. The Board will try to replace the same size and type, if possible. If the Board determines that you are at fault for the death of the tree, the Association will replace the tree, and you will be responsible for the cost of replacement, which will be added to your monthly dues.

Are vines and climbing plants allowed on the stairs or decks?

No. Vines and other climbing plants are not permitted. They could potentially encroach upon neighboring homes or detract from or block the exterior of the home.

Are planted flowers allowed?

Yes. You may plant flowers in the ground. Potted plants are permitted only on the door step of your home. Potted plants are not allowed on your driveway and/or sidewalk leading to the steps. Please do not store your pots, potted plants or other gardening materials in your front yard. These items should be stored in your garage.

Are flower beds allowed?

Yes. Flowerbeds are allowed in the front of your home. You must submit an Architectural Modification Form. You are responsible for maintaining your flower beds. The landscaping contractor will not maintain your flower beds.

Are borders allowed?

Borders around front yard planting areas, when used to ensure that mulch will not wash-out of the planting area, are allowed only of one type: Plaza Old Town Blend in either the square or rectangular shape in the color gray, available at Home Depot.

Who is responsible for mulching our community?

Our landscaper is responsible for mulching our community. They will mulch the front and sides of your home. You should not mulch your yards that are not the same color or material that our landscaper uses.

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