WELLINGTON OF FLOWER
ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE
Bulletin #17 –Xeriscaping
December 2, 2013
STATE OF TEXAS §
COUNTY OF DENTON §
The property encumbered by this Xeriscaping Bulletin is that property restricted by the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Wellington of Flower Mound Residential Association, Inc., recorded under Clerk’s File Number 006513, Deed Records, Denton County, Texas (hereinafter the “Declaration”), as same has been or may be amended from time to time, and any other subdivisions which have been or may be subsequently annexed thereto and made subject to the authority of the Wellington of Flower Mound Residential Association, Inc. (the “Association”).
Pursuant to Article 10.02 of the Declaration, the Architectural Control Committee (hereinafter the “Committee” or “ACC”) may, from time to time, publish and promulgate Architectural Standards Bulletins covering all or a portion of the property subject to the Declaration. These bulletins may contain standards, requirements or limitations in addition to
those expressly set forth or referred to in the Declaration.
Pursuant to the authority granted in Section 202.007(d) of the Texas Property Code, the ACC, together with the joinder of the Board of Directors (the “Board”), hereby adopts this Xeriscaping Policy, which shall run with the land and be binding on all owners and lots within the subdivision. This Bulletin replaces any previously recorded or implemented policy that addresses the subjects contained herein.
This bulletin is applicable to all Wellington lots.
A request via application must be submitted to the ACC for review on a case by case basis before beginning any work. Approval or disapproval will be given in accordance with the Declaration. Nothing contained herein waives any right or remedy otherwise available to the ACC under the Declaration. This Bulletin does not apply to property that is owned or maintained by the Association.
Application to Include:
1. A per-scale site plan showing the proposed location of the improvements and distance from any streets, neighboring properties/property lines, sidewalks and common areas.
2. Drawings or photos of the existing landscaping including any structural elements already on site (retaining walls, drainage swale, etc.). Note any trees, shrubs, beds or hardscape material that will be removed.
3. Detailed drawings or renderings of the proposed Xeriscaping plan. Include size and placement of any new plant or hardscape material to be used. Include details on changes to structural elements (borders, retaining walls, etc.), drainage, and mulching or ground cover substrate (where applicable include type, dimensions, color, and/or placement).
Definition of Xeriscaping
For the purposes of this bulletin, "Xeriscaping" shall collectively mean and refer to drought-resistant landscaping and water conserving natural turf. As set forth above, written approval from the ACC is required prior to the installation and/or placement of any Xeriscaping. Further, any approval of plans and specifications hereunder shall not be construed as any representation that the approved Xeriscaping is appropriate for the soil type or area, and the Association, including but not limited to the Board and ACC, hereby disclaims any responsibility for the survival of any Xeriscaping placed on a lot.
Turf Grass / Sod
The sidewalk strip (the area between the sidewalk and street curb) must be grass/sod/turf. Complete and full removal of grass/sod/turf is not permitted; the property owner must maintain at least 50% of turf grass in any street-adjacent non-fenced yard (front and side yards). Use of a turf grass such as Bermuda or Zoysia that has minimal water requirements is permitted. Choose turf that will survive in the soil type and sun/shade conditions of the lot. Note - all grasses require watering to establish and remain healthy; the goal is to minimize the total amount of water needed each year. Use of artificial turf is only permitted inside/behind the lot’s fencing and may not be visible from any public street.
Ground Cover / Mulch
Non-turf areas may contain a substrate of crushed or decomposed granite, ground or chipped mulch, crushed limestone, 1”-2” gravel, river rock, paver stones, and flagstone. Colors should be in earth tones (beige, tan, brown, etc.). Examples (but not limited to) of materials not permitted are colored glass mulch, nutshells and husks, rubber mulch, and red or black lava rocks. Large areas may not be composed of a single material, i.e. bare mulch is not allowed unless interspersed with plants. The landscape plan must prevent soil erosion and issues with mulch washing away.
Structural Elements : Retaining Walls, Borders, Hardscapes
Retaining walls must be constructed of Millsap sandstone. Borders must be harmonious with the neighborhood. Examples (but not limited to) of border materials permitted are metal edging in colors of black, brown or dark green, stone, concrete edger and brick which matches the brick on the house. Examples (but not limited to) of border materials not permitted are white plastic, decorative borders which extend more than four (4) inches above ground, cinder blocks, railroad ties, and landscape timbers. Hardscapes may include natural colored rocks and boulders.
Plants / Trees
Many tall and excessively bushy plants require regular pruning to keep them healthy. For public safety, plants and
branches with thorns, spines, or sharp edges must be located at least two (2) feet from the public sidewalk. Some plants like Oleander and the Castor Bean plant are toxic to animals and humans and should be avoided. No plants should be positioned where they would obstruct the sight line of pedestrians or motorists. Stumps must be pulled and backfilled with soil or ground down to below sod level.
Xeriscaped areas are subject to the same maintenance requirements as other landscaping and must be maintained at all times to ensure an attractive appearance. Plants must be pruned as needed, beds must be kept weed-free, and borders must be edged. No plants may encroach on public sidewalks. Sickly and dying plants must be removed and replaced. Perennials that die back during winter must be cut back to remove dead material. This includes most ornamental grasses and other flowering perennials that go dormant to the ground in winter.
Promulgated by the ACC on December 2, 2013