August 14, 2019
This season you may have noticed brighter, more colorful entrances to the Weatherstone neighborhood. The landscaped beds around the stone entrance monuments on the east and west sides of Stone Mountain Drive and Weathersfield Way have been completely revitalized.
These areas were formerly choked with overgrown, 20-year-old wild geraniums, invasive grasses, and weeds. Now the refurbished beds sport bright yellow yarrow, blue penstemon, orange agastache (ah-gahs-TAHK’-ee), pink roses, and decorative grasses—all cold-hardy perennials that will mature in 2 to 3 years and keep flowering each spring and summer.
Weatherstone’s landscape architect, Ivy Street Design carefully selected plants based on the Landscape Committee’s requests for more color, durability, drought resistance, and reduced maintenance. Native and near-native plants were specified where possible.
Ivy Street then managed the work of Singing Hills Landscaping, which removed old shrubs and perennials, reworked the outdated irrigation system, added a rich soil mix, and installed new plants. Follow-up weed treatments were completed to discourage weed regrowth. Some of the perennials initially suffered winter kill and rabbit damage. This spring, under a one-year warranty with Weatherstone, Singing Hills graciously replaced not only the damaged plants, but also all of those of the same species so our beds have a consistent, integrated appearance.
Lawn Care Solutions (LCS), our landscape maintenance contractor, will continue to weed and maintain these beds going forward. Ivy Street and Singing Hills each were hired after a competitive bidding process. As sub-association funds become available, refurbishing streetscapes and other landscaped areas will continue under the staged, multi-year plan.
For example, many thousands of gold lilies were planted along Weatherstone streetscapes when the neighborhood was originally developed and are reaching the end of their natural lives. Each fall when LCS removes the dead lily foliage, much of our water-conserving mulch unavoidably comes with it. The plan envisions revamping these beds, adding trees to moderate sun exposure, and replacing the lilies with lower-maintenance, drought-resistant shrubs and perennials.
Due to the building boom in Denver, costs for labor and plant material are rising as much as 10 percent per year. The Landscape Committee and the Board are balancing Weatherstone’s landscaping needs with our sub-association budget. Our goal is to help maintain our property values and make Weatherstone an attractive, desirable place to live.
Weatherstone HOA Landscape Committee
Posted August 14, 2019