Landscaping Tips for COA Properties

COA or Condominium Owners’ Association properties are one of the fastest-growing groups of property types in California.  Because COAs offer protection for residents, ensuring that properties are well-maintained and that amenities are easily accessible, they have become the norm in some areas over private home ownership.  More and more people are turning to COAs to create the beautiful neighborhoods that they want.

Any group operating a COA must consider the aesthetic appeal, functionality, and value of the community. Residents expect a certain level of quality for their fees, and it is up to the COA to provide it.  One way to do this is through careful landscape planning and maintenance.  Whether the property is a sprawling residential complex or a smaller community, strategic landscaping can enhance the overall ambiance and create a sense of pride among residents. Here are some tips for COA groups to consider.

  • Understand the COA Guidelines. Before starting any landscaping project, familiarize yourself with the COA guidelines and regulations regarding landscaping. These guidelines often dictate the types of plants, permissible structures, and maintenance standards within the community.
  • Design for Unity. Aim for a cohesive landscape design that complements the architectural style of the buildings and fosters a sense of unity within the community. Consistent themes, color schemes, and plant selections can tie the entire property together.
  • Choose Low-Maintenance Plants. Opt for native or drought-tolerant plants that require minimal upkeep once established. These plants are well-suited to the local climate and soil conditions, reducing the need for irrigation, fertilization, and pest control.
  • Prioritize Functionality. Consider the practical aspects of landscaping, such as creating pathways, defining outdoor living spaces, and providing adequate shading. Functional elements like benches, lighting fixtures, and signage should blend seamlessly with the overall landscape design.
  • Enhance Privacy. Strategically place hedges, trees, and shrubs to provide privacy for residents while maintaining open sightlines and airflow. Tall evergreen trees or dense foliage can act as natural barriers, buffering noise and screening undesirable views.
  • Implement Sustainable Practices. Incorporate eco-friendly landscaping practices to conserve water, reduce chemical usage, and promote biodiversity. Install rainwater harvesting systems, use organic fertilizers, and incorporate native plants to support local wildlife and reduce environmental impact.
  • Maintain Open Spaces. Preserve and enhance open green spaces within the community for recreational activities, social gatherings, and aesthetic appeal. Regularly mow lawns, trim edges, and remove debris to keep these areas inviting and accessible to residents.
  • Manage Water Features. If your COA property includes water features such as ponds or fountains, ensure proper maintenance to prevent stagnation, algae growth, and mosquito breeding. Consider using water-efficient pumps and filtration systems to conserve water and maintain water quality.
  • Address Drainage Issues. Proper drainage is critical to prevent flooding, erosion, and water damage on COA properties. Implement drainage solutions such as swales, French drains, and permeable paving to redirect stormwater away from buildings and common areas.
  • Engage Residents. Encourage community involvement in landscaping projects through volunteer efforts, gardening clubs, or educational workshops. Engaged residents are more likely to take pride in their surroundings and contribute to the upkeep of shared green spaces.

By following these landscaping tips, COA properties can create inviting outdoor environments that enhance the quality of life for residents and contribute to the long-term sustainability of the community. With careful planning, thoughtful design, and regular maintenance, landscaping can be a valuable asset that enriches the living experience for everyone involved.

At Juniper Landscape Company, we work with our COA and other commercial clients to ensure that landscaping is properly designed and maintained, with a focus on environmentally friendly practices.  Give us a call today to learn more!