Homeowner Tree Information
Here is some information you may find helpful regarding neighborhood trees. Winter being the best time to prune trees & shrubs. As you walk down our sidewalks there are trees with low hanging branches. Please be courteous to neighbors and keep trees trimmed to an appropriate height. The City of Overland Park requirements are 8 feet over the sidewalk and 12.6 feet over the street.
Please note that our contracted trash & recycling company Town & Country does NOT pick up yard waste in December or January.
Please be aware that Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been identified in the Johnson County, KS area this year. If you have Ash Trees you may want to contact an Arborist to see if preventative measures or treatment is needed.
Here are some basic pruning tips from ArborDay.com:
When Not To Prune: Fall
Because decay fungi spread their spores profusely in the fall and healing of wounds seems to be slower on fall on cuts, this is a good time to leave your pruning tools in storage.
Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice. It results in a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring and should be used if that is the desired effect. It is usually best to wait until the coldest part of winter has passed. Some species, such as maple, walnuts and birches, may bleed when the sap begins to flow. This is not harmful and will cease when the tree leafs out.
To direct the growth by slowing the branches you don't want; or to slow dwarf the development of a tree or branch, pruning should be done soon after seasonal growth is complete. The reason for the slowing effect is that you reduce the total leaf surface, thereby reducing the amount of food manufactured and sent to the roots. Another reason to prune in the summer is for corrective purposes. Defective limbs can be seen more easily, or limbs that hang down too far under the weight of the leaves.
Pruning Flowering Trees to Enhance Flowering
If your purpose for pruning is to enhance flowering: For trees that bloom in spring, prune when their flowers fade. Trees and shrubs that flower in mid- to late summer should be pruned in winter or early spring.
Monthly Board Meeting Information
The Lancaster Board of Directors meet on the 4th Monday of the month, except July & December. There is no Board Meeting in July or December. Meetings take place at Argentine Federal Savings Bank on the corner of 125th and Antioch Road in Overland Park, unless otherwise noted. All homeowners are welcome to attend. Please send your contact information if you would like to be added to the agenda.
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