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Over the course of the last few weeks, since we have entered the growing season, our offices and the Board have received several inquiries and concerns as it relates to weed control and landscaping maintenance services of the Association.

CAMS Management and the Board of Directors have been working diligently with our landscaping contractor to address weed control efforts as well as mowing services, to ensure any maintenance concerns are being addressed as we continue to progress into spring.

Some of the efforts that are being taken are weeding of common areas and home sites to include chemical applications as well as hand pulling of weeds in specification locations. These activities will be ongoing over the course of the next one to two weeks. In discussing these matters with our contractors, we would like to share a few points of information with the community to better advise and provide information relative to these services to set expectations for improvements in response to services being performed.

In the Imagery community, the residential home sites and common areas have Bermuda Turf, which is a warm-season grass that lies dormant over the fall and winter season and then begins to emerge in the spring as the temperatures begin to rise. As we approach the warm season and the turf begins to emerge, weed growth is also prominent during this season.

Under the contract, there are both pre-emergent and post pre-emergent applications placed on the site in both common areas as well as on the residential home sites three times per year that serve as a proactive measure to aid in limiting the weed growth as we transition into each season. However, these applications are preventative, not a weed treatment. It does not eliminate weed growth but yet aids in treating the soils to help limit specific turf weeds as we transition into each season.

Pre-Emergent does NOT kill any type of weed of any kind. When applied, it helps to prevent the weeds from developing after they germinate. All of this activity occurs below the turf canopy and is never seen. (Please see attachment on "How Pre-Emergent Works")

In addition, since we are working in an actively developing community and working with newly installed turf versus established turf this also requires alternate treatments. In some cases, pre-emergent may not be able to be applied therefore promoting additional weed growth in the growing season such as we are seeing currently.

There are multiple factors to determine whether a yard can have Pre-Emergent applied or not.

1. Has the sod has fully rooted or been mowed three times? If sod has not fully rooted or been mowed three times, Pre-Emergent can NOT be applied. If it was to be applied, it will kill the turf /sod.

2. What time of year is it applied? Pre-Emergent is applied to Bermuda turf three times per year. Early spring, late spring, and fall.

3. When is Pre-Emergent, not able to be applied? Pre-Emergent is not able to be applied if...sod has not fully rooted, has not been mowed three times or it roots in past the appropriate time to apply. If this occurs, it will be applied on the next application as long as the sod has fully rooted in or has been mowed three times.

4. What happens if Pre-Emergent can not be applied? If Pre-Emergent is not able to be applied, there is no barrier to prevent any type of weeds from germinating and maturing.

5. When can visible weeds be treated/sprayed? Weeds can only be treated if the sod is fully rooted in or has been mowed three times. If weeds are sprayed before this, it will cause permanent damage to the turf and or kill it.

6. What weeds are sprayed per the contract? Broadleaf weeds are treated. This does not include grassy-type weeds, crabgrass, nutsedge, or poana. After the weeds have been sprayed during the winter and cooler temperatures, it can take two weeks for them to die back. It generally takes seven days for them to begin to shows signs of dying. The weeds that are being seen now are winter and spring weeds which do not like warm temperatures and will die back on their own due to this as we progress. Wet winters cause an influx of weeds throughout spring as well.

Weeds are currently present in the newly sodded areas due to the inability of being able to apply Pre-Emergent and the inability to spray because newly installed sod has not rooted on some homes or the sod rooted after the application was completed. There are also different types of weeds visible that are outside of the landscaper’s contractual obligation that is now being treated separately.

When we begin to see weed growth outside of the services provided in the contract, our contractors will apply separate chemical applications that will treat those specific weeds.

In closing, please know that during these time frames the Board, Management and the Landscape Team will continue to work together to determine the best plan of action to properly service the turf and aid in weed control.

Please also see the attached documents that will help you better understand the weeds of reference and treatment plans that are in effect and referenced in this communication. 

We would like to thank you for allowing us to provide you with this information. Please know that CAMS and the Board are working diligently to address landscaping services per the contract as well as any outside landscaping concerns as they arise. Your patience and understanding during this process are greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding this communication or its contents please contact CAMS Management at 704-951-6000.