Native Grass Requirements and Recommendations: July 2017

Portico Board of Directors would like to pass on some helpful tips about maintaining native grass. The board has received concerns from many homeowners about the lack of consistency and health of the native grasses. Additionally, with the dry conditions on the front range this summer, the board felt this was a good time to share some of the information that we have received over the years from venders, nursery’s and research. Portico does require that homeowners maintain their native areas free of weeds and must remove all noxious weeds on a timely basis. 

Native Grass Tips 

  1. Mow native grasses at least once a year before November 1st. This approach is in alignment with the neighborhood management of the open spaces.
  2. If native grasses are kept short in the summer and rain is not our friend, watering the native grass will keep it looking healthy. 
  3. Bare spots are a common struggle with native grass. Reseeding and watering help fill in the bare spots. This process might need to be repeated several times. 
  4. Treating the native grass with a pre-emergent in the spring helps keep weeds to a minimum. Additional treatments might be needed throughout the summer if weeds are persistent. 
  5. Please spray the weeds that creep into the road from your property line. Since the county does little to maintain our HOA roads, preventing weeds from entering the cracks in the road or creating new cracks in the road will keep the road from deteriorating more quickly. 

Happy Summer 

Portico HOA Board 

FIREWORKS: In Boulder County, if it flies or explodes, its ILLEGAL!

Residents and visitors who are celebrating the Fourth of July in unincorporated Boulder County (including Portico) should be aware that not all fireworks are legal. If it flies or explodes, it’s illegal. Please remember that just because you can buy certain types of fireworks in Colorado, doesn’t mean they are legal to use where you are. Please be respectful of your neighbors and understand the potential fire hazard and nuisance involved with using illegal fireworks in Portico.

What are permissible fireworks for unincorporated Boulder County?

Cylindrical or cone fountains, wheels and ground spinners, illuminating torches and colored fire, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellant or toy smoke devices, trick noise makers, and snake or glow worms are all permissible when a fire restriction or ban is not in effect.

What are illegal fireworks for unincorporated Boulder County?

Any devices or components that, when used or ignited, project or disburse any metal, glass, or brittle plastic fragments. Cherry bombs, roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, shells and rockets, M-80s and M-100s, and helicopters are all examples of illegal fireworks.

Fireworks Safety Tips from Boulder County Sheriff:

  • In Boulder County, if it flies or explodes, its ILLEGAL!
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don’t realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.