Foothill Ranch Maintenance Corporation
BAKE SIDE FENCE REPAIRS ARE HERE - ARE YOU PREPARED?
The association’s vendors have started work on repairing and painting the fencing throughout the community, with the homes on the Alton side scheduled first. Owners are required to remove vines, chicken wire, and other items touching or growing on the fencing/walls. Notices will be sent to all impacted owners stating the timeframe and general information about how to prepare for the work. To ensure the project stays on schedule, please follow the instructions in the notice. Owners who fail to prepare their fencing for work may be subject to fines. The work progression is noted below by neighborhood/street. Please see fencing maps under the association link and project information. Each map designates a phase/or district and will be gong in order of the maps.
2. Legacy (Lyon Breeze)
3. Lyon Heights
4. Viaggio (Crestview)
6. Borrego Ridge (near school)
7. Avignon (Centex Summerview)
8. Lyon Hills
CRIME IN FOOTHILL RANCH
Owners have reported car break-ins, mailbox theft and burglaries throughout Foothill Ranch. Please be vigilant in keeping car and house doors locked, do not leave valuables in your car, take mail out of your mailbox as quickly as possible and put a hold on your mail if you are out of town. Contact OC Sheriff's Department if you notice any suspicious activity.
UPCOMING BOARD MEETING
Date: Monday, January 14, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM (Open Session)
Location: Foothill Ranch Community Room (27021 Burbank)
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Community Manager Janine Stratton at (949)448-6185 or Janine.Stratton@fsresidential.com or Assistant Community Manager Susan Kotchedoff at (949) 448-6267 or Susan.Kotschedoff@fsresidential.com.
UPCOMING ARCHITECTURAL MEETING
The Architectural meeting will be held on Monday, January 7, 2018. All plans for review at the meeting need to be submitted to FirstService Residential (mailing address 5241 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618) NO LATER THAN MONDAY, December 25, 2018.
POOL CARD DISTRIBUTION
To obtain a pool card, please email Susan.Kotschedoff@fsresidential.com with your full name and address in the body of the email, and "Foothill Ranch Pool Card" in the subject line. The Pool Card Purchase Form is required for all pool card requests, which can be found in the Community Pool page. If you are a new homeowner, within the last two months, please include that information in the email.
Pool cards are mailed out two times per month on Fridays, or can be picked up by appointment only from the FirstService Residential office.
USE LESS WATER
It's no longer a suggestion... It's the law.
Gov. Jerry Brown this month ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California's history. The 31-point executive order forces reductions that will be clarified and implemented as we inch toward what will likely be a very hot and dry summer.
Water agencies must cut water use by up to 36 percent for some cities, and the Metropolitan Water District -- the wholesale distributor of water to Southern California -- is slashing deliveries by 15 percent to help meet that requirement.
"We're in a new era," the governor said. "The idea of your nice little green grass getting water every day, that's going to be a thing of the past."
Brown's order includes replacing 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought-tolerant landscaping, banning the irrigation of grass on public street medians, and requiring large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use.
It sounds scary, and it is, because for many people this is unchartered territory but a 25 percent drop in water use is fairly easy to achieve in most cases -- and it doesn't mean that the beauty of our landscape has to suffer.
The average turf lawn requires 4 to 5 gallons of water per square foot, compared to 1 to 1.5 gallons for the same area planted with California friendly plants.
There are many beautiful plant varieties, including ground cover, that are resistent to drought - check with your local Nursery or Garden Center which should have a good variety of these plants. The website Pinterest, as well as many other websites, has many photos and ideas for new drought friendly landscaping. Please remember that you will need to submit your plans to the Architectural Committee prior to installation.
The IRWD website has a suggested weekly watering schedule and they suggest for the month of May watering Turfgrass 3 days a week, 3 cycles of 3 minutes. For trees, shrubs and groundcover - 2 days a week, 3 cycles of 3 minutes each. Also, you will want to minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours.
10 TIPS FOR WATERING WISELY
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
- Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours.
- Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
- Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to reduce runoff.
- Water your lawn only when needed. You can tell this by simply walking across your lawn. If you leave footprints, it’s time to water.
- Direct rain gutter spouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees or collect and use for your garden.
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it is needed.
- Install a rain shutoff device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.
- Reduce the amount of grass in your yard by replacing it with shrubs, ground cover, rock, granite and/or mulch.
- Water only as rapidly as the soil can absorb the water.
WOOD GATES AND FENCES
Many of the wood gates and fences throughout the community are in need of repair and paint. Spring is a perfect time to update your home and “curb appeal” by taking care of items that need touching up. While you are taking care of the gates and fences, your may want to check other area of your homes that could use some touch up also, like fascia and trim. Painting areas as the need arises is a good way to protect the wood and helps keep property values up for the entire community.
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR HOME?
Please remember while there are specific pre-approved color schemes for each tract, you are still required to submit to the Architectural Committee for approval, according to the guidelines. This includes filling out the Home Improvement form and the Neighbor Notification form. The specific colors for your tract can be seen on the Dunn Edwards website - please visit www.DunnEdwards.com/colors/archive/color-ark-pro and enter Foothill Ranch in the Search by Keywords tab. Please then select the correct neighborhood/sub-association from the dropdown menu for the full list of colors.
Dunn Edwards offers another service as well. They will take a digital image of your home and mock up the colors you are considering for individual homeowners. If interested in this service, please call Dunn Edwards and make an appointment with the Professional Paint Advisor. For the Dunn Edwards closest to Foothill Ranch, please contact 949-459-1195.
CITY OF LAKE FOREST WELCOME PACKET
The City of Lake Forest has prepared New Resident Welcome Packets for homeowners. The packet includes helpful information about city services, shopping directories, and special events for new residents to Lake Forest. You may access the welcome packet on line at: www.lakeforestca.gov/welcomepacket .
ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS & REALTORS!
Please be advised that tampering, cutting, topping of association common area landscape & trees is a serious violation that will be pursued by the Board of Directors. Violations will be prosecuted to the full extent allowable by law, which can include treble damages (violator responsible for paying three times the cost of the tree that was removed/damaged). It is the responsibility of you the homeowner to educate your realtor on the rules that we all live by here in Foothill Ranch. At no time is it permissible for anyone but the association landscaper to prune landscape material located in the common areas. Thank you all for your continued support in keeping Foothill Ranch a beautiful place to call home!