Rules for HOAs can differ a lot, and this might be confusing to homeowners. They could get a general idea of what they’re permitted or not allowed to do if they researched HOA landscaping or garden policies beforehand, but it’s important to remember that each association has different regulations. Most rules are established to maintain the community’s appearance and keep homes looking uniform from one property to the next.
At Growing Concern, we work with a wide variety of different HOA communities. We have seen firsthand which policies work well to benefit the community as a whole, and which ones don’t do anything to improve the beauty or value of the community.
Many HOAs have landscaping policies in place. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones and explore the reasoning behind them.
HOAs Require an Approved Plant Palette
It is not uncommon for an HOA to have a policy that dictates an approved plant palette. This list would identify the plants a resident is allowed to install (whether they’re doing it themselves or hiring out landscape professionals).
Maintaining a cohesive landscape benefits not just aesthetics, but also property values. When homeowners see that their HOA is invested in the community’s upkeep, they’re more likely to want to live there—or keep living there if they already do.
This policy is also important to prevent the spread of invasive species or plants that can cause problems. For instance, bamboo can rapidly take over an area and spread into other yards.
HOAs Put Limitations on Lawn Furniture or Lawn Sculptures
Many HOAs have strict rules about what types of furniture or decorations are allowed in front yards. These usually fall under “unapproved decorations.”
This goes back to the attractiveness of the whole community. If a few small garden sculptures are allowed in landscaping beds, most HOAs usually won’t allow a big sculpture in a front yard.
Just like there are standards for how often you should mow your lawn, there should also be limits on what type and level of furniture is allowed outside. This is especially important for pieces that are highly visible from the street or other neighboring houses.
HOAs Implement Rules on Removing Trees
If a homeowner wants to remove a tree, they might need HOA board approval beforehand. This is something that we often see in regards to HOA gardening policies regarding trees.
Homeowners shouldn’t remove trees that add value to the community without a valid reason, as it’s not in the best interest of other residents. However, if there is a legitimate reason for removing a tree (e.g., it blocks a window or is diseased), then removal might be the best option.
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