LANDSCAPING @ HP

Our Landscaper is Mr. Eric Roscoe from Maximum Services, who works with our Master Gardener, Ms. Linda Weeks, to make HP look beautiful. 

Landscaping Update: Every HP Villa and Garden Apartment was inspected for dead or missing plants. The list was compiled and the Landscaping team will replace dead or missing plants after the current cool weather ends and the temperature rises. As a reminder, please do not submit landscaping work orders because the Landscaping Team will automatically take care of the problem without any owner input after we move into warmer weather. You should also be aware that this maintenance program will only take care of the front of the unit. If you want to pay for plants or trees in the rear of your unit, that is a viable option.

Landscaping Policy

The Landscaping Team is developing new methodologies and protocols which should enhance efficiency, save us money, and make landscaping changes easier for our residents.  In the end, our residents, the HPA budget, and the landscaping company will all benefit from this organized, efficient approach to landscaping issues.

  • In December and early January, our certified Landscapers inspected every Villa and Garden apartment in the community. If plants or trees are missing, diseased, or damaged, they will document the problem.
  • In early or mid February, the Landscapers will visit every villa or garden apartment which needs new plants or trees, and do the work for the unit owner. The unit owner no longer has to fill out a work order.
  • All current work orders, except those offering to buy new plants or trees, are null and void.
  • If the unit owner has a new problem with their landscaping, which wasn’t documented during the December-January inspection, they can still complete a work order. However, for most residents, we believe this will not be necessary
  • Unit owners can complete a “Work Order” to buy new plants and trees, which must be approved by the Landscaping Team.
  • As always, the final decision on all landscaping issues will be made by our certified landscapers.

Check out the new lighting at the Jog Road and El Clair islands inside the front and rear gate. It looks 100% better than it was in the dark.

Updates

Fruit Trees: For various reasons, all fruit trees are prohibited on HPA property. Unit owners should immediately remove them or ask Maximum Services to remove them. If this request is completed prior to October 31st, there will be No Charge to the unit owner. However, after October 31st, if there are any fruit trees in one of our yards, they will be removed and the unit owner will receive a bill. If you have any questions, please speak with Eric or Linda Weeks.

New Trees
Maximum Services planted 14 new trees  in various locations through out Huntington Pointe. The trees are called Beauty Leafs. They do not drop leafs and do not get as large as the trees we have throughout the community.  Maximum installed them in areas that lost trees in prior storms or in places where we had diseased or damaged trees. You can see pictures of them at the bottom of the page.

  • The Landscape Committee decided they would no longer automatically give 6 plants to residents who request them.
  • In 2016, plant work orders cost us $25,869 of which only $1,500 went toward replacing dead and diseased plants. Please note: dead and diseased plants will still be replaced.
  • Be advised that residents can purchase plants, mulch, stones, and edging from Maximum Landscaping. They must fill out a work order on our website or in person at the clubhouse front desk. Eric will contact them and give them suggestions, ideas, and a price.  All work will be scheduled after contract work is completed. Please read the rules below.
  • All new plants must be approved by Maximum Services; they must be compatible with the south Florida environment.

Mahogany Trees 
Mahogany Trees are native to south Florida and are in the category of “protected trees“, which makes it next to impossible to replace them. They cannot be removed simply because a resident doesn’t like them. They can only be removed when specific conditions exist as documented in Palm Beach County code.

Landscaping Committee
The Landscaping Committee is made up of HP residents, a Vice President from the HPA BOD, and the Landscape Coordinator, who reports to the HPA Board of Directors.

Landscaping Rules

We want to operate fairly, consistently, and within the guidelines, so we have a set of rules which HPA residents should know. Maximum Services is responsible for maintaining all villa and first floor condo yards. If a unit owner wants to assume responsibility for maintaining their yard, they must obtain written permission from Maximum Services, who represents the HPA. After receiving permission to maintain their yards, unit owners must comply with all rules and guidelines issued by Maximum Services or else permission to maintain their yard will be revoked.

  • Residents must obtain permission from Maximum Services (Eric) before they can replace plants. Eric will ensure the plants are placed in the correct spot, they are south Florida friendly, and they will thrive with limited watering.
  • Per our documents, no Fruit Trees or Florida Holly (Brazilian Pepper) are allowed because fruit which falls from the trees attracts rats. All fruit trees should be removed by the unit owner or else Maximum will remove them.
  • All trees are the responsibility of Maximum Services.
  • Remember, you do not own the area outside your home. Be advised, residents need written permission from the HPA to maintain their yard. If permission was granted, but the area outside of your unit has overgrown and unsightly plants, the HPA can and will take over maintenance. In this scenario, the resident will no longer have the right to maintain their yard.

Red Reflectors
The residents who utilize this technique should understand the following guidelines. If a resident has a red reflector in front of their unit, Maximum Services will not trim their plants. That means it is the resident’s responsibility to maintain the area. If the resident changes their mind and wants Maximum to trim their area, they cannot simply remove the reflector and expect Maximum to show up within 24 hours. Why? Because your unit is on a list instructing the crews to bypass your yard.

Therefore, if the owner wants Maximum Services to resume maintenance of their yard, the resident must give Maximum one month’s written notice.

Landscaping Prices
The following landscaping prices are for HP residents only and there is no labor charge. If a resident wants landscaping services from Maximum, they must complete a Work Order on our website or at the front desk.  You can also sign up by speaking with a Landscaping Supervisor, but we still want you to complete a Work Order.

DescribePrice
3 Gallon Plants$7 to $12 depending on species
Rocks$10.00 per bag, $325.00 per yard for normal rock used
Expensive/Exotic RocksThis price will be negotiated.
Black Border$50 per stick
Underlay for Rocks$85 Per Roll
Mulch$3.75 per bag red, $5.00 per bag dark brown
Annual Flowers$3 Per Flower
Top Soil$4 Per Bag
Potting Soil$10 Per Bag
Small TreesDepends upon species and size
Palm TreesDepends upon species and size