Landscape Maintenance

One of the most obvious services that the District provides is landscape maintenance of all the common areas within Celebration. The District has a new landscape maintenance contract with Girard Environmental Services to provide these services, which include mowing and detailing turf areas, pruning and fertilizing trees and shrubs, annual replacements, maintaining the common area irrigation system, pest control for all plant material, and trash removal.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Beautiful aesthetic presentation as soon as you drive into the community
  • Healthy plant material, free from disease and pests
  • Trees and turf are natural pollution reducers, including urban and noise pollution
  • One acre of trees can produce enough oxygen to keep 18 people alive
  • Tree planting reduces soil erosion and prevents rapid runoff of water and pollutants into streams
  • Three deciduous trees (one each on the southeast, southwest and west) can cut air conditioning costs 10%
  • Turf also helps replenish the oxygen by trapping particles like dust and smoke
  • Increased property values for everyone
  • Great marketing and advertisement for the community and its businesses

(resource used for portions of this list can be found on the website for Davey Tree Expert Company, www.davey.com)

INFORMATION FOR ALL RESIDENTS: The Board of Supervisors encourages all residents to take care when fertilizing, especially for properties that backup to ponds. The blooms of algae that the District is experiencing are the direct result of over-fertilizing and these nutrients getting into the ponds. Treating these algae mats and blooms is a constant maintenance issue for District staff and we are limited in what we can use to treat those blooms pursuant to permits with other governmental agencies. If you have any questions about the types of fertilizer you are using or the quantity, please contact the District Office and speak with one of our field staff.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Make sure all irrigation heads face away from ponds and wetland areas
  • Aim irrigation heads so that water hits only plant materials, not the sidewalk or other impervious surfaces
  • Repair broken irrigation heads right away
  • Have your landscaping company perform a soils test to see what nutrients your lawn actually needs
  • Because the reuse water is so rich in nitrogen and phosphorus already, consider using phosphate-free fertilizer on your turn and plant materials to avoid excessive nutrients making their way into the drainage system and ponds