As the property manager of an HOA, there’s a lot to consider when planning the landscape design. With the help of a professional, you can ensure the right layout, that will make current residents happy and impress future residents. The following are four things to consider when planning a landscape for your HOA.
Choosing the right plants for the landscape is one of the most important parts of your design. You should consider which plants will be the most water-smart. If you don’t live on-site, this could help in ensuring they last throughout the summer, even if the watering system doesn’t work correctly at some point. You should also consider plants that are native to the Bay Area. Of course, there are a lot of options when it comes to flowers, shrubs, ground cover, and trees, but most plants grow best and last longest in native conditions.
Part of your landscape design can include elements that require less maintenance than plants. This could include rocks, pebbles, stone paths, wooden paths, mulch, and other elements that can be installed and forgotten for some time. It’s possible you’ll have to work on keeping things such as pebbles and wood chips in the designated area, however, you won’t have to worry about watering, trimming, and other similar maintenance in those areas.
To avoid having to plant too many new plants and flowers every year, include perennials in your landscape design. Many of these are bulb plants, like tulips, crocuses, and daffodils. Others are bare-root plants, such as hibiscuses, peonies, and daylilies. After a year or two, you can split the bulbs and roots to share the beauty with different areas of the property.
Something you may not have considered is how the arranged landscape feels. It might look great on paper, but will it be a headache to maintain? For example, if you create a look of symmetry with the same trees on either side of the common area, and one of the trees gets destroyed, you may have to replace both trees in order to keep up with the pleasing look of symmetry. One way to avoid that is by not worrying about symmetry so much, but still keeping the scheme pleasant.
Whether you’ve just taken on the position of property manager for an HOA, or simply want to do things differently from here on out, changing up the landscape design this summer is a great idea. Contact Medallion Landscape today by calling 408-706-2447 or send us an email to get started with a designer.