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Crown Harbor Homeowner Association

Landscaping Committee Completed Projects

The committee had several projects that were completed in 2015-2016.


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Dead Tree Removal

COMPLETED

The GSA trees come down and that was followed by a tree up on the Central end of the pathway topple over. Crown Harbor had to have emergency service to get it removed. Kris Hansen and Dave Eck did a walk around and confirmed that 4 of the 6 pines along Kings had to be removed. They were heavily infested with a bark beetle. The very large pine on the corner of the path and Central was also removed, because a strong wind could have blown it over on to the neighboring home. They also did an 11th hour removal of the leaning tower of Acacia on Queens, since several residents indicated that the leaning tree and branches were hitting their vehicles.

 
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Kings Kleanup

COMPLETED

A group of volunteers met on a Saturday to beautify the area. They picked up clippings, fallen branches, raked up leaves, and picked up trash.

 
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1303 Crown

COMPLETED

Cagwin & Dorward removed the grass to help reduce the Association's water usage. The grass was in poor shape as the shade from the trees blocked its sunlight. They covered the area with painted bark chips. The committee would have preferred natural bark chips, but agree that the area is vastly improved.

 
 

Median Strip at the Front Gate

The project consisted of 7 steps. The total cost for this project was $14,923.70. That is $196.36 per Owner.

COMPLETED

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  1. Remove Dead Trees

    Cagwin & Dorward removed the trees and ground out the stumps.

    • Cut down the existing 6 trees.

    • Grind out the stumps.

    This $2,400 bid was approved.

  2. Prepare Area

    Cagwin & Dorward topped off the area with bark chips and boulders. Painted bark was initially used but was replaced with natural bark chips. For future projects, we will specify the type of bark chips used for "Mulch Madness."

    • Remove turf and 6 inches of dirt below it and dispose of the removed material at the city dump.

    • Cap existing sprinkler heads.

    • Furnish and incorporate 8 cubic yards of soil amendments to improve soil conditions.

    • Test the soil for water absorbency.

    • Furnish and install 10½ cubic yards of Natural-Walk-on Ground Cover Bark Mulch as a top dressing.

    • Furnish and install 5 Landscape Boulders, totaling approximately 1,500 pounds.

    The $9,716 bid was approved.

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  1. Mark the Spots

    Cagwin & Dorward originally submitted a $3,348 bid. That original proposal had too many plants.

    • The committee waited for the ground to settle which gave the committee more time to select the quantity and type of plants.

    • The committee chose plants from the Crown Harbor Plant Palette to create this configuration.

    • The locations of the plants were marked with stakes.

  2. Purchase the Plants

    The Committee bought the plants from Encinal Nursery. Committee member, Dave Eck, delivered them to the site.

    • 3 five-gallon Coleonema 'Sunset Gold' plants
      • Coleonema 'Sunset Gold' can expand to a 5 foot radius.
      • The plants are positioned so as not to obstruct the view for drivers entering and exiting the complex.
      • The gold color will complement the other pink and red plants.
    • 3 five-gallon Loropetalum Chinensis plants
      • Loropetalum Chinensis can expand to a 3 foot radius and will be periodically trimmed to keep it from getting too high.
      • The plants are positioned so as not to obstruct the view for drivers entering and exiting the complex.
      • The pink color will complement the other gold and red plants.
    • 3 five-gallon Callistemon 'Little John' plants
      • Callistemon 'Little John' can expand to a 1.5 foot radius.
      • The plants are positioned so as not to obstruct the view for drivers entering and exiting the complex.
      • The red color will complement the other gold and pink plants.

    The receipts for both plants and trees totaled $655.70.

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  1. Plant the Plants

    Cagwin & Dorward put in a drip system and planted the plants.

    • Supply date when installation will occur.

    • Furnish and install 1 pressure regulator and filter installed in a Jumbo Valve Box.

    • Furnish and install a main drip line. Tubing to be staked down every 2-feet.

    • Furnish and install slow release fertilizer packets and soil amendments in planting pits backfill mix.

    • For each plant, tap into the main drip line with drip irrigation tubing.

    • Plant the plants:

      • 3 five-gallon Coleonema 'Sunset Gold' plants in the locations marked by the stakes.
      • 3 five-gallon Loropetalum Chinensis plants in the locations marked by the stakes.
      • 3 five-gallon Callistemon 'Little John' plants in the locations marked by the stakes.

    The $2,152 bid was approved.

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  1. Purchase the Trees

    The Committee bought the trees from Encinal Nursery.

    • 3 fifteen-gallon Chinese Pistache trees
      • These are on the drought tolerance list.
      • 3 trees instead of 5 reduces long-term water needs.
      • Placing the trees in the middle gives the roots the most room to spread out.
      • The red color should "make a statement" to passers-by.

    Encinal delivered the trees to Crown Harbor the day before they were to be installed. The cost of the trees is already included in the $655.70 receipts for plants and trees.

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  1. Plant the Trees

    Cagwin & Dorward will put in a drip system and plant the trees.

    • Plant the 3 fifteen-gallon Chinese Pistache trees in the locations marked by the stakes.

    This work is already included in the $2,152 bid.

 
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582 Kings

COMPLETED

There is a large pink flowering bush along the side of the 582 Kings garage that is struggling. Perhaps pruning it back would give it new life? Is this possible or should we take it out and plant a new tree there. The owner would be happy to pay for a replacement.

  • Dave and Javier looked at the rhododendron and agreed it was not worth saving. It is old and dying.
  • The owner sawed it down (most branches are 1 inch to 2 inches in width) next Thursday and asked Javier's men to take it away.
  • The owner was especially careful in lifting the branches out of the area since the next door neighbors were so kind to put new mulch in the area.
 
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1315 Crown

COMPLETED

There is a very large broken tree branch, partially attached, resting on the roof of 1315 Crown. A work order not to exceed $990 has been approved to get this removed before it damages the new roof.

 
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Pine tree branch rubbing roof at 1309 Crown

COMPLETED

A limb on the pine tree adjacent to 1309 Crown is rubbing the roof and damaging the shingles. The limb was removed.

 
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Pathway across from 1315 Crown

COMPLETED

The large tree along the patch across from 1315 Crown is dead. It has been removed.

 
 

Water Runoff across from 1379 Crown

COMPLETED

From Dave Eck:
When I came home last night at around 11:30 PM, there was a lot of water running down the street across from Diane inside the gate. She likely told you. I stopped and looked and it appears not to be over spray. Francisco had tuned that up. It looked like run off from the landscaping. I think when we water, we are getting very little soaking into that soil, ivy and other root bound areas. Just a heads up.
Dave

 
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Lower Large Bush at 1335 Crown

COMPLETED

From Ellen Marshall:
I would like to have the bushes in front of my bay side patio trimmed down to the level of the railing or slightly below (to accommodate future growth). They could match the neighbor's.
Ellen Marshall

 
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Repair Wisteria Bush at 1365 Crown

COMPLETED

From Barbara Gosse:
The Wisteria Bush/Tree next to our mail box is toppled over. It was "propped up" and now looks like the supports have broken and a "main artery" has splintered. It is green and alive, and I hope it can be saved.

 
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Clear the Path near 1363 / 1367 Crown

DENIED

A resident requested that the path be cleared, so he can use it as a shortcut when he walks his dog.

Opinions on this were split. One resident was in favor. Other residents felt that encouraging anyone (residents and non-residents) straying from the path was undesirable. In the interest of safety and privacy, the committee left the vegetation as is and denied the request.

Though the landscapers were not instructed to, they trimmed the path as part of their normal maintenance. Bill and Kris are going to mention to Javier Murillo to let it grow from here on out.

 
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Leaning Tree between 544 / 538 Kings

COMPLETED

I'm interested in having the area between 544 and 538 upgraded. I know that my neighbors at 538 are concerned about the tree leaning in their direction. The bushes are very unsightly, and there are lots of exposed roots posing a tripping hazard.

From Bill and Kris Moore:
Please put the large tree on a watch list including the roots.

Justin Van Horne noted that the tree is very healthy, and is not in any danger of falling. It has that leaning shape to move away from the building and find its way to the light.

 
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Keep a Watch on Trees along pathway near 1303 Crown

COMPLETED

From Denise Gasti:
I want to make sure there is a record with the HOA about the large trees on the bay side of 1303. I have been assured that the arborist has looked at the trees more than once and reports that they are fine and stable. They have grown very large since I moved into Crown Harbor in December 2004, and their size concerns us with the lack of ground they have to sustain their size and the years of drought. They lean, and their limbs extend over the house. We love the trees and shade they provide, but the concern to us is real, especially in the windy weather we experience in the location. I would ask that you have the arborist add this to his visits to Crown Harbor and record whatever he observes so that we can have an active tracking of how the trees are changing. As they grow, so does our concern.

A healthy canopy is a sign of a healthy root system. The trees are in no danger of falling. They have adapted to their surroundings and the sea breeze. They will be trimmed as part of a future trimming effort (not this go round).

 
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Paint the Lattice at Kings / Queens

COMPLETED

As part of the landscaping committee's efforts to maintain and beautify our common area, two committee members, Bill and Kris Moore, volunteered to paint the lattice that hides the CERT equipment at the corner of Kings and Queens.

 
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Remove Cedar Tree at 541 Kings

KEEP

From Bill and Kris Moore:
Please have what is left of the cedar tree on our turf side of the unit removed for good.

Justin Van Horne noted that the tree is healthy. Allowing it to remain does not cost the association anything extra in terms of water, maintenance, nor fertilizer. It is normally not policy to remove healthy trees owned by associations. He recommended leaving it in place. The status of the tree was recorded as KEEP, and the project list was emailed to the community.

From Bill and Kris Moore:
This cedar is blocking our view. We appreciate that consideration will be given to this request "when a view issue is at stake." This cedar is dense and you cannot see through it. It completely blocks our little view on the upstairs deck. It blocks our dining room view by about 75%. It was trimmed last year......so we lived with it for the past year and have found that it continues to impact our view.

When the view issue came into play, removal was reconsidered. Justin Van Horne included removal in his proposal, and the $165 proposal was accepted by the committee. The status of the tree was updated to REMOVE, but the project list was not re-emailed to the community.

As part of giving the arborist approval to proceed and the board approval process for funding, there was subsequent pushback from 539 Kings as a privacy issue. Since the updated project list had not been recirculated to the community (which is a violation of the landscaping committee process), the decision was reverted back to the arborist's original recommendation of KEEP. The tree is no longer on the list for removal. The issue of removal or trimming can be revisited in the spring, giving the community an opportunity to comment before action is taken.

 
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Trim Cherry Trees near 1365 Crown

COMPLETED

From Barbara Gosse:
Generally the area here between homes is nice and green. I've been here 21 years, and my neighbors and I have put in 3 cherry trees and various plants and bushes over the years. I mention the trees because they have never been pruned and now, especially the oldest one, closest to the steps, needs pruning badly. We've tried to give the area extra care, i.e., water and food, but now that Jack Owens place, #1367, is rented and the Chambers at #1369 are seldom here, I fear it will deteriorate further.

Justin Van Horne will do a canopy reduction via pruning. He will do so for the 3 cherry trees and the adjacent maple. The $245 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Trim Pear Tree near 1351 Crown

COMPLETED

From Sean McDermott:
Could the committee have a look at the trees above my garage and next to my front door? The one above the garage is leaning on/over the roof — probably a good idea to trim that one. The one next to the door is becoming a nice hide out for Raccoons — would really like to see that one trimmed.

Justin Van Horne notes that the 2 trees next to the front door have the shape they do so as not to obscure the upstairs view. At any given time, at most, one-third of a tree's volume can be removed without damaging the tree's ability to survive. For the tree near the garage, removing the branch that could damage the roof will be done; however, about one-third of the tree will be removed in doing so. The $165 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Trim Tristania Trees behind 1308 Crown

COMPLETED

Don Gibson requested that his trees be trimmed to avoid having so much falling debris on his patio area. The trees could be trunked so that the lowest branches are even with the middle of his upstairs bedroom window.

At any given time, at most, one-third of a tree's volume can be removed without damaging the tree's ability to survive. Removing as much as suggested would have been harmful to the tree. Instead, the tree will be strategically pruned to reduce the volume of material that drops on to the patio. The $500 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Trim Pear Trees near 538 Kings

COMPLETED

From Bill and Kris Moore:
Tsunetoshi and Sun Akimoto. Crown prune two trees on the turf side of unit. Especially the right side in front of patio to open up view.

Justin Van Horne will thin out the trees to improve the sight lines from the upper and lower rooms of the unit. The $155 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Trim Cherry Tree near 541 / 545 Kings

COMPLETED

From Bill and Kris Moore:
541 Kings Rd (Moore) and 545 Kings Rd(Randy Gaines). Please crown prune the ornamental cherry tree between these two units.

Justin Van Horne will give the tree a pruning to improve its health. The $195 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Haul Away Fallen Liquidambar Branches in Queens Greenbelt

COMPLETED

Due to some strong winds, two large branches are on the ground in the Queens greenbelt area. These need to be hauled away.

Justin Van Horne will remove the fallen branches when his crew comes on site to do the trimming. Though it is expensive, he will give those trees a crown reduction to mitigate the chances of other branches falling. The falling branches are not harmful to the tree, but if they land on someone, that is a different matter. The branches are falling due to the drought conditions. The leaves retain their water, rather than release it into the air, and the extra weight coupled with high winds leads to the breaking branches. This phenomenon is referred to as summer limb dropping. The $165 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Prune Camphor tree behind 539 Queens and Tree between 533 / 539 Queens

COMPLETED

Justin Van Horne will prune the Camphor tree behind the unit on the green belt. At his suggestion, he will also prune the deadwood tree between the units. The $195 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Prune Acacia Tree across from 576 Queens

COMPLETED

Justin Van Horne will prune this tree to provide vehicle clearance. The $255 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Remove Decrepit Alder Tree at Entrance

COMPLETED

The alder up front near the flag pole hardly has any remaining branches. It is ugly and makes a poor statement as visitors enter Crown Harbor. Justin Van Horne noted that the tree will never get any better. He will remove it. The $660 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Prune Tree along seaside path across from 1389 Crown

COMPLETED

From Rick Wilson:
There is a tree right inside the path gate on the right that looks half dead. One of those trees that has the large orange flowers.

The tree in the corner of the association is dying. Justin Van Horne said that the tree gets trimmed, it tries to come back, it does for a while, and then dies again. On the walk through, he recommended removing it; however, the proposal indicated pruning. The $165 proposal has been accepted by the committee.

 
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Sever One Root pushing up sidewalk near 1305 Crown

COMPLETED

The sidewalk near the entrance to 1305 Crown is raising. This is causing flooding at the doorstep when it rains. Though the adjacent pine tree has roots all over, there is only one in particular that is causing the walkway to raise. If that one root was cut with a chainsaw, the tree would survive but the lifting of the pavement would stop and not get worse.

Rather than remove a section of root, Justin Van Horne said it is safe to simply trench adjacent to the sidewalk, sever the root, and leave everything in place. That should stop new growth leading to additional raising of the sidewalk.

 
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Grind out stump at 1305 Crown

COMPLETED

1305 Crown: There is a stump to be removed. It is next to a water meter. There are internet and sprinkler lines nearby.

This is included in East Bay Stump Removal's $500 proposal that was approved.

 
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Grind out stump across the street from 580 Kings

COMPLETED

There is a stump that needs to be removed.

This is included in East Bay Stump Removal's $500 proposal that was approved.

 
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Grind out stump across the street from 592 Kings

COMPLETED

There is a stump that needs to be removed.

This is included in East Bay Stump Removal's $500 proposal that was approved.

 
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Grind out stump at Kings/Queens corner

COMPLETED

From Dave Eck:
There is a stump in that corner area that Matt can remove.

This is included in East Bay Stump Removal's $500 proposal that was approved.

 
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Grind out stump at Entrance

COMPLETED

Justin Van Horne removed the tree that was not getting any better.

This is included in East Bay Stump Removal's $500 proposal that was approved.

 
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Remove mulch pile across from 1379 Crown

COMPLETED

From Diane Mosier:
Can we get rid of that pile of mulch from the downed trees?

 
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Remove Broken Branch at 1311 Crown

COMPLETED

From Dave Eck to Justin Van Horne:
I was at my desk watching the Warriors, when a fairly large branch outside my upstairs window broke off in the wind. It did not fall all the way down and is just dangling to the ground. It will need removal.

From Justin Van Horne:
David: Will you take a picture and send it to me? I can work on redirecting a crew to take care of it today.
Scott: Do I have approval from you to not exceed $1320 in making it safe? I will charge an hourly rate portal to portal. Let me know if you have questions.

Scott replied with a picture and approval.

 
 

Remove Dead Lilac behind 1311 Crown

COMPLETED

From Dave Eck to Javier Murillo:
We had a large California Lilac that had died along the pathway between my house and my neighbors. I offered to call you and tell you,, but when Juan saw it, he just went ahead and removed it. They were doing that zone. It likely died because of the slope running into the drain was keeping the water from going into the soil. I had dug a watering ring around, but was likely too late. I appreciate Juan jumping in and just doing it. So thanks. There are a couple of others along the pedestrian path that seem to be in trouble.

 
 

Continue Bush Maintenance

COMPLETED

The crew removed several dead bushes along the pathway. Cagwin & Dorward are going to give us a proposal for doing some other hard pruning on our bushes. We do at least one day per year. It gives them a nice look. Our Escalonia bushes continue to die.


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