Does your homeowners association (HOA) have defined landscape guidelines to set expectations for the contractors you hire to care for your grounds? When is the last time you reviewed those rules—if you have any in place at all?
In many cases, HOAs tend to go all or nothing with landscaping guidelines. Their rules are either detailed with an extensive scope of work, or there are no written maintenance recommendations at all.
There is a middle ground. We suggest a concise yet specific set of landscaping guidelines that addresses all critical maintenance points and aligns with your HOA’s goals for the property.
Believe it or not, there is such thing as too much detail. For example, guidelines that specify mowing twice weekly and 15 rounds of fertilization annually—well, that’s too much cutting and way too much chemical application. On the other hand, some guidelines can miss the boat by neglecting to specify maintenance needs like pruning or managing debris. (See what we mean? It’s all or nothing with the rules.)
So, how do you strike a balance of providing direct, detailed instructions to a landscape contractor without complicating the bidding process and driving up cost? (Trust us, you don’t want to pay for twice weekly mowing and umpteen fertilizer applications.)
Here is your roadmap for creating HOA landscape guidelines that will cover all the key maintenance bases, while staying focused on budget, quality and results. Be sure to cover these 5 landscaping tasks in your landscaping rules to set a high standard for property maintenance on your HOA grounds.