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Whitney Park East General Landscaping Plan Summer 2009.

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1 Whitney Park East General Landscaping Plan Summer 2009

2 Whitney Park East – Landscaping Project Map Large Projects 1 – Front Entrance Plantings 2 – Intersection Plantings 3 – Chestnut Erosion/Drainage 4 – Tot lot wall and mulch 5 – Buttonwood Erosion/Drainage 6 – Hill crest Erosion/Drainage/Plantings 7 – Dog Walk grass renewal Tree Issues A, B, C – Pine removal and replacement trees D – Pine canopy raising E – Dead and dying tree removal Small Projects a – Replace wood in benches b – Add plantings to match other areas, trim trees c – Add grass seed around mulched tree, trim bushes d – Add plantings in timber walls, trim forsythia Whitney Park East – Landscaping Project Map Large Projects 1 – Front Entrance Plantings 2 – Intersection Plantings 3 – Chestnut Erosion/Drainage 4 – Tot lot wall and mulch 5 – Buttonwood Erosion/Drainage 6 – Hill crest Erosion/Drainage/Plantings 7 – Dog Walk grass renewal Tree Issues A, B, C – Pine removal and replacement trees D – Pine canopy raising E – Dead and dying tree removal Small Projects a – Replace wood in benches b – Add plantings to match other areas, trim trees c – Add grass seed around mulched tree, trim bushes d – Add plantings in timber walls, trim forsythia A B C a b c d E D

3 1 – Front Entrance Plantings ($1100)* Reduce size of mulched areas on both sides of entrance by removing mulch and replacing with grass strip between curbs and plantings Trim bushes annually Add 3-4 “arcadia juniper” to area across from sign to mirror the plantings on that side and add winter interest Add seasonal, annual flowers in front of sign ($600 per year for 2 plantings) 2 – Intersection Tree Plantings ($650) Reduce size of mulched area behind tree by removing mulch and replacing with grass seed Add 3-4 “pink parasol” spirea to match upper mailbox plantings and add seasonal interest. Add shade garden plants and bulbs, replant existing bulbs in tighter pattern, cover bulbs with wire to discourage squirrels. 3 – Chestnut Erosion problems ($900) Bury PVC pipe to lengthen drainage to beyond hill crest Allow pine needles to remain on-site, add wood chips to dirt/clay areas during next tree trimming event Add Liriope to wood chips similar to upper Buttonwood areas 4 – Playground Mulch ($1200) Complete 4 th wall around playground Add soft mulch 5 – Buttonwood Erosion problem ($1200) Extend woodchip area past end of houses to cover shaded dirt/clay areas. Split liriope and extend into newly chipped area, add liriope where needed Add grass seed/hay to hill, trim bushes 6 – Buttonwood Hilltop Erosion ($1400) Build 1’ wide stone swale between sidewalk and trees that follows curve of current mulch line and drains into railroad tie planter (requires DRB approval) Build drain from top of planter that exits into first parking space, further define back of planting area with existing stones. Add topsoil and plant liriope “big blue” along swale, add interest plants near streetlight and mailbox planter. 7 – Dogwalk Lawn Refurbishment Aerate, add topsoil, seed, and add hay to areas of lawn that have been damaged and eroded. Erect sign to ask dog owners to curb their pets elsewhere while grass seed is germinating. A, B, C – Three phased white pine removal ($5000) Remove white pine trees in three phases. (Requires DRB approval) Once removed, add lawn on lower 1/3 of hill. On upper 2/3 of hill, plant clusters of evergreens, including Leyland cypress, Arborivitae Pyramidalis, American holly, Oriental Spruce. Add one or two Japanese maples to match new island planting. D,E – Tree removal and trimming ($2500) Remove dead trees and trim where needed Add wood chips to erosion problem areas. a – Consider replacing wood in benches b – Trim umbrella shaped trees, add perennial plants similar to those being added in (2) and (6) planters c – Add grass seed around newly planted japanese maple, trim bushes back severely. Consider replacing wood in benches. d – Add perennial plants to space between timber walls, trim back forsythia bushes

4 Proposed Schedule August 2009 Encourage Professional Grounds to aerate, seed, and add topsoil to Dog Walk area per current contract or with minimal additional cost. Add sign requesting dog owners curb there pets in other areas. Hire tree company to remove and trim trees for full day ($2500). Use wood chips generated to cover eroded areas between Chestnut Burr (2) and Buttonwood (5). Remove mulch and ask Professional Grounds to overseed and add grass seed to reduce size of front entrance and intersection tree planting areas, add grass seed around maple (c ). Down-select stone swale contractors and get detailed design of swale and plantings for hilltop (6) and start DRB approval process. Contact “Miss Utility” to mark utilities behind Chestnut Burr homes near site of drain extensions. Send notification and survey to residents about need to extend downspouts, add plantings, general cleanup days. Request volunteers. Identify trees that need to be removed/trimmed. September/October 2009 Purchase 3-4 ‘arcadia juniper’ and plant opposite front entrance sign Purchase ” x 10’ PVC pipe and bury behind Chestnut Burr homes with erosion problems ($7 per pipe) Purchase and plant 4 “pink parasol” Spirea to plant at tree intersection (2). ($15.50 per plant) Purchase and plant perennials at (2), (6), and (b). (Michigan Bulb “shade garden” is $39.99 for 25 plants and bulbs. Recommend at least 2 sets – Ships Sept 27 th.) Purchase winter pansies and plant in front sign area (1). Start DRB process for trees that need to be removed. October 2009 Complete new contract with landscaping company that does not include mulching behind or in treed area in front of upper Buttonwood homes, or under treed area along Buttonwood court. Mulching should be limited to four planting areas (1, 2, 6, b) and individual trees. Pine needles should be kept to provide natural mulching, not removed. Consider new contract include bush trimming, mowing of individual lawns (depending upon survey results), and addition of annual flowers to (1). March 2010 Hire contractor to complete stone swale and plantings at hilltop (6). ($1400) Hire contractor to split and add liriope to woodchips behind Buttonwood and Chestnut Burr erosion problem areas. Add plantings to timber wall (d) Replace wood in benches (a, c) Future Notify residents of plan to remove white pine trees and replace with local evergreens at top of hills (A, B, C). Select contractor design for white pine replacement plantings and begin DRB approval process. Hire contractor to remove white pine trees and plant replacements Hire contractor to add mulch to playground 2009 Projected Costs $150 downspout extension $70 Spirea for intersection planting $200 for plants/bulbs for intersection /sign plantings $2500 for tree trimming/removal 2010 Projected Costs $1400 for stone swale and plantings $250 for liriope additions $200 for bench replacement lumber


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