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  • Writer's pictureSteven Penn

Common HOA Landscaping Guidelines- Trees

Protecting property value is the goal of every HOA, and one way of doing so is through landscaping. Landscaping has a huge impact in the appearance and overall curb appeal of a community. Well maintained and lush greenery can add huge appeal for the neighborhood. It is important to understand that each community is different when it comes to their landscaping, particularly their tree policies.

Common HOA Tree Guidelines

Every community is unique, but many homeowners’ associations limit tree types and sizes for these common reasons: size, hazards, and maintenance.

· Size – Trees can grow to be massive when fully grown and can disrupt the view and visibility in the community. Most associations require small-grown trees for the front yard areas to prevent this from happening.

· Hazards – Some tree types are more likely to snap or blow over due to high winds or other factors.

· Maintenance – some trees require extra upkeep that can be of concern to the overall appearance of the neighborhood if not maintained properly.

Do I need HOA Approval to Plant a Tree?

The answer is YES! Always best to ask your management if you’re unsure on what is approved before starting any work or making any changes. Some HOAs are very specific when it comes to the types of trees you can plant and have in your yard or in the community. They might also require you to plant a tree for your yard even if you don’t want to. Ask management for a list of allowed trees and plants for your association or submit a request of the tree you have in mind to see if it is approved.

Tree Maintenance Concerns

Once you have got your tree selected and planted, you will nevertheless be responsible for the health and growth of the tree, mainly if the tree lies in the vicinity of your home and it’s not being cared for via your HOA. Make sure to always maintain your landscaping well-kept and your trees well-nourished as this has a direct impact not only on your property, but the rest of the neighborhood. As a homeowner you want to avoid getting a violation but instead adding value to your community. Here are some of the common HOA landscaping violations:

· Poorly maintained lawns

· Not pruning trees

· Failing to remove or replace dead trees or plants

If you receive a violation, make sure to make corrections as soon as possible or contact your management with any questions or concerns. Take the opportunity to learn more about the type of landscaping and trees that are allowed in your community and the requirements. Once you know what is allowed and it has been approved, have fun with your landscaping as it allows your home to look beautiful and add character. For questions or to learn more about HOA guidelines contact Alliance Association Management.

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