Snowfall can be beautiful in New Jersey, but a long, harsh winter can wreak havoc on a condominium community’s landscaping. As spring begins to peek around winter’s chilly corner, the snow melts away and uncovers the winter wear. From broken tree branches littering the ground and long-buried trash that has blown onto the property to shrubs crushed by the weight of ice and snow, the list of potential seasonal damage seems endless.
Understandably, spring planning can be a bit overwhelming, especially at this time when condominium boards are trying to penny-pinch in light of the struggling economy. But there’s no denying that it’s time to clean up. But before you begin, you’ll need to chart a course of action.
A Plan of Attack
When it comes to spring landscaping, board members and contractors cannot go in with a blind eye. The planning for spring projects generally starts early, as soon as a full calendar year ahead.
The first step is evaluating. To be safe, board members should conduct walk-throughs of the property at least once a month. That way, when it comes time to move ahead with winter cleanup and think spring, there won’t be any major surprises. It could also be to a board’s advantage to open up these walk-throughs to anyone living in the community. Often, the more that residents understand about their community, the more positive their experience living will be. Regular contact also opens lines of communication and invites positive feedback.
Before diving into major changes, general maintenance needs to be performed. After surveying the grounds, property owners will have a better idea of what the biggest obstacles are standing between winter cleanup and spring landscaping. Tackling the obvious—the matted, wet leaves leftover from last fall and potholes in the driveways and parking lots—brings an immediate visual improvement.