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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Weedy, weedy, weedy....

Hallmark Woods' poor neglected entrance area is growing a lush crop of crabgrass and other native – but not necessarily welcome – flora. Of course, the various bushes and other plantings lovingly installed years ago also are growing luxuriantly – but haphazardly, without the slightest hint of pruning. 


Obviously, our entrance - our "front door" - needs some attention. But what?  Should we simply maintain it as is (but without the weeds!)?  Add some plantings – bushes, flowers, trees – but keep the beds as they are? Or go "whole hog" and start over from scratch (far and away the most expensive, and most problematical option)?

The Hallmark Woods Entrance Area Landscaping Committee (see previous entry) has prepared a survey and distributed it to every house in the community asking your opinions, thoughts, and suggestions on this. The survey form also asks for your estimate of what you might be willing to pay for the options you suggest,and for maintenance of the area in subsequent years. 

Please return your survey forms as soon as possible*  to any member of the committee listed in the accompanying cover letter. Just tuck it into the member's newspaper tube, or knock on the door and hand it to us: we'd be glad to meet you and discuss the matter with you. 

and Thank You Very Much !!

John L.

*  Despite the recent fuss over our activities, we'd still welcome your filled-out survey forms as above.  Or you could email your comments on the landscaping to our HWPOA president.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone in Hallmark Woods,

We have all been given a questionnaire regarding our input about the front entrance landscaping. In addition to completing the questionnaire I wanted to comment here, and I hope everyone concerned will weigh in on this important issue so we can reach an end point as soon as possible. Remember, no whining allowed after the fact!

I think an upgrade to our front entrance is long overdue. I do not favor semi-circular brick walls with stark or standard plantings. We live in the most heavily wooded community in the area and I believe our front entrance should reflect this fact.
Several years ago the community on Wood Bridge Road (off Bell Branch) designed a very tasteful and, for lack of a better word right now, rustic appearing front entrance. The plantings were simply small evergreens (I thought they were Canadian spruce but I could be wrong), and liriope which neatly adorned one corner containing a large bolder, and the other a short wall made of cobblestone, which meandered and attenuated at each end. Many years later the evergreens have grown, but the variety is such that they are not overpowering and the appearance of the front entrance has been maintained. I have the same evergreen in my back yard so I should know it...since it's in the shade, it has remained more like a dwarf evergreen in appearance rather than a real tree. I took the time to photograph the area off Bell Branch Road and my little evergreen this week, but I don't know how to attach the photos, so I will attach copies to my questionnaire and send copies to the board.

Regarding the cost of the upgrade -when you think about what you pay as a homeowner to live in this community, in my opinion, it is a shame anyone would take issue with a one time fee of $125 (if that's what it takes to do the project professionally) in order to help maintain the quality of this community for existing homeowners, and the perception of this quality by potential home buyers.

Amy Holstein