Grounds

Responsibility

The Association takes care of everything outdoors. The Management Company hires Service Providers to care for all of our grounds during the summer months and remove snow in the winter. Keeping in mind the size of our property, the Co-Owners are the best source of finding and reporting issues. Most of these are irrigation issues, but there may be others as well. Please use the CCIS/Request System to report any issues.

Landscaping

In 2015, Harbour Towne adopted a Landscaping Plan that coordinates updating the beds around buildings in the years they are stained. Read about it here.

Co-Owner Plants

For Co-owners who want to invest in replacing the plants around their building, this list was provided by our Landscaping Professionals and approved by our board.

For more questions about how, where, and what to plant around your unit, please contact the Management Company.

Compost

Unfortunately, Harbour Towne does not allow compost piles. Please refrain from creating these on the property.

Snow Removal

Snow removal will begin when 3″ of snow has accumulated. Snow will be removed from the driveways, sidewalks, and porches. Any snow removal requests should be reported through the CCIS/Request System or to the Management Company. Any damage to condos or garage doors should be reported through CCIS/Request System or to the Management Company by April 15.

Mowing Lawns

Our turf is mowed every Thursday, unless rescheduled by rain. The contract also includes edging, weeding, etc.  Watch for specific schedules at the beginning of each summer.

Irrigating Turf

We have a handful of wells around our property. All our turf are irrigated daily, however, the sprinklers are occasionally turned off on holidays to give us ample space to entertain our guests. Sprinklers run on a 24-hour clock, although we don’t have the schedules documented. If you want to verify irrigation is working, place a cup in the area of concern. If you have any issues with irrigation, please submit a Request.

If you notice a sprinkler that is malfunctioning, or a water leak, please submit the request in our CCIS/Request system (or call the Management Company). To help the irrigation vendor locate the problem sprinkler, flags have been distributed to each condo unit. Please mark the bad sprinkler with one of these flags. If  you didn’t get a set of three flags, please contact the Management Company.

Ants & Spiders

Once each year we hire a professional service to apply pesticide to all units. Details are given here.

In 2016, it appears our ant control method only works for about two weeks. Co-owners are encouraged to help manage ants by using liquid spray or granules. Spectracide is one of the recommended brands.

Rodents

The Association is aware of moles in the yards and muskrats on the islands. The board and the Management Company are monitoring these and evaluating various solutions.

Deer

Harbour Towne, Bluffton, and Beachwood are home to nearly a dozen deer. Use caution  near dusk, not only watching for deer, but also the sightseers who stop their cars to watch the deer.

Please do not feed the deer. There is a City ordinance against feeding deer (City Ordinance 6-9 Subsection 8) that prohibits feeding animals in the city.

Do not approach the deer, especially fawns. The following was excerpted from an article published by the DNR in 2016:

The Department of Natural Resources reminds Michigan residents who do find fawns not to touch them. There is a good chance they’re supposed to be there. It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended in order to avoid drawing attention to where the fawn is hidden. The mother will return periodically to nurse her fawns when she feels it is safe. The best thing to do is to leave the fawn alone and enjoy the experience from a distance.

For your safety, as well as the animal’s, it is critical that wildlife retain their natural fear of humans. Never handle or attempt to tame wild animals. Habituated deer, especially bucks, can become aggressive as they mature. Even if the deer seems tame and approachable, it is still a wild animal. Wild animals act unpredictably and can seriously injure a person.

Leaving baby animals in the wild ensures they have the best chance for survival. Every day that an animal spends with humans makes it less likely to be able to survive in the wild.

Curious about what plants deer do and don’t like to eat? This bulletin lists plants in levels of deer resistance as noted below.

  • Plants Rarely Damaged
  • Plants Seldom Severely Damaged
  • Plants Occasionally Damaged

Treating Marina Water

Even though we don’t own any of the marina property, we are affected by the annual treatment(s) for algae.