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Preparing your HOA Landscaping and Amenities for Spring

by Sandra Vela Mora on Mar 15, 2018 8:04:00 AM

Spring is on the way and it is time to make sure that your HOA common areas are ready for the season. Soon, flowers will be budding, the leaves will be returning, and significantly more people will be enjoying your outdoor amenities. In this post, we'll go over some of the things you'll need to do to ensure that your HOA landscaping springs to life just as well as mother nature does.

Trim trees and cut back bushes

During the winter, your trees and bushes might have grown a little unsightly. But it isn't enough to trim the plants so that they look visually appealing. You'll want to check for any dead limbs or saplings that may be using the warmer weather as an opportunity to sprout up.

If any limbs are overhanging in a way that blocks easy passage underneath of them, trim them to a more convenient length.

Clean up playscapes

Playgrounds that have been neglected over the winter will also be in need of a spring cleaning. You'll want to make sure that any dirt, stains, or grime that have accumulated on the equipment has been thoroughly cleaned. The landscape around the area should be cleared of any debris and potentially leveled out if the area contains any sand or gravel.

This is also the perfect time to ensure that all of the equipment is safe to operate. Since children will be playing there, safety should be considered paramount. Inspect all of the equipment to make sure that there is no visible rust. Make sure that all of the nuts and bolts are tight. Look for signs of dry rot on plastic parts.

Finally, make sure that any areas that need lubrication are well lubricated and ready for the vigorous use that your homeowner's children will put them through.

Prepare the pool

As warmer weather approaches, no doubt your residents will want to dive into the pool to cool off. Before uncovering the pool and opening it to the public though, there are a few steps that need to be taken.

First, you'll want to clean or replace the filters and remove any debris that has gathered itself in the baskets. Remove any plugs you may have put in place before restarting the filtration system. If the water level needs to be topped off, then now is the time to do that.

With the water level back to operating level, check the chemical levels and add products as needed to bring them within recommended levels. After doing this, clean the filter and check the levels every day until the water is clear. 

Once the water is clear, you can open the pool to the public and keep up with the usual maintenance routine.

Service HVAC systems

The pool is not the only place that your residents will be looking to cool off. If you have an amenity center or clubhouse, be sure that you have turned on the air conditioning and ensure that is functioning correctly.

You'll also need to check any air filters in the building and make sure that they are clean. HVAC filters need to be replaced regularly. Follow the instructions for your filter type to determine if it needs to be replaced.

Adjust sprinkler system timers

The return of spring marks the return of lawn growth. In order to look its best, your lawn will need a steady supply of water. Now is the time to set the timers for your sprinklers. It is recommended to water your lawn 2 times per week for 10 minutes in early spring. Slowly increase that to 18 minutes in the summer.

Plant Flowers

As the final icing on the cake, it's time to bring back the flower beds that surround your property. Nothing says that dreariness of winter is gone and the excitement of spring has arrived more than a collection of beautiful flowers. These should certainly be a part of your HOA landscaping.

Homeowners Association (HOA) management is the complex set of responsibilities and tasks associated with running a successful community association. Community management companies such as RealManage have a wealth of experience and talent covering the full range of challenges that associations face including preparing your association for spring. Contact RealManage today!


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