Native Grass Requirements and Recommendations Announcement

Portico Board of Directors would like to inform everyone that we have put together an updated set of requirements and recommendations for the care and maintenance of homeowner’s grasses. The board has received consistent and increasing feedback from many homeowners as well as local real estate professionals that our property values are being negatively impacted by the lack of consistency and health of the native grasses. Additionally, with the dry conditions leading to recent nearby grass fires, the Board felt this was an important time to improve clarity on the Grass Specifications

While care of the grasses has always been monitored by our management company and in light of concerns on property values, there will be an increased focus on monitoring and compliance management on this topic. In an effort to provide clarity on expectations of all homeowners, we have included the updated Grass Specifications below which have also been uploaded to the porticohoa.org website. Additionally, we have included a set of recommendations received from local experts at the Flower Bin, CSU, and other homeowners as a helpful reference. 

Please see guidelines as follows. We thank you for your cooperation and attention to helping us create a uniform neighborhood in advance. Please reach out to the Board with any questions or concerns. 

Grass Specifications (Requirements) 

1. Grass must be kept healthy and green during spring, summer and fall months.
2. Homeowners must remove all noxious weeds (thistle, dandelions, etc.) on a timely basis.
3. Restore all bare spots to a full and healthy state on a timely basis. Limit rocks in ditch areas as it serves for water runoff and flood prevention.
4. *All long native grasses are required to be mowed 1 time per year by November 1st. This approach is in alignment with the neighborhood management of the open space.
5. Native Grass Care. Homeowners are given 2 choices for the care of Native Grasses documented below: 

a. Native Grass kept long. Native grasses kept long until required cutting by November 1st. Homeowners are responsible for keeping grasses healthy, weed free and without bare spots. 

b. Native or turf grass kept at short/turf height. Homeowners can have shorter native or turf grass in the native grass area. Homeowners are responsible for keeping this grass green, healthy, weed free, and without bare spots. For native grasses, opting for the short turf height will require substantially more water than keeping the longer height. 

6. All pampas grasses must be 5 feet from road. This prevents root ball from breaking into pavement. 

Grass Care Recommendations

Early Spring

  1. Aerate all lawn grasses - leave plugs in place to decompose. This is important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration can be an extremely vital element to a healthy lawn because it allows water, healthy microorganisms, and nutrients into the soil.
  2. Following aeration is the best time to fertilize and re-seed grasses. Apply Pre-emergent in early Spring before weeds germinate. Weed Control by Flower Bin has Gard’n Wise Organics-Weed Preventer & Fertilizer 9-0-0 which is natural and safe.
  3. Water lawn a few extra times following aeration and re-seeding. 

Summer Maintenance

  1. Noxious Weeds. There may be other weeds emerging throughout the summer and fall. Spot applications for weeds at Flower Bin are: Avenger, Natria or Weed Pharm (all are fast-acting). There is a vinegar solution you can make or purchase. Your Landscaper may use Round Up, Weed B Gon or other products. These products are not pet friendly and may cause stomach upset, drooling, diarrhea and sleepiness in your pets. *Recommendations are for spraying and digging out root to prevent return of weeds.
  2. Natural Guard Soil Activator may be added several times throughout summer for revitalizing overworked lawns.
  3. Bare spots where grass did not take, whether turf or native, likely will require aeration, reseeding, and water until it starts to grow stronger and appear healthy. 

Late Fall

  1. Aerate all grasses again.
  2. Apply late Fall fertilizer.
  3. Cut ALL native grasses before first snow by November 1st. Reduces fire risk for everyone. 

Watering
Turf watering should be done 3 times per week. We are fortunate to have access to the Center for ReSource Conservation that provide free consultations on how to conserve water by suggesting and programming irrigation settings, reviewing soil, and sprinkler heads. They may be contacted through Left Hand Water or by visiting the Center for ReSource Conservation’s site Slow the Flow-Home for more information or to sign up for your FREE inspection visit Outdoor Sprinkler Consultation page or call (303) 999-3820 x217. 

Animal Damage
For animal damage such as rabbits, squirrels, voles, etc. Flower Bin carries Repels All - safe for pets, children, and adults. It can be sprinkled on animal holes, around foundation, etc. It causes nasal irritation to pests to deter not kill.