Landscape Committee

The Landscape Committee’s main responsibility is to research, propose to the Board, and implement ways to continuously beautify the community by:   

  • Taking a leadership role regarding landscape issues on behalf of, and/or at the direction of, the Board of Directors including: annual mulching, planting (trees, flowering plants etc.) and maintenance programs, renovation projects, on-going landscape evaluation, landscape maintenance specifications.
  • Reviewing homeowner’s request made to the board as required, keeping homeowners advised of landscape issues in a timely and consistent manner.
  • Submitting annual landscape budget to the board.  This includes the common area mowing, spraying snow removal services and landscaping updates being proposed.
  • Holding meetings to address landscape issues and act on those issues in a timely fashion.
  • Physically review the property on a monthly basis to identify problems and recommend corrective action.
  • Physically review the property on a monthly basis at a minimum picking up trash and/or debris that has collected in the common areas and retention ponds (drains).
  • Supervising and project managing any contractor providing services to the community. 
  • Making recommendations and suggestions to the Board of Directors as required.

Five Year Common Renewal Plan

In 2012 the Landscaping Committee completed the Mew’s first long range landscaping plan.  The goal of the plan is to balance the landscaping needs for the community against the expected annual budget for such items.  The plan was approved by the HOA Board and is provided below:

As the community nears the 20-year mark, one investment can exert an extremely positive impact on property values: landscaping, turf care, and properly phased management of all green spaces. 

The biggest age-related deterioration in the Mews can be found on the four roadway islands. On all of these islands, the large Leyland Cyprus evergreen trees are nearing the end of their natural life span. Removal and replacement must be phased in over several years with more appropriate plantings installed.  The overgrowth of such large trees in small common area spaces (i.e., traffic islands) has depleted the soil and killed ground cover.  Renovation plantings must be planned now that are more appropriate to the size and function of these spaces.

This plan categorizes work that needs to be accomplished into annual, biannual, every three years and “Signature Renewal Projects” (tree removal, tree installation and turf rebuild) work which can be undertaken over a period of five years. In addition, throughout the community a minimum of 16 minor projects are identified requiring tree removal, installation, stump grinding and/or turf rebuilding.
Phased, regular maintenance will ensure the health and longevity of all plantings, reduce the possibility of storm damage, and ultimately reduce large “one-time” emergency costs for repairs, removals, and replacements of trees and shrubs. Regular maintenance includes tree trimming and fertilization, tot lot mulching, seasonal plantings at the entrance circle and occasional pest control.

Regular care and maintenance will ensure the health and vibrancy of all green space in The Mews and will position our community as “the best little community in Kingstowne.” Signature Renewal Projects included in the five-year plan are:

2012 Signature Renewal Projects

Appleford and Fieldhurst:

  • Install in common area in front of 7020 Appleford
    six 3-gallon Knockout Roses and one 7-to-8-foot Muskogee Crape Myrtle

Clapham/Elton/Kings Manor:

  • Install seven 3-gallon roses in a kidney-shaped bed at the nose of the area facing the entrance of the community. Includes cutting in the bed and mulching the area.


2013 Signature Renewal Project

Pool Island:

  • Remove and grind stumps of five declining Leyland Cyprus trees.
  • Install three 7-foot Green Giant Arborvitae and three 7-foot Yoshino Cryptomeria. (Evergreens will be planted in groups to provide screen and buffer).
  • Turf rebuild: Add approximately 600 square feet. Existing vegetation will be removed, soil will be tilled. new topsoil will be brought in and semi-compacted. Seed and starter fertilizer will be applied and raked into soil. Area will be covered with straw.


2014 Signature Renewal Project

Kings Manor Island II:

  • Remove and grind stumps of four declining Leyland Cyprus trees.
  • Install three 7-foot Green Giant Arborvitae and three 7-foot Yoshino Cryptomeria. Evergreen plantings will be done in groups to provide screening and buffer.
  • Turf rebuild of approximately 400 square feet. Existing vegetation will be removed and soil will be tilled. New topsoil will be brought in and semi-compacted. Seed and starter fertilizer will be applied and raked into soil. Area will be covered with straw.


2015 Signature Renewal Project

Kings Manor Island III:

  • Remove and grind stumps of five declining Leyland Cyprus trees.
  • Install six 7-foot Green Giant Arborvitae and three 7-foot Yoshino Cryptomeria. The evergreens will be planted in groups to provide a screen and buffer.
  • Turf rebuild of approximately 400 square feet. Existing vegetation will be removed and soil will be tilled. New topsoil will be brought in and semi-compacted. Seed and a starter fertilizer will be applied and raked into soil. Area will be covered with straw.


2016 Signature Renewal Project

Kings Manor/Elton Island:

  • Remove and grind stumps of seven declining Leyland Cyprus trees.
  • Install six 7-foot Green Giant Arborvitae, three 7-foot Nellie Stevens Holly, three 7-foot Yoshino Cryptomeria and three 7-to-8-foot Muskogee Crape Myrtle. Evergreens will be planted in groups to provide screening and buffer.
  • Turf rebuild of approximately 1,000 square feet. Existing vegetation will be removed and soil will be tilled. New topsoil will be brought in and semi-compacted. Seed and a starter fertilizer will be applied and raked into the soil. Area will be covered with straw.