Grounds

Responsibility

The Association takes care of everything outdoors.  The Landscape Committee (LC) was formed to assist the Board in improving and maintaining the quality and ambience of the grounds in Harbour Towne.  The LC Guidelines include the Mission Statement, Governance, and Operational Objectives of the Committee.

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

The Landscape Committee (LC), in collaboration with the Board, has developed a plan that encompasses the landscape style at Harbour Towne, the main areas of landscaping that will be addressed, Co-Owner information, and a process that the LC will follow to achieve its goal of an attractive environment. Read about the plan here.

Approved Plant Replacement List

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.  Please be advised that deer will ingest anything under the right circumstances, and there is no guarantee that a plant is completely deer resistant.  Deer netting and/or spraying the plants with a deer deterrent may be necessary by the Co-Owner.

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

Compost

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 need replacement 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.

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 numerous 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. Please see the 2016 article and video on this topic from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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.