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Save on Landscaping

10 Ways Your HOA Can Save on Landscaping

It’s summertime! In many areas of the country, that means it’s time for seasonal gardens. Here, we offer tips from HOA members and landscaping experts on saving money on seasonal gardens, along with money-saving tips for year-round landscaping.

1. Do a request for proposal from landscapers. “Our greatest savings came from creating a four–page request for proposal for lawn care and snow removal,” says Patrick Hohman, a 23–year HOA president at the 40–unit Seneca Park Condominium Association in Louisville, Ky. “It helps, too, for the owners and residents to know there’s a tight plan since grounds maintenance is such a high–visibility issue. For example, we may get a few calls about the shrubs needing to be trimmed. But in the plan, shrubs are trimmed every April and September, so it’s ‘under control.’ Knowing of the written schedule helps keep owners happy.”

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Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

Are you being “Smart” in your landscaping?

If you have common area landscaping, your association budget usually has watering and landscape maintenance as two of the higher-budget items. Water is often seen as a “fixed” expense that cannot be controlled, yet it is one of the areas that you can significantly reduce based on your sprinkler systems and type of landscape plantings.

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FL: Woman Fights HOA Over Eco-Friendly Plants

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

A Tavares woman spent thousands on new landscaping featuring all environmentally-friendly plants that don’t require any water, but her homeowners’ association doesn’t like it. So, WFTV researched what kind of rights homeowners have to fight their HOA.
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Free-Range Landscaping

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

Recently, the patch of weeds behind Steve Holdaway’s Chapel Hill, N.C., home grew so unkempt that he hired outside help. For six hours, the crew’s members tackled tall grass and thorny blackberry plants and toiled without a break-other than to chew their cud, that is.
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