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Landscaping Update

In fall 2020, the United board and the United Landscape Committee directed staff to investigate the possibility and cost of removing mature pine trees that exhibit at least one of the following characteristics: groves of trees, health decline, building conflict with roofs and gutters, dense canopies causing poor turf growth, dense canopies causing an abundance of leaf pickup tickets, and infrastructure damage. In March 2021, staff brought preliminary findings to the Landscape Committee, which subsequently directed staff to develop a project and seek proposals for the work. Staff arborists subsequently visited every Canary Island pine in the community, evaluated them and determined that 393 of the trees fell into at least one of the categories, and many fell into more than one.  

The density of the canopies caused such concerns as the quantity of tree debris falling onto nearby building and carport roofs, blocking gutters, roof drains, courtyard drains and down spouts, and costing the mutual vast sums in structure repairs. Many of these trees have caused damage to sidewalks, foundations, pipes and walls. 

Project Canceled, Ad Hoc Continues

On May 10, United Mutual approved the formation of the Canary Island Pine Tree Reduction Project Ad Hoc Committee to address this specific issue, about which members and residents expressed concern during the March 10 United Landscape committee meeting.  

However, on Thursday, May 12, the Landscape Committee canceled the pine tree removal project. Going forward, trees will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The ad hoc committee will continue as an educational and resident involvement vehicle, and a proposed environmental report will proceed. 

Report a Problematic Tree

Residents who are having issues with individual trees can contact Resident Services at 949-597-4600 or residentservices@vmsinc.org to initiate a Landscape Request Form or download the form from lagunawoodsvillage.com (Residents > Services > Maintenance & Landscaping > scroll down to Landscape Forms) and email it to residentservices@vmsinc.org.  

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