Section B: Landscaping
The most appropriate natural landscaping at Dunroy on Rutledge is vegetation already there. When grading, construction, and access activities create unavoidable disturbance, landscape design shall restore natural areas with indigenous plants where appropriate and in other areas establish professionally designed planting beds landscaped with plants which complement the natural surroundings, are harmonious with the area and are part of a coherent landscape plan. Under no circumstances shall disturbed soil be allowed to remain exposed or allowed to result in erosion.
Any significant changes to the landscaping of any home after the date the home was originally occupied shall be reviewed by the Dunroy Landscape Committee and approved by the Master Board prior to the commencement of the work. “Significant changes” as used in the above sentence shall include any of the following or similar:
1. Establishing new planting beds or increasing or decreasing the areas of mulch or grass around the home.
2. New hedges or changes or additions to existing hedges.
3. The planting within a single one-year time span of ten or more shrubs whose full-growth height, as described in the standard literature, can be expected to exceed 6 feet.*
4. The planting of three or more trees within a single one-year time span.*
* (Replacement shrubs or trees shall not be included in the numerical limits given for items 3 and 4 above.)
5. The planting of any tree whose full-growth height, as described in the standard literature, can be expected to exceed 30 feet.
6. Any alteration to grading and/or any other alteration that will contribute to erosion, either in the immediate vicinity or anywhere downhill.
7. Landscape structures or statuary of any description, including but not limited to arbors, trellises, gazebos, fences, walls, benches, birdbaths, yard art, etc. In considering the approval of such items, the Board will give considerable weight to the placement of the item. Backyards should be considered for many of these.
8. Bird houses and bird feeders are specifically exempted from the above (although due consideration should be given to our local bear population’s penchant for easy food). Backyard locations are preferable.
9. Any edging material separating planting beds from other areas such as grass, walkways or driveways.
10. Artificial water features including fountains, ponds, waterfalls and the like.
11. Signs of any description except as follows: in addition to the house number on the mailbox (as defined in the Covenants), any other house number shall be affixed to the house. Owner names are not permitted.
12. The clear-cutting (trees and shrubs) of any area as opposed to selective thinning.
13. See also Section C of the Landscape Policy online for further detailed information with respect to tree removals.