Managers Only Meeting (MOM)

Managers Only Meeting (MOM)

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“Disaster Planning for your Community Association”

Learn more about disaster planning for your community at the
Managers Only Meeting (MOM) on Thursday, May 9, 2019
11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

About MOMs

Managers Only Meetings (MOMs) are offered 6 times a year. MOMs are held on Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and includes a light lunch.

These events are full of relevant, timely information to assist community association managers wanting to increase their skills and knowledge-base, which are essential to the successful management of associations. Various topics are covered by industry professionals who are members of WSCAI and specialize in a segment of the industry.

MOMs are free for Manager members and Sponsors of each specific MOM event. Non-member managers may pay $20 to attend.

Date & Time

Thursday, May 9
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(Includes a light lunch)

Location

City University, Renton
555 S Renton Village Pl,
Renton, WA 98057
3rd Floor, Room(s) 301-302

Pricing

Manager Members
& Meeting Sponsors:
FREE
Non-Member Managers:
$20

[ 5/9/2019 Meeting Topic ]

Disaster Planning for your Community Association

Every community association needs an emergency plan for Association leaders and residents to work together to prepare, respond, and recover from any type of disaster. We will be going over the components needed for a complete plan and how to get Board and Community buy-in and participation.

Presenters:

 Lisa McBee, CMCA

Lisa McBee, CMCA

Community Association Manager, Emerald Management & Consulting, LLC

 Lisa McBee, CMCA, AMS, is a Senior Community Association Manager at Emerald Management & Consulting LLP overseeing a portfolio of 10 associations comprised of HOA, COA and POAs. Through her extensive experience working with Community Associations in both Orange County, CA and the Pacific Northwest, Lisa has honed the skills necessary to truly be a leader in association management. Lisa is actively involved in CAI and currently serves on the Managers Only Meeting Committee and Expansion Committee. When not working Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and beloved dogs and enjoys travel and movies.

Sponsors:

ServPro Edmonds, Lynnwood, & Bellevue West
RW Anderson Services
Columbia Bank
CAU (Community Associations Underwriters)
CEDCORE
Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
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  • The Copeland Group, LLC
  • Condominium Law Group, PLLC - General Counsel & Collection Services - Partners Ken Harer & Valerie Oman - Phone: (206) 633-1520 Website: www.condolaw.net
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  • Barker Martin
  • HUB - HOA and Condo Solutions
  • Rafel Law Group
  • Pody & McDonald, PLLC

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Diamond Sponsors

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  • Superior Cleaning & Restoration - Diamond Sponsors
  • Barker Martin - Diamond Sponsor
  • ServPro of Seattle NW - Diamond Sponsor
  • HUB International - Diamond Sponsor
  • ServPro of Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Bellevue West - Diamond Sponsor
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  • Rafel Law Group Logo
  • Community Association Underwriters (CAU) - Diamond Sponsor
  • Charter Construction - Diamond Sponsor
  • RW Anderson Services - Diamond Sponsors

Chapter Magazine

Community Associations Journal - April 2019 Issue - Cover

Calendar

April 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
  • Communications Comm Mtg
4
  • M-100
  • Market Expansion Comm Conf Call
5
  • M-100
6
  • M-100
  • Board Leadership Development Workshop
7
8
9
  • Education Comm Mtg - WSCAI
10
  • Board / Comm Chair Meeting
11
  • CASE Study
12
  • CASE Study
13
14
15
16
  • Membership Committee Meeting- Conference Call
  • M4MD Comm Mtg
  • Law Day Comm Mtg - Panel Practice
17
  • Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Event
18
  • CEO Luncheon
19
20
21
22
23
  • Social Committee Mtg
24
25
  • Earth Day Project @ Rainier Vista East, Seattle
26
27
  • Law Day for Condo & HOA Board Members
28
29
30
  • Business Partners Comm Mtg
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Tri-Cities Educational Symposium

Tri-Cities Educational Symposium

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In Pasco, WA

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Education For Homeowners, Board Members & Community Leaders

WSCAI Educational Symposiums

The Educational Symposiums are specifically designed for WSCAI’s community associations that are outside the Seattle/Bellevue area. The Symposiums will provide nearly four (4) hours of education. Three topics will be presented. Each topic will be full of timely information to assist owners, board members and managers who reside in and/or work with all forms of community associations – condominiums, homeowners associations (HOA’s) and cooperatives. A mini tradeshow will showcase ten (10) table-top exhibitors including attorneys, reserve study professionals, bankers, management companies, insurance professionals and much more.

When & Where

Saturday, May 11
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
4525 Convention Pl
Pasco, WA 9930

WSCAI Member Pricing

$25 thru 4/19
$35 thru 5/3
$45 after 5/3
$55 at the door

Non-Member Pricing

$39 thru 4/19
$49 thru 5/3
$59 after 5/3
$69 at the door

Tri-Cities Educational Symposium Schedule

[8:00 a.m.]  Registration / Exhibits / Continental Breakfast
[8:30 – 9:45 a.m.]  Session 1
Fiscal Fitness: Tips for Building Your Associations Financial Muscles

Presented by:
Alicia Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, CWD Group, Inc., AAMC
Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS, Association Reserves WA, LLC
Jeremy Newman, CPA, Newman & Associates CPA, PC

Refresh your memory or learn the ins and outs of why it is important to keep good financial records. Strategies for budgeting will be discussed, as well as when reserve studies are required and how they are an important financial planning tool for your community. What happens when the Association comes up short? This session will give an overview of the financial operation of an Association including collections, audits, disclosure, vendor partners, etc.

[9:45 – 10:00 a.m.]  Exhibits / Networking Break
[10 – 11:15 a.m.]  Session 2
Avoiding Pitfalls: Dealing with Difficult People & Difficult Issues

Presented by:
Jennifer Mullin De Winter, Condominium Law Group
Steve Weidenbach, American Family Insurance

An overview of issues that can get a volunteer Board of Directors in trouble and how to avoid them, as well as tips for handling difficult people and situations. This presentation will assist board members in enforcing the governing documents of their community by applying reasonableness and following sound board policies to help avoid conflict.

Learn the different forms of dispute resolution and how to avoid costs from litigation or enforcement by governmental agencies. Learn what authority a Board has and its limits. Consistent enforcement of your association’s governing documents is key to a harmonious community and this session will help point your community in the right direction.

[11:15 – 11:45 a.m.]  Exhibits / Networking Break
[11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.]  Session 3
Seeing the Forest for the Trees: A 100,000-Foot View of Community Associations

Presented by:
Tim Feth, Esq., Rafel Law Group, PLLC
Marshall Johnson, PCAM, CWD Group, Inc., AAMC

This session will help you get acquainted with community associations. There are important differences between homeowners associations, condominium associations, and the lesser-known entities. Different laws govern different associations, and your community might be governed by one (or more!) of four completely different sets of laws. To make things even more complicated, your community is probably governed by documents that include a Declaration, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and more. The important actors in your community include owners, board members, managers, and vendors. That is a lot to navigate for board members and managers alike, and it can be overwhelming at times. The goal of this session is to demystify community associations by comparing the different structures and roles within the communities.

[1 p.m.]  Wrap-Up / Exhibitor Give-A-Ways
How To Get There:

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Lynnwood, WA 98036

Presenters:

Timothy Feth, Esq.

Timothy Feth, Esq.

Associate Attorney, Rafel Law Group, PLLC

Timothy Feth, Esq., is an associate attorney at Rafel Law Group PLLC, which focuses on advising and representing Homeowner and Condominium Owner Associations. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Central Washington University summa cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Washington with honors. During law school he worked on whistle-blower cases for the nonprofit Hanford Challenge, and mediated cases in King County’s small claims court. He currently serves on WSCAI’s Market Expansion Committee.

Alicia M. Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Alicia M. Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Community Association Manager, CWD Group, Inc. AAMC

Alicia M. Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Community Association Manager, CWD Group, Inc. AAMC has been working in the Community Association industry since 1999. In her role as Community Association Manager for CWD Group, Inc., she specializes in the management of her team, mentoring fellow Managers, budget development, administration, and management of hi-rise, mixed-use, retail, and master Condominium Associations in Seattle and Bellevue. Alicia has remained on the cutting-edge of industry needs by maintaining strategic partnerships with Business Partners, and positive working relationships with Boards of Directors, Homeowners and Residents. She has been a very active volunteer for WSCAI, currently serving as President WSCAI’s Board of Directors. Alicia was awarded the WSCAI Community Association Manager of the Year award in November of 2015.

Marshall Johnson, PCAM

Marshall Johnson, PCAM

CEO, CWD Group, Inc., AAMC

In 1984, Marshall Johnson accepted a job as a Facility Manager and embarked on a (thus far) 34 year career in the community association management industry. From those early heady days of pulling weeds, Marshall has assumed virtually every role the industry has to offer, including community management, maintenance, construction management, development and reserve consulting, and management operations. In the mid-90s Marshall formed CWD Group, a multidisciplinary management company providing financial, community, and construction management, maintenance and engineering services, and consulting services to nearly 200 communities. Marshall has consulted on over 100 new construction and conversion development projects, is a member of CAI’s National Faculty teaching nation-wide on a wide variety of topics, and is a recognized expert witness in the fields of high-rise management, budgeting, and cost allocation. Marshall is a journeyman framer, furniture maker, shipwright, and considers Excel to be the world’s greatest video game.

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS

Project Manager, Association Reserves of WA

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS, is a Project Manager at Association Reserves of WA. A former association manager, 2018 marks Karen’s 18th year in the community association industry where she now helps bridge the gap between associations and their reserve studies. Karen is President Elect for the WSCAI Chapter and serves as liaison to the Communications Committee and the Market Expansion Committee. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening and traveling.

Jeremy Newman, CPA

Jeremy Newman, CPA

Owner, Newman & Associates CPA, PC

Jeremy Newman, CPA, brings a decade of experience providing audit and tax return services to the homeowners and condominium owners association industry. Annually, Jeremy’s original firm completes nearly 1,500 association audits and reviews in the Southwest. In May 2018 he purchased the Cagianut & Company, CPA practice, to continue providing outstanding audit and tax services to Pacific Northwest associations. The PNW practice services almost 900 Associations annually. Prior to entering the Community Association industry in 2008, Jeremy held finance and accounting positions with companies in the real estate industry; and was an audit manager with Ernst & Young LLP’s real estate audit practice.

Jennifer Mullin De Winter

Jennifer Mullin De Winter

Legal Operations Administrator, Condominium Law Group PLLC

Jennifer Mullin De Winter is the Legal Operations Administrator and an attorney who provides general in-house counsel to Community Association clients. As the Legal Operations Administrator she works closely with Ken Harer and the other general counsel in-house attorneys to provide smooth workflow and ensure prompt service to our clients. She also provides legal advice on all aspects of community governance and risk management to Boards of Directors and Management. Jennifer graduated Seattle University School of Law.

Steve Weidenbach

Steve Weidenbach

American Family Insurance

Steve Weidenbach opened his agency with American Family Insurance in June of 2011 after a career as a high school teacher. After recognizing that American Family Insurance is a top condo insurer across the nation, he decided to get involved in WSCAI. Since joining in 2013, Steve has been an active member of the Chapter. Steve has been recognized as the “Agent of the Year” for four years in a row for offering exemplary sales & service.

Exhibitors:

Alliance Association Bank
AmFam – Steve Weidenbach Agency
Association Reserves WA
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Seacoast Commerce Bank
Pacific Premier Bank
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  • Pody & McDonald, PLLC
  • Barker Martin
  • HUB - HOA and Condo Solutions
  • Rafel Law Group
  • The Copeland Group, LLC
  • Condominium Law Group, PLLC - General Counsel & Collection Services - Partners Ken Harer & Valerie Oman - Phone: (206) 633-1520 Website: www.condolaw.net
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Chapter Magazine

Community Associations Journal - April 2019 Issue - Cover

Calendar

April 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
  • Communications Comm Mtg
4
  • M-100
  • Market Expansion Comm Conf Call
5
  • M-100
6
  • M-100
  • Board Leadership Development Workshop
7
8
9
  • Education Comm Mtg - WSCAI
10
  • Board / Comm Chair Meeting
11
  • CASE Study
12
  • CASE Study
13
14
15
16
  • Membership Committee Meeting- Conference Call
  • M4MD Comm Mtg
  • Law Day Comm Mtg - Panel Practice
17
  • Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Event
18
  • CEO Luncheon
19
20
21
22
23
  • Social Committee Mtg
24
25
  • Earth Day Project @ Rainier Vista East, Seattle
26
27
  • Law Day for Condo & HOA Board Members
28
29
30
  • Business Partners Comm Mtg
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Chapter Mixer

Chapter Mixer

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The Point Liquor & Eats in Burien, WA

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You’re Invited!

WSCAI’s May 2019 Social & Networking Event

Wednesday, May 22, from 6-8 p.m.

2019 May Chapter Mixer

WSCAI hosts several Chapter Mixers at a variety of locations throughout the year. These social events are a great opportunity for members to get to know one another as well as network within the community association industry.

When & Where

Wednesday, May 22
Appetizers and No Host Bar
6-8 p.m.

The Point Liquor & Eats
435 SW 152nd St,
Burien, WA 98166

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Pricing

Homeowners: $10

Community Association Managers:
$20 thru 5/10
$25 after 5/10

Business Partners:
$35 thru 5/10
$45 after 5/10

Non-Members: $60

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Additional Info

The Point Liquor & Eats is a sports bar with basic pub grub, TVs, plus a full list of craft beer & cocktails.

We will be in The Point’s Treehouse Room.

To learn more about
The Point,
visit thepointburien.com.

 

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  • ServPro of Seattle NW - Diamond Sponsor
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  • Superior Cleaning & Restoration - Diamond Sponsors
  • RW Anderson Services - Diamond Sponsors
  • HUB International - Diamond Sponsor
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Chapter Magazine

Community Associations Journal - April 2019 Issue - Cover

Calendar

April 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
  • Communications Comm Mtg
4
  • M-100
  • Market Expansion Comm Conf Call
5
  • M-100
6
  • M-100
  • Board Leadership Development Workshop
7
8
9
  • Education Comm Mtg - WSCAI
10
  • Board / Comm Chair Meeting
11
  • CASE Study
12
  • CASE Study
13
14
15
16
  • Membership Committee Meeting- Conference Call
  • M4MD Comm Mtg
  • Law Day Comm Mtg - Panel Practice
17
  • Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Event
18
  • CEO Luncheon
19
20
21
22
23
  • Social Committee Mtg
24
25
  • Earth Day Project @ Rainier Vista East, Seattle
26
27
  • Law Day for Condo & HOA Board Members
28
29
30
  • Business Partners Comm Mtg
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Board Leadership Development Workshop

Board Leadership Development Workshop

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In Bellevue, WA

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Education for Condo & HOA Boards

Saturday, June 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn How To Be An Even More
Effective Board of Directors

Education For Homeowner Leaders Just Got Better

Community association board members and volunteer leaders step up to take on positions of service and responsibility. They’re expected to anticipate issues, solve problems, meet the expectations of their residents and protect property values. The new CAI Board Leadership Development Workshop (BLD Workshop) can help you become a more successful board member as well as learn how to recruit and support new volunteers.

At the BLD Workshop, you’ll learn the role of the board, the president, and other leadership positions, and you’ll identify effective ways to work with professional managers and service providers. Additionally, the BLD Workshop will teach you how to communicate with association residents, hire qualified managers and service providers, develop enforceable rules, interpret governing documents and more.

The BLD Workshop provides a comprehensive look at the roles and responsibilities of community association leaders and conveys information to help create and maintain the kind of community people want to call home.

When & Where

Saturday, June 1
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sheraton Bellevue
100 112th Ave NE,
Bellevue, WA 98004

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Workshop Schedule

▸ 7:30 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast
▸ 8:00 a.m.
Workshop Begins
▸ Noon
Lunch Time
▸ 4:30 p.m.
Workshop Concludes

Pricing

WSCAI Member Pricing:
$95 thru 5/17
$105 thru 5/24
$115 after 5/24

Non-Member Pricing:
$129 thru 5/17
$149 thru 5/24
$169 after 5/24

5 BLD Workshop Modules

The BLD Workshop is divided into 5 learning modules:

  • Module 1: Governing Documents and Roles & Responsibilities
  • Module 2: Communications, Meetings and Volunteerism
  • Module 3: Fundamentals of Financial Management
  • Module 4: Professional Advisors and Service Providers
  • Module 5: Association Rules and Conflict Resolution

Course Materials

The BLD Workshop includes a toolbox of support material:

  • The Board Member Toolkit, a best-selling book from CAI Press
  • The Board Member Toolkit Workbook
  • Brochures and publications, such as The Homeowner & the Community
    Association
  • A copy of CAI’s award-winning Common Ground™ magazine

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If you don’t want to register online, download and print a registration form and mail to:

WSCAI
19101 36th Ave W, Ste 205
Lynnwood, WA 98036

In addition to a toolbox of support materials, each student receives a certificate of completion and recognition on the CAI website.

Presenter:

Paul D. Grucza, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Paul D. Grucza, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Director of Education & Client Engagement, CWD Group, Inc. AAMC®

Paul D. Grucza, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, has been an industry practitioner for close to 34 years holding numerous prestigious positions within CAI including Institute President, Inaugural Chair for the APCM Board, CEO-MC Retreat Chair, Education Committee Chair, Ethics Panel Member for both CAI and CAMICB, Chapter President, an accomplished author for CAI penning and editing three books for CAI, published by Nolo Publishers, CAI Press and IREM, TV Show host, an in demand speaker for chapters nationally and internationally and a skilled Strategist called to conduct strategic planning for both CA Chapters and other business ventures over the years. He additionally participates as an industry expert crafting questions for the national CMCA certification exam and is actively engaged with the Foundation for Community Association Research. As Director of Education and Client Engagement for CWD Group, Inc. AAMC® he brings his many years of skill, association involvement and enthusiasm to the Pacific Northwest.

Sponsors:

Bell-Anderson & Associates, LLC, AMO
Farmers – John Galluzzo Insurance Agency
Morris Management, Inc.
Trestle Community Management
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  • HUB - HOA and Condo Solutions

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Chapter Magazine

Community Associations Journal - April 2019 Issue - Cover

Calendar

April 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
  • Communications Comm Mtg
4
  • M-100
  • Market Expansion Comm Conf Call
5
  • M-100
6
  • M-100
  • Board Leadership Development Workshop
7
8
9
  • Education Comm Mtg - WSCAI
10
  • Board / Comm Chair Meeting
11
  • CASE Study
12
  • CASE Study
13
14
15
16
  • Membership Committee Meeting- Conference Call
  • M4MD Comm Mtg
  • Law Day Comm Mtg - Panel Practice
17
  • Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Event
18
  • CEO Luncheon
19
20
21
22
23
  • Social Committee Mtg
24
25
  • Earth Day Project @ Rainier Vista East, Seattle
26
27
  • Law Day for Condo & HOA Board Members
28
29
30
  • Business Partners Comm Mtg
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Commonly Ignored Best Practices of Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Commonly Ignored Best Practices of Commercial Landscape Maintenance

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How you care for your plants makes all the difference in the lifespan and overall look of them. Here are some best practice tips for landscape maintenance:

Pruning

Pruning ClippersThe difference between hard pruning versus using hedge shears is significant when not shearing the correct plants. The more you improperly prune your plants, the more often you will need to be outside pruning them. Keeping the significant pruning to hard pruning in the winter will make a difference in how time consuming your plants are throughout the rest of the year.

Trees

TreeClearing low-hanging branches and overgrown plant material will open up lines of sight into your property, decrease potential hazards and eliminate safety concerns of individuals hiding in your plants.

Mowing

Lawn MowerWith the weight of a commercial mower and mowing in the same direction each week, your turf is prone to having a matted look, unhealthy and unsightly grass. You can help fix that by alternating your mowing pattern each visit encouraging standing turf.

Fertilizer

FertilizerFertilizer can be a great resource for your turf and plants, but too much of it can harm your landscape. Commonly referred to as fertilizer burn, having too much can cause yellow, brown or dead sections. Additionally, the more you apply fertilizer, the more dependent your turf & plants become on that particular fertilizer to look and stay healthy. Leaving your grass clippings is a great way to naturally fertilize your lawn. Organic fertilizers are also a great way to have a more balanced and sustainable landscape.

Seasonal Planting

Flower - AnnualsAnnuals are a great way to add seasonal color to your landscape, whether they are around entrances, signage, walkways or plant beds giving a fresh and updated look to a potentially older property.

Landscape Debris

Wheelbarrow - Yard DebrisCleaning up the landscape debris after you are done maintaining your property, instead of blowing it into the street or a native area will help you to be more responsible as a community association manager or owner and it will make your property and the surrounding areas more appealing and help to reduce pollution problems.

Mulch

GlovesHaving a mulch bed around your trees helps protect the trees’ trunks from mechanical damage caused by mowers and trimmers and improves the overall appearance of the property. Mulching your beds throughout the property can help nourish your plants, increase curb appeal & reduce weed infestation.

Proper Equipment

Gardening ToolsOne mistake seen frequently is people using the wrong equipment for the task at hand. Whether it is hand pruners, string trimmers or mowers, be sure that you or your service provider is giving you the proper and best resources for maintaining your landscape.

Misunderstanding the pitfalls caused by regular landscape maintenance can lead to long-term failure of your landscape. Focusing on the ‘big picture’ of your property and where you want to take the landscape can have a lasting impact on your budget, overall aesthetic and how much effort is required to keep the property looking good long term.

(Editor’s Note: This blog article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of Community Associations Journal.)

By Tim Hawkins

By Tim Hawkins

Owner, Brookstone Landscape & Design

Having been involved in the landscape industry for over 15 years, Tim Hawkins takes pride in developing solutions and opportunities for people! In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and spending time with his family.

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Chapter Magazine

Community Associations Journal - April 2019 Issue - Cover

Calendar

April 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
  • Communications Comm Mtg
4
  • M-100
  • Market Expansion Comm Conf Call
5
  • M-100
6
  • M-100
  • Board Leadership Development Workshop
7
8
9
  • Education Comm Mtg - WSCAI
10
  • Board / Comm Chair Meeting
11
  • CASE Study
12
  • CASE Study
13
14
15
16
  • Membership Committee Meeting- Conference Call
  • M4MD Comm Mtg
  • Law Day Comm Mtg - Panel Practice
17
  • Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Event
18
  • CEO Luncheon
19
20
21
22
23
  • Social Committee Mtg
24
25
  • Earth Day Project @ Rainier Vista East, Seattle
26
27
  • Law Day for Condo & HOA Board Members
28
29
30
  • Business Partners Comm Mtg
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