******* LAWN CARE TIPS
The University of Florida offers these tips and guidelines for a healthy, green, and vigorous lawn. Please do the following and also pay attention to the things you should not do:
Most people (including lawn services), mow their lawns too short. This practice is known as
"scalping." Don't scalp your lawn. If you do, you will promote weed growth and weaken your lawn
thereby making it susceptible to disease and insect attack. In our community, the lots were initially sodded
with Floratam -a cultivar of St. Augustine. Floratam should be mowed when it reaches a height of about
4 inches -never remove more than 1/3 of blade length. For most lawn mowers, this translates into setting
the cutting height at the highest level.
Additional mowing tips:
.Sharpen the mower blade at least once a year. A dull blade causes the blades of grass to have a ragged appearance. The ragged cut promotes disease-
.Do not rake or bag clippings. Leave them on the lawn to recycle nutrients. Clippings do not contribute to "thatch." If the clippings are too thick or clumped -spread them around.
.It bears repeating -DO NOT SCALP.
Ideally, you should water your lawn on an " as -needed basis. " A Floratam lawn needs watering when the leaf blades begin to fold lengthwise and the blades take on a blue-gray tint. Another sign is that footprints on the lawn remain long after they were made. During the rainy season, you may not have to water at all. During the drier times of the year, however, a lawn requires irrigation -if you want it green. Floratam lawns, when needed, should be watered with 3/4 of an inch of water; To determine the proper length of time to run your sprinklers, place containers around the lawn and note how much time it takes for the containers to contain 3/4 of an inch of water. The lawn should be watered in the morning, before sunrise. Too much water will promote disease and weaken your lawn's root system.
This can be complicated. Ideally, the soil should be tested to determine both the type and amount of fertilizer to apply. Short of testing, U of F recommends the following for basic maintenance. Do not use high nitrogen fertilizers (i.e., those with a nitrogen content above 16 percent).
Use a 16-4-8 fertilizer that includes micronutrients. That's 16 percent nitrogen, 4 percent phosphorous, and 8 percent potassium (potash).
Apply lIb. of slow release nitrogen per 1000 square feet. Milorganite may be used. Note: a little math must be used to apply the correct amount.
Apply iron (Fe), in a foliar application, at the rate of2 oz. in 3-5 gallons of water per 1000 square feet.
Apply a complete fertilizer (16-4-8).
Be aware that even though you follow these guidelines, you may still have to contend with disease, insect, or weed problems. Also, be mindful of the fact that Floratam does not do well in shade. If you have a shady yard, you may want to consider using another St. Augustine cultivar such as Palmetto. But, unlike Floratam, Palmetto is not Chinch bug resistant.
For more information, take a look at the following web sites:
511 TRAFFIC INFORMATION
DON'T GET STUCK IN TRAFFIC - CALL 511
Wouldn't it be great to receive up to the minute travel information before you leave home or work on a daily basis? Well, 511 is here and available to residents in the Miami-Dade, Broward and West Palm Beach areas for free. 511 provides real-time traffic, road conditions and traffic updates. It also tells the status of an incident and lets you know when roads are clear or what alternate routes you can take. The official debut of 511 was in July of 2002.
Odd street addresses may irrigate lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Even street addresses may irrigate lawns and landscapes on Thursdays and Sundays from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
The SFWMD recommends the efficient use of water, which includes placing a maximum of about three-quarters of an inch to an inch of water once per week on lawns and accomplishing irrigation during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest to reduce evaporation losses.
Hand-watering with one hose fitted with an automatic shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes per day for landscape stress relief and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, including the use of drip and microjet systems that apply water directly to plant root zones, is not restricted but should be voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days and times are allocated for the establishment of new lawns and landscapes
No restrictions apply to other outside water uses, such as for car and boat washing, pressure cleaning of paved surfaces, decorative fountains and water-based recreation (e.g. swimming pools, water slides).
Golf courses must reduce their allocated water use by 30 percent.
For more information, please call the Davie Utilities Department at 954-327-3742.
Procedure for Tree Removal and Replacement
l. Submit a letter stating your plans to remove your tree to the WPHOA Board for approval.
2. Submit a letter stating your plans to remove your tree to the Town of Davie , Code Enforcement Division to get their approval for removing and replanting a tree. Include the plans you submitted to WPHOA Board as they will require approval from the homeowners association.
3. Get approval from WPHOA Board and Town of Davie .
4. Remove tree and replant the new approved tree.
Please make sure that you are not planting a “nuisance” tree. If you have any questions about a particular tree, contact the Broward County Agriculture Department. For a list of native Florida plants, check out the University of Florida IFAS Extension at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP011.
Painting and Exterior Changes
Exterior Changes, including roofs and paint colors requires Architectural Approval Form to be approved by the Board of Directors. Architectural Approval Form can be obtained from any Board Member or printed here from this website - see Documents tab.
All paint colors, pavers, new roof colors,etc. need to be approved by the Board. Please bring paint swatches, roof colors, roof styles or pavers that you are requesting approval for, to one of the Board meetings. Waterford Patio residents wanting to paint their house is encouraged to use one of these color schemes. In addition, residents receive a discount on all paint and associated products at Sherwin-Williams located on 1300 SW 160th Ave, Weston (off of Indian Trace) 954-306-0662. The book with the color schemes is available at Sherwin- Williams.
Approved Paint Schemes can be found online:
The Board will vote, sign and stamp the Architectural Approval Form form and stamp with the WPHOA seal
Some changes require a permit from the Town of Davie and they will require this form. A copy will be kept with the files of the Association.
Community Swimming Pool
Parking and Roof Reminders
No Commercial vehicles (without cover or magnetic cover) are allowed to be parked at any home in Waterford Patio Homes unless work is being done at that residence.
It is a safety hazard to park in the street. Please be mindful of leaving space for emergency vehicles and the postal delivery person.
No boats, trailers, campers, etc. are allowed to be kept in the front yards. (If a resident is taking their boat, trailer, camper, etc. out for the weekend, it must be put away within 24 hours) These items may be stored in back yards but cannot be visible above the fence line.
Roofs are to be kept pressure cleaned and painted as needed. Those residents that are in the process of getting a new roof should request approval from the Board not to pressure clean.
Derelict vehicles are not allowed in front of houses or in driveways at anytime.
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Monthly Board Meetings
Monthly Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at the community pool. All homeowners are encouraged to attend. Click here for detailed list of current year meeting dates and minutes of past meetings.
Garbage, Containers, Bulk Pick Up Reminder
Storing trash can/recyclable containers on the side and/or the front of your home in view of the community properties is not allowed. This issue has been escalating in our community so it is necessary to remind residents to please keep trash containers in your garage out of sight. Also bulk pick up trash should be left out only one day before scheduled date.
Garbage Pickup is Monday and Thursday every week. All garbage must be in the cans provided by the Town of Davie . The only day there is no garbage pickup is on Christmas Day. If Christmas falls on a Monday or a Thursday, then pickup will be the following normal pick-up day.
BULK TRASH IS THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Please do not put your bulk trash out any earlier than the day before scheduled pickup.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Coastal Waste and Recycling at 954-947-4000.
On-Street Parking Reminder
Please no vehicles are allowed to park in street, because this is a safety hazard.
Procedure For Fence Replacement
1. Submit a letter stating your plans to replace your fence. Please include your lot number, name, address and fence company information (company name, address, licence #)
2. Submit a letter stating your plans to replace your fence to the Town of Davie, to get their approval for fence replacement . A copy of your survey is required. Include the plans you submitted to WPHOA Board as they will require approval from the homeowners association.
3. Get approval from WPHOA Board and Town of Davie.
4. Remove/Replace Fence
RESIDENTS PLEASE CALL 911 IF YOU SEE ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN NEIGHBORHOOD
ENFORCEMENT OF COVENANTS
COMMON COVENANTS THAT ARE ENFORCED ARE:
- Roofs that are dirty, and in need of being pressure cleaned
- Homes that need to be pressure cleaned and painted
- Lawns that are overgrown, weeds, shrubs and trees that need trimming.
-Trash/garbage containers visible from street
- Commercial Vehicles parked in driveways
- Boats or watercraft parked in front of property
- Fences in need of repair
NEIGHBORHOOD SPEED LIMIT
The speed limit is 15MPH. Please remember to slow down.
Mosquito Bite Protection in Florida * Florida Department of Health
Mosquito information was given to the entire neighborhood. Please turn over or cover anything that could hold water around your home. Also PLEASE do not purposely fill up driveways for ducks to drink from.
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NO OVERNIGHT PARKING - Overnight parking is not allowed at the pool. Violators will be asked to move the vehicle.
VANDALISM - The Board works very hard to keep the pool area in good order. Any vandalism will result in the prosecution from Davie Police. If anyone notices loitering at the pool at night or any vandalism at any time, please call the police. You can remain anonymous. We need your HELP especially during the summer.
POOL FURNITURE - Please take care of the pool furniture. If you see a child jumping on the chairs or standing on them, please tell them or their parents to ask them to stop. The chairs and lounges can be moved to a location of your choice, but PLEASE put chairs and lounges back in the proper place so the area stays looking nice for the next user.
Please clean up after yourselves and throw all trash in the can provided. Let's all work together to keep our pool clean and beautiful for many years to come.
KEYS - There are 2 keys for the pool area; one for the gate and one for the bathrooms.
Pool Gate/Restroom key set $25.
RENTERS: If the homeowner gives you permission to pick up the key, you must bring a notarized letter from homeowner giving authorization.