CHAPTER 3 – MAINTENANCE
3.01 LANDSCAPING REQUIREMENTS: STATEMENT OF INTENT AND PURPOSE
The Association finds that proper and well maintained landscaping is an indispensable design element at Wekiva and further finds that the preservation of existing vegetation along with the introduction of plants native and/or common to Central Florida should be considered in establishing and maintaining such landscape design.
Wekiva understands, however, that water restrictions have become a common occurrence in Central Florida and is sensitive to the need to conserve water. Therefore, the Association will look with favor on landscape plans and designs that utilize “Florida Friendly Landscaping” standards as established by Florida Law from time to time.
“Florida Friendly Landscaping” means quality landscapes that conserve water and protect the environment. They are adaptable to local conditions and are drought tolerant. A landscape method that maximizes the conservation of water by the use of site appropriate plants and efficient watering systems. The principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping include planning and design, appropriate plant selection, practical turf areas, efficient irrigation, appropriate use of mulches and proper maintenance.
That being said the Association specifically declares that “Florida Friendly Landscaping” plans and designs are not plans and designs that resemble desert landscapes, but instead are plans and designs that reflect the lush traditional appearance of Florida gardens.
3.02 LANDSCAPING REQUIREMENTS: TURF GRASS STANDARDS
The front, side and rear yards of all residential lots (Lots) in Wekiva shall be covered with turf grass and/or “Florida Friendly Landscaping” excepting only paved areas, patios, shrubbery and flower beds.
Florida Friendly turf grasses such as Bahia, St. Augustine, Bermuda, Centipede and Zoysia are acceptable.
No landscaping plan will be required if more than fifty (50%) percent of each of the front, side and rear yards of a Lot will be or are covered in turf grass. If however, less than fifty (50%) percent of each of the front, side and rear yards of a Lot will be or are covered in turf grass, approval of the landscape plan will be required. Applications shall be submitted to and all reviews shall be performed by the Board of Directors or by the Architectural Control Committee, at the direction of the Board. All reviews shall consider the statements made in Section 3.1 above.
3.03 LANDSCAPING REQUIREMENTS: MAINTENANCE STANDARDS
All lawns and “Florida Friendly Landscaping” shall be maintained in a neat and attractive condition. Minimum maintenance requirements include watering (following mandatory scheduled watering days), fertilizing, mowing, edging, pruning, removal and replacement of dead or dying plants, removal of weeds and noxious grasses and removal of trash. In addition:
• Grass may be no higher than 6"
• Grass at edges may be no more than 6" from the paved edge.
• Grass shall be kept neatly trimmed around all stationary objects.
If a lawn is 15% or more of bare ground, dying grass, or dying Florida Friendly Landscaping, it must be restored so that such areas are less than 15% of bare ground, dying grass, or dying Florida Friendly Landscaped areas.
3.04 LANDSCAPING - Shrubbery shall be trimmed and pruned so that they are neat in appearance with no limbs or branches extending more than three (3) feet from the main body of the plant or exceeding six (6) feet above the ground.
3.05 FLOWER BEDS - Flower beds shall be maintained in a neat and manicured manner and all dead plants must be removed.
3.06 COMPOST PILES - Yard clippings and trimmings (including tree clippings) may not be allowed to accumulate on the lot or in any easement thereof unless done in an approved manner located in an approved area.
3.07 TRASH - All lots must be kept clean of trash, debris, garbage, waste and refuse at all times except for the depositing of trash for pickup by a County approved garbage pickup service. No one, however, may deposit such items for pickup earlier than dusk the day prior to the designated pickup time and must remove any pickup receptacle prior to daybreak the morning after the pickup has occurred.
3.08 BIKE PATH AREAS - In addition to the requirements contained in section 3.03 above, all “bike path” easement areas and all improvements and landscaping contained therein must be continuously maintained by the owner of the lot upon which the easements exist as follows:
A. Paved Areas: The pavement must be maintained so that no cracks, holes, breaks, elevations or other defects exist and must be repaired or replaced by the owner, when, in the opinion of the Association, it is necessary to do so to bring the pavement back to a level, safe and defect free condition. Any such repair or replacement must be made with the same type of materials that are presently in use (e.g. concrete replaced with concrete) which materials must be of a quality acceptable to the Association. In addition, the pavement area must, at all times, be kept free of all obstructions of any kind, be free of trash and debris, be maintained in a “broom clean” condition and be free of grease, oil, algae, fungus and/or other natural or man made substances, matter or organisms that may cause the pavement to be slippery.
B. Non-Paved Areas: The non-paved areas of the subject easements shall be covered with grass or other approved plant materials, such as, wood chips, stone, plants, shrubs, etc., which must be maintained so that the area will be neat and manicured in appearance. All such plant material must be maintained as elsewhere provided for in this Chapter. Nothing shall ever be placed in the non-paved areas of any easements at any time, if, in the sole and exclusive opinion of the Association, it creates a nuisance or creates a hazard to persons utilizing the bike path easements.
C. “Clear Areas”: Notwithstanding the above, at least a six (6) inch “clear area” must be maintained on either side of the pavement, in which no plant material (except grass) or other items, things or improvements will be permitted to exist. If any trees shrubbery or other plant materials overhang the pavement, they must be trimmed to a height of at least seven (7) feet above the pavement to allow free passage by persons walking or riding on the paved areas.
3.09 FENCES & WALLS - See Chapter 6 of this Code.
3.10 BASKETBALL GOALS - See Chapter 10 this Code.
3.11 UTILITY SHEDS - See Chapter 9 of this Code.
3.12 ABOVE-GROUND POOLS - See Chapter 20 of this Code.
3.13 DEAD TREES - When a tree is dead, it must be removed.
3.14 VEGETABLES AND FRUITS - No vegetable or fruit may be grown in the front yards of any Lot. In addition, no vegetable or fruit may be grown anywhere else on a Lot unless the same is screened so that it may not be seen by a six (6) foot tall person standing on the right-of-ways adjacent to the Lot or standing on the ground anywhere on a neighboring Lot. For purposes of this rule, the term "fruit" shall not include fruit which is grown on trees, such as citrus, apples, avocados, peaches, etc. and the term "vegetable" shall not include plants which are used as decorative groundcover such as but not limited to ornamental cabbage.