Full course description
HOAs have significant responsibilities, yet they often encounter various challenges. These issues are compounded by factors like committee turnovers and communication breakdowns, particularly in the effective and sustainable management of landscaping and stormwater ponds. For example, HOAs may grapple with issues like algal blooms in their stormwater ponds, stemming from fertilizer mismanagement on adjacent turf grass or ornamental areas. Similarly, improper herbicide application in watercourse buffers or littoral shelves may lead to vegetation failure, or improper pruning techniques could result in substantial tree loss following a storm event. Unfortunately, these scenarios are not uncommon, resulting in unforeseen financial burdens on HOAs.
The Neighborhood Best Practices educational series was developed to serve as a valuable resource for HOAs and residents alike. It facilitates a connection with local resources and aims to address frequently asked questions and common misconceptions related to the responsible management of common area resources. These resources encompass stormwater ponds, preservation areas, trees, landscaping, irrigation, and fertilization. In addition to these key aspects, the series also offers modules dedicated to topics such as managing wildlife interactions in urban environments, fostering community gardens, and maintaining coastal systems.
For both new and existing HOA members who complete the Neighborhood Best Practices series, they gain a more profound understanding of the critical roles of record keeping and effective communication. They also become aware of local resources to address their queries, avoiding the frustrating cycle of determining who can help in seeking solutions.