The Windgate II Landscape Committee re-formed in the summer of 2023 and is ready to pick-up where previous committees left off after a hiatus during the multi-year brickwork project. The Landscape Committee makes recommendations to the Board about the installation and maintenance of plants and trees in Windgate II's common area. 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). The grass and mulched areas in front of each unit is part of the Association common area.
If you would like to contact the Landscape Committee, you may send a message through the "Contact" link on the homepage.
Plantings by Residents
For guidance on planting by residents, see Policy Resolution 17-03 Common Area Planting Policy.
NOTE: If you wish to add a perennial, shrub, tree, or other permanent addition to the common area, please submit this Landscape Variance Request
form (with attachments) to the management company.
Protect the Investment
Our condominium association fees fund the landscaping. New shrubs, ground covers, trees, sod, and hydro-seed are especially vulnerable. Please do not take short-cuts through beds and keep your pets away from new plantings. Pet urine kills plants.
It is a struggle each year for our staff to keep up with watering our extensive landscape. If you are willing and able to give your area some extra TLC, join the Landscape Committee’s list of watering volunteers or just pick up a hose when it’s dry and you see that plants and trees are obviously hurting from heat and the lack of water. The Association can provide hoses and sprinklers if you need them.
Owners are responsible for the pruning of shrubs and trees within their patios. Limbs should not touch the roof, overhang gutters, rest on fences, or interfere with passage outside the fence. Vines must be removed from buildings.
Landscape Rejuvenation Project
Since inception, Windgate II has invested in and maintained an abundance of trees and shrubs to enhance the overall look of our community. Over time, our landscaping has matured, and we have many shrubs that are declining due to age or in some cases, inadequate pruning. We also have areas where shrubs, ground cover, and flowering annuals have outgrown their surroundings.
Landscape Rejuvenation was added as a funding category in the last two reserve studies so that the Association could make major improvements in our aging landscaping over a span of several years. The rejuvenation project takes a holistic approach, including replacing older, less attractive plantings with new shrubs, assessing viability of existing plants and trees, and in some cases, using hardscape to enhance the overall appearance. Shrubs will generally be smaller in size (since they will be new plants), and we will have more open spaces in beds while shrubs and other plantings mature. One of the goals of the rejuvenation is to reduce overcrowding and minimize maintenance costs by choosing shrubs and other plants that naturally maintain a lower profile, thus reducing the need and negative effects of continual pruning. We also want to achieve a more cohesive look for the community.
Each year, several courtyards and/or common areas will be selected for rejuvenation. Selections are made by the Landscape Committee based on a consensus of areas with greatest need. Landscape rejuvenation will continue each year throughout the property until the entire property has been addressed as needed. In addition to landscaping, additional work will be performed in rejuvenation areas to replace window wells and address downspouts as needed. If your area is not yet scheduled for rejuvenation, we ask for your patience. We recognize that there are many areas of need in the community; however, this project must be undertaken over a span of several years due to the scope and cost.
In addition to the rejuvenation plans, the Landscape Committee will continue to make recommendations to the Board to use the annual budgeted operating funds for non-routine landscape requirements including enhancements.