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WOODLAKE FOREST IV HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION
LANDSCAPING GUIDELINES FOR RESIDENTS

  Revised August 7, 2017

 

These Guidelines are promulgated in conformance with Article IV of the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions of Woodlake Forest IV.  (www.woodlakeforestiv.org     Landscaping)

COMMON PROPERTIES

For the purposes of landscaping, in addition to the definition in the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions Woodlake Forest IV (“DCRs”) at Art. I Sec (f), Common Properties are defined as any area or acreage in the subdivision beginning at the defined front property line of each house to the street, with the exception of the driveways and sidewalks, which are appurtenant to the home and are the responsibility of the homeowner.  
Common Properties also include the alleys in the rear of homes, except for the driveway apron
appurtenant to the garage.

Common Properties also include designated side-yards between homes and the grounds from the rear of home back decks along Doliver and Longmont, which back up to Buffalo Bayou. Typically, freestanding patio homes contain a private three-foot strip along the side of the house.

The limit of the private home ownership for the houses along Bayou Brook, which back up to, the drainage ravine, is the south side of the deck attached to the house.  All remaining property, including easement property over which the deck may have been built, along the ravine is Common Property or City of Houston Easement property.  Because of the inaccessible nature of the property, Woodlake Forest IV Homeowners’ Association (WF IV HOA) does not maintain any Common Property or City of Houston Easement property behind the houses on Bayou Brook except to remove dangerous, dead trees or limbs in the Common Property.

COMMON AREA RESTRICTIONS

The WF IV HOA respects the rights of all residents in protecting and caring for the Common Properties; the properties are for all residents to use and enjoy.  The WF IV HOA cannot allow any residents to plant shrubs or flowers, hang baskets, place flower pots, statues or any other objects in the Common Properties.  Anything placed in the Common Properties by an individual resident will be removed at the resident’s expense.  The WF IV HOA trustee will send a notification to the resident asking that the object(s) be removed and if it is not removed within 30 days from the notice date, the landscaping company will remove it at the resident’s expense.

LANDSCAPE PLAN DEVELOPMENT

The WF IV HOA does not prepare plans for the landscaping of a resident’s property.  If he wishes, a resident, at his own expense may develop his own plan for landscaping his own property.  The plan must then be submitted to the WF IV HOA Board for approval. No private landscaping can be done on the Common Properties at the front, side or rear of a home without the written approval of the Board.  All new replacement plants must follow the design of the area in question and the overall design direction of Woodlake Forest IV.  (Please see “Shrubs, Plants, etc “ article for maintenance).


TREES

All trees in “Common Properties”, as determined by the Board and as defined in Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, Art. I are protected and are under the control, care and maintenance of the Association, as administered by its Board of Trustees (Art. XI)

No resident is allowed to trim, prune, remove or otherwise cut down or destroy any tree on Common Properties.   WF IV does a pruning review approximately annually in the Common Properties.  WF IV does not fertilize or deep root feed trees.  Any deep root feeding of trees in the subdivision in the Common Properties must be at the resident’s expense with the written permission of the Landscape Committee.    In the event of storm damage to trees, etc., they will be attended to as soon as possible after the storm.

Any request to remove a tree on Common Properties for any reason must be approved by the Board.  A tree removal request from a resident must be accompanied by written documentation by a licensed contractor acceptable to the Board. The written request must state the reasons for removal and facts to substantiate the reasons; these reasons could be related to foundations, roots, and deterioration or other problems with the tree.  Depending on the reasons stated, the contractor employed by the resident to make the written request must be an expert in foundations, roots, deterioration or other pertinent problems related to the tree.  The Board will make the final decision regarding tree removal with the help of the subdivision landscaping contractor, an arborist or any other company the Board wishes to employ to review the request.

ROOT BARRIERS

If a resident believes that the roots or branches of a tree on Common Property are having a detrimental effect on their house or property, the resident may petition the Board in writing as stated herein to take corrective action to alleviate the problem.

Residents may, at their own expense and liability, install “root barriers” next to their foundation, if they believe the roots of a tree on Common Property are having, or may have in the future, a detrimental effect on their foundation.  Such root barriers must be designed and installed by an independent professional contractor skilled in this process.  Complete drawings showing the configuration, placement and details of a proposed root barrier and description of concurrent care and maintenance of the tree to protect its health must be submitted to the Board for its written approval prior to any work commencing.  

SHRUBS, PLANTS, TREES, PERRENIALS, GROUND COVERS:    REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT

WF IV HOA will replace a shrub that was planted by the Association:  This does not apply to shrubs planted by the Homeowners and/or their contractors. The following guidelines apply:

1. Plant is dead or dying.

 

2. Replacement will be the same plant species.  This is to be no more than a 5 gallon
shrub and not to exceed a cost of $ 40.00 per shrub.

 

3. If the homeowner does not want the same plant replacement   and or would like a larger
size they pay the difference.

 

4. Shrubs that are damaged by lack of water:
The Association will not replace any shrub that has been lost due to lack of water and or
construction damage because of the homeowner’s or his agent’s negligence or active interference with the HOA’s maintenance.  The individual homeowner is responsible for replacing the damaged shrubs.

    
LAWN SPRINKLER IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

WF IV will have its landscape contractor service and maintain all heads, controllers and piping of systems in front of houses and systems in Common Properties.   Where fences prevent the contractor from getting to the valves for irrigating Common Properties it is the responsibility of the resident to turn on the system. 

 

If residents have added private irrigation systems, it is the responsibility of the resident to turn on their system and to maintain and to pay for servicing their private system.  Owners of private systems must see to it that their controllers are set and adjusted to water often enough during summer months to prevent plants from dying.  


All residents must be responsible for monitoring the sprinkler system at their houses.