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Jim Nieto
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Approval of Plants
by Jim Nieto on September 29th, 2010

Does anyone actually use the required plants lists? I will if they are being generally complied with, but might like to just plant whatever I want if not.
 
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Ms Ice Monkey
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Approval of Plants
by Ms Ice Monkey on September 29th, 2010

The plant list generally follows the City of Austin's Grow Green Native and Adapted Plant Guide. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/growgreen/plants.htm You will thank yourself later if you take the time to review and use plants off this list. Native and adapted plants are those well suited to our climate - they're more drought tolerant and harder to kill than other landscape plants. The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center is about to have their fall plant sale; http://www.wildflower.org/plantsale/ everything you find there will be well suited to our climate.

The plant list is more a guideline than a rule. What is more important to note is the do not plant list (at the end of the Grow Green plant guide) - which includes invasive species that may take over your neighbors yard as well as your own and can be hard to eradicate.
 
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dhs
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Approval of Plants
by dhs on September 29th, 2010

There are two proscriptions for plants:
1) Don't plant anything on the do-not-plant-invasives list.
2) 80% of your plants must be on the suggested native plants list.

I think that your question is directed at the second restriction - common sense/courtesy suggests that the first be followed. I intend to remain in compliance with the second, mostly out of practicality - the plants on the suggested list grow readily in this area. But I also don't know how/if/when they intend to enforce this. Is the 80% by weight, by volume or by unit? Will enforcement be complaint driven or is the HOA going to conduct an annual plant census?

There's also a third list of things they would prefer that you not plant because they "do not meet the design intent for the Texas native landscape character". Plants on this list include Italian cypress, azaleas, rhododendrums, asian jasmine, photinia and euonymous - a fairly motley group. De gustibus non est disputandum ...

Doug
 
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lilyrose
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Joined on July 9th, 2008
Approval of Plants
by lilyrose on October 2nd, 2010

I believe - without having a copy of the Residential Modifications Guidelines handy - that the only restrictions on *homeowners* planting new plants is item 1) from the post above. item 2) applied to the original *homebuilder* installations.

to be sure, you should ask Jennifer Harvey for a copy of the modifications guidelines.

 
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dhs
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Approval of Plants
by dhs on October 12th, 2010

You are correct - I checked with Jennifer Harvey, and the 80% rule is for builders, not residents. This is good to know - thanks.
Doug
 
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