APRIL 1, 2020 by Stephanie Andrasi, Manager

Use of Guest Parking – Policy Reminder

 The limited guest parking spaces throughout the community are reserved for guests visiting the community, not residents.

During these trying times of the COVID19 pandemic and Shelter in Place restrictions in place by local officials, the Association would like to remind everyone if the use of a guest space by someone visiting your property for longer than 72-hours is required, a written request must be submitted and approval granted to ensure your guest’s vehicle is not towed.  It is the goal of the Association to not have vehicles towed, but please know this action may be required if the guest parking policy is repeatedly violated.

Use of a Guest parking area for more than a seventy-two (72) hour period requires special permission on a case by case basis from the Courtyard at the Preserve Board of Directors.  Email your request to [email protected].  Give name, address & exact dates you need guest parking.

Please review the Guest Parking Policy & notify CAM if you need to register a visitor’s vehicle:

Guest parking areas are restricted to “Guests” only.  Owners and Tenants are prohibited from parking in the guest parking areas.  No further warnings will be given.   It is expressly prohibited for any Courtyard at the Preserve resident to use a Guest parking area.

Guest parking is utilized on a first-come, first-serve-basis and is not assigned to a specific lot.

Guests may park in Guest parking areas for a seventy-two (72) hour period without special permission. The seventy-two (72) hour period shall begin when a vehicle first enters a Guest parking area and the period will not cease when a vehicle temporarily leaves the Guest parking areas and returns.” Note the wording of “temporarily” in no way means the person can move the auto out of Guest parking for any period of time and then expect a restart of the seventy-two (72) hour period upon returning the vehicle to Guest parking at a later date.

JUNE 26, 2019, by Tiffany Houkom with FrontSteps

7 Principles of Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping was coined by Denver Water in the early 80’s by combining the word “landscape” with the Greek prefix “xero” meaning dry. It’s no surprise that this concept came to life in Colorado, as it is a very dry region that does not have access to fresh water, making irrigation far more expensive and wasteful than in other regions.

Denver Water not only coined the term but developed a list of principles to help others around the world adopt xeriscaping. Here are these main principles of xeriscaping:

1). Plan and design for smart water use

Before you plant anything, determine the water resources for your landscape and how to use them properly. You’ll also want to take into consider budget, function, aesthetics, and expected maintenance.

2). Improve soil quality

Quality soil retains moisture, which encourages plant growth. Incorporating organic matter into your soil can help improve its quality. However, you must understand the type of soil that will help plants in your region thrive. Some native plants don’t require much organic matter, while other can drown in soil that retains too much moisture.

3). Reduce turf and other water-wasting plants

The main goal of xeriscaping it to reduce water waste, which means reducing the size of lawns. Look to replace lawns with drought-tolerant grass that’s best suited for your region. You can also replace all or part of your lawn with low-water groundcovers that are drought-tolerant and require little to no fertilizer.

4). Choose the right plants

Pick plants that are drought-tolerant, but also have aesthetic appeal. Select plants that are native to your region or thrive in your type of climate. It’s recommended that you select a good mix of plants at various heights that bloom throughout the year. Don’t forget that different plants require different amounts of sunlight, so plant accordingly.

5). Water efficiently

No, xeriscaping does not mean you’ll never have to water again. However, it does aim to ensure you water wisely and never overwater. Choose drip irrigation systems that directly water the roots and avoid wasteful sprinklers that leave excess water on the sidewalk or street. Aim to water plants deeply at their roots and do so infrequently to help them develop long, healthy drought-tolerant root systems.

6). Mulch

It’s recommended that you use two to three inches of natural mulch. Mulch helps prevent evaporation and prevents weed growth. It’s also a way to improve the aesthetics of your landscape.

7). Maintain your landscape

When you do the right amount of planning and research, you’ll end up with an attractive, low maintenance yard. But even xeriscaped landscapes still require some maintenance. Pull weeds, prune shrubs and trees, rake, and replace mulch as needed.