Regular neighborhood landscaping, including sprucing up the trees and entrances to a community, is a good way to improve exteriors of buildings and build property values. Planning ahead for regular landscaping is the best way to manage a budget and anticipate landscape improvements. You may need to keep up a regular maintenance schedule for some enhancement projects and include these costs in your budget.
Often, part of an HOA fee includes landscape management for residential communities. To counteract drought effects in areas where HOA communities receive little rain, an HOA may require a grey-water capture-and-recycling system. While these are a substantial short-term outlay, over long periods of time, they may make sense for your community depending on your location.
Investing in plants that can live on rainfall alone and are known to thrive in your geographical area is wise for HOAs looking for budget-friendly landscape options. Some HOA communities rely on sprinkler systems to keep their landscapes and plants hydrated throughout the year. Seasonal flowers add a colorful touch to landscaping, but they may require replanting every year. HOAs should work with their landscapers to seek budget-friendly flower options to save money. For example, they could consider adding flowers like perennials that bloom each year on their own.
Don’t skimp on your landscaping maintenance plan, either. Potential home buyers visiting the community may assume that if the landscaping is not being taken care of, other parts of the residential development may be neglected, too.
6. Replace Unsightly Shrubs and Trees
Inspect all shrubs and trees for any signs of fungus, disease or old age. This will give you an idea of the plants you’ll need to replace. Certain types of shrubs have shorter lifespans and may need to be replaced more frequently. Others may have grown too large, and if you try and trim them back, will look sparse and unnatural. When pruning shrubs, remove no more of than one-third of the plant. Cutting more than that could reduce the viability of the plant and potentially kill it.
Consider using the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone to find shrubs and other kinds of plants that will thrive the best in the geographical location the landscape is in.
Depending on budget and geographical location, replacing some of your community’s plants with drought-tolerant varieties able to survive and thrive in both shade and sun may be a good option when landscaping around exteriors of buildings. Plants also bloom at various times; continuous blooming of flowers throughout the year in a neighborhood with an HOA may increase curb appeal to homebuyers considering living there.
Even in predominantly warm-weather climates like California, Texas and Arizona, trees may take a beating during the winter months due to things like:
- Frost or ice
- Heavy rain
- High winds
Residential communities with HOAs may have to replace trees and plants along main thoroughfares if they are affected by harsh weather. Professional landscapers can let you know how big trees will get within the next decade or so and discuss tree replacement with you if necessary in the event of harsh weather.