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Common Ground 2022
TSI will be our landscaping company and will be providing weekly service on Thursday.
TruGreen has been hired to handle our fertilizing applications. They will be doing three (3) applications and will be overseeing the health and welfare of our turf. They will be applying the first application in early spring.
Landscaping Facts & Information
- Thursday is our Mowing Day.
- Fertilization, turf pre-emerge and bed pre-emerge & fertilizer will be applied throughout the summer as scheduled by TruGreen.
- No mulch this year. Residents are welcome to put down their own mulch in their beds. We recommend a rich, dark brown or black mulch. The City of Geneva provides free mulch in front of the Public Works building on South Street if you are willing to pick it up.
- We are putting up gutter extensions where needed.
- We have been installing Gutter Guards over gutters in areas where large trees continually clog them.
- Gutter cleaning is ongoing. We hired RWB Construction Inc. to clean all gutters in November / December 2021 after all the leaves had fallen. At that time we also had a roof inspection done of the entire property.
- Rain and leaves create blockages in the gutters. It is a never-ending job for our maintenance crew.
- We have a 50/50 Tree Replacement Program available--if a resident decides to split the cost of the new tree, the Association will put it in right away. Normally we plant trees based on "first down, first planted." The cost of a tree is around $250.00-300.00 to the unit owner and this includes the labor to plant it.
- Please remember to water your new trees at least 3 times a week, putting the hose directly on the trunk and letting the water flow slowly for about 15-20 minutes. You want to get the roots fed while not getting the whole area all wet so the tree won't shift or tilt.
- Sod....please water new sod or grass seed as well. What kills new trees, sod and grass seed the most? NOT ENOUGH WATER. Watering is crucial for new trees, shrubs and grass. Unfortunately we do not have the manpower to water your trees, bushes and grass ourselves so we count on our residents to kindly take on this task. People worry about wasting water or rates going up but a shower will use far more water than using a sprinkler on your lawn or giving a tree a nice, long drink. Pennies a gallon is all it costs. $.06 to be exact....that is half a penny per gallon. Call the City of Geneva and see for yourself.
- Skyline Tree Service has taken down and pruned a hundred or so trees. They did a remarkable job. Chesapeake has so many trees and many needed to be pruned. This thinning out of the trees should also help allow sunlight to get to the grass.
- CCHA is in high gear now that spring is here!
- Lawns are mowed on a weekly basis unless it is not warranted due to dry weather. Please keep lawns clear (including removal of dog waste!) in order to help out our lawn crew.
- All garden/outdoor lights must be moved in 12" from the lawn edge so mowers don't hit them. The landscapers nor the Association are responsible for solar lights broken by mowers.
- Front doors, garage doors, kick plates and wood trim will all be painted as needed.
- Wood will be replaced with "maintenance free" vinyl on those units showing any damage.
All 12 courts were resurfaced/asphalted in recent years. Moving forward we will maintain the driveways with regular seal coating and crack repair as needed. Maintenance is key for keeping up the life of these asphalt courts.
- Reminder: Garbage cans & recycling bins should be placed on the asphalt, not on the grass.
- Ongoing scraping and painting of the railings is done each year. We have repaired, replaced or painted many of our units' railings in recent years. Thanks to all our wonderful residents for your patience with this long-term project.
Please contact the office with any questions or concerns regarding lawn care and maintenance projects. We do aim to please. THANK YOU!
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