Landscape News
  • Residents in the back of the Community probably noticed work being performed on the sloping area below the back of unit 2550-A and along the steps to the mailbox. This work is being performed through our participation in Arlington County’s StormwaterWise program. Under the program, the County performs an assessment of a community and provides a report identifying project areas along with recommended approaches. Participants choose among the projects and together with a certified StormwaterWise landscape contractor develop a plan which complies with certain requirements such as soil amendment and using native plants. In exchange for participating in the program, the County reimburses communities part of the cost of the landscape project. This is a great opportunity for us to get advice and actual experience with environmentally recommended methods to remediate storm-water run-off. We know that there are other areas in the community with similar run-off problems exacerbated by our very rainy 2018, and we hope to use what we learn from this project to work on those other areas. So if you are in one of those areas, know that you are not forgotten. (Oct 2018)
  • We also will be starting a drainage project to correct problems in the underground drainage pipes that carry water from downspouts for the 2554 and 2556 buildings. New pipes will be installed to prevent water from backing up and erupting from the downspout extension opening at one unlucky owner’s unit. The dry creek bed between units 2562-C and 2564-A will be reconstructed as part of the project. This is one of several projects we have had to undertake this year due to aging pipes, deteriorating window wells and degradation of correct sloping away from buildings exacerbated by our excessive rain. These conditions have resulted in infiltration of water into units and hydrostatic pressure exerted against foundation walls eventually resulting in cracks through which water can seep. These are issues that our community needs to address proactively going forward. (Oct 2018)
  • As the 2018 growing season is ending, the Landscape Committee knows that we have open requests and needs that will not be met this year. We will be carrying those requests and needs forward as the start of our landscape items list for 2019. (Oct 2018)
  • Windgate II has been selected to participate in the Arlington County StormwaterWise Landscapes Program, which provides funding for home owner associations (HOAs) to reduce stormwater runoff. HOAs that apply and are selected for this program receive a stormwater assessment by county staff. HOAs then select one of the recommended practices to install. Here is the county's report for Windgate II. We have chosen Area #3 for implementation because of the slipping hazard posed by mud washing onto the sidewalk and parking lot. Experience from this project inform our efforts on other areas identified in the report (July 2018).
  • Ever wonder how landscaping works at Windgate II, or what you can do to help? Read this overview from the landscaping committee (July 2018).
  • Here are notes from the fall landscape walk (Sep 2017).
  • For residents who planted annuals earlier this year, now is the time to remove them from beds and planters and do fall clean-up.
  • The hand rail by 2552-A will be relocated. If you know a place where a hand rail would be useful, please send an e-mail to
  • Leaf blowing by Lancaster is performed twice in November and twice in December.
  • Pruning of shrubs and trees within patios is owners' responsibility. Limbs should not touch the roof, overhang gutters, rest on fences, or interfere with passage outside the fence. Vines should be removed from buildings.  
  • See Policy Resolution 17-03 Common Area Planting Policy for guidance on planting by residents.
  • The landscape committee is looking for volunteers and new members. Read more -- find out how you can help.
Landscape Committee
This committee makes recommendations to the board about the installation and maintenance of plants and trees in our common areas. 
Meetings of the landscape committee in 2018 are scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month: Jan 18, Feb 13, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5, Jul 5, Aug 7, Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 5, Dec 4.  If you are interested in participating, please use the form at the bottom of the Contact Us page to email Pat Walter, who chairs the landscape committee. Minutes of landscape committee meetings are below.
NOTE: If you wish to add a perennial, shrub, tree, or other permanent addition to the common area, please use this form to submit a landscape variance request (with attachments) to the landscape committee chair, Pat Walter, at As a reminder, the common area consists of the entire property other than the individual units and the limited common elements associated with those units (patios, decks, front stairs and portions of the front stoops).
Minutes of landscape committee meetings are available: go to FSRConnect, log in, select Forms & Documents, then select Board & Committee Minutes.
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