No matter the size of community, one of the goals any condo or HOA has for their landscaping plan is to increase owner enjoyment of the property and enhance their investment purchase.
Larger complexes often have a landscaper in house, or under contract, to care for the lawns, flowers, greenery and other plantings around the property. Smaller associations may have a lawn or landscaping service cut the grass weekly—but due to the size and budget—a personal touch from one (or more) green-thumbed residents can undoubtedly enhance the community’s curb appeal.
Many condo associations encourage residents to get more involved in the planning, designing, planting, and caring for exterior flora, whether it’s sprucing up flowerbeds, courtyards, and entrances, or researching the costs for suitable shrubs and other horticultural specimens for upgrading their property. These activities are commonly handled by gardening or landscaping committees.
“In most cases, responsibilities of a landscape committee consist of several things,” says Kris Sokol, landscape operations manager of A Safe Haven Landscaping, based in Chicago. “Their main responsibility is to assist the board in developing standards of maintenance of existing common area landscaping, to assist the board in developing an improvement plan for the common area landscaping, and assisting the board in monitoring the performance of the contractors hired for maintenance, and improvement of the landscaping.”
There are a variety of ways to start a garden or landscaping committee. Sometimes, the genesis is from a resident who just enjoys gardening, or it may be a handful of residents who decide to form a committee to examine ways to improve and replace decades-old and overgrown landscaping that is encroaching upon the buildings and its entrances.