Residents may not alter or remove any landscaping within their residential unit or perform any landscaping without approval by the HOA Board of Directors (Symphony Park HOA Code No. 3 “Residential Unit Landscaping and Other Maintenance by the HOA).
Requests for any new landscaping changes of any type must be submitted to the Landscaping Review committee by filling out this form:
MainScapes is responsible for the maintenance of Symphony Park’s general landscape – all plant materials and turf areas within the property lines of Symphony Park. Below is a list of services performed by MainScapes:
- Elevation of Street Trees: majority of this work will take place during the winter dormancy. A few additional branches may need to be pruned throughout the remainder of the year to prevent branches from hitting pedestrians.
- Thinning and Elevating of the Crape Myrtles: best performed during February or March before they start to develop significant branches and full leaves.
- Dog Stations: changed on a weekly basis. We try to do this near the end of the week so they are ready for the weekend.
- Ornamental Grasses: cut back in the fall or late winter.
- Knock Out Roses: pruned back in late February or early March.
- Carpet Roses: pruned back in late February or early March.
- Liriope: cut back in the late winter before the new growth starts.
- Hydrangea and Spirea: cut back in the late winter just before the new growth to see what leaf buds died during the winter. This will help the shrubs grow as tall as possible otherwise, they will be cut by one-third to one-half.
- Perennials (Hosta, Ferns, Geraniums, Astilbe): cut back in the fall once the leaf color has changed to brown.
- Azaleas: pruned after flowering to maintain shape. They will be lightly pruned during the growing season to keep them in shape and off of sidewalks.
- Pruning: all of the remaining shrubs will be pruned three times during the growing season. First pruning will be after the majority of the spring growth has emerged, once again in the late summer to remove the summer growth and a final pruning in the late fall so the shrubs look neat during the winter.
- Spring Annuals: installed around May 10. This is the date of the typical last frost of the winter. The fall annuals will be installed in early October. This will give time for the root system to become established enough to survive the winter.
- Mowing: typically starts during the middle of April. This will depend on the weather conditions and growth. The final mowing will be in November in conjunction with the leaf removal.
- Turf Applications: there are four turf applications, the first (Crabgrass Pre-emergent) will be sometime in March once the soil thaws. The second application (Broadleaf Weed Control) will take place during the late spring with spot applications during the summer as the third application. The final application (fertilizer) is in the fall to help stimulate root growth for the winter.
- Leaf Removals: begin in November. The landscaper will try to cleanup as close to Thanksgiving as possible and do another leaf removal in December once all of the leaves have fallen and settled in the surrounding properties.
- Additional Plantings (other than annuals): this planting will be completed in the spring and fall. Plantings can be installed in the summer, but will require additional watering until they become established. Some plants (evergreen) should not be planted after November 1 while some other trees (deciduous) can be planted all winter as long as the ground is not frozen.
- Aeration and Overseeding and Turf Renovations: can be completed in the spring if needed, but is best done in the fall.