Townhome Grounds Maintenance Program

Townhome Ground Maintenance


There are certain sections of the community, predetermined by the developer, for which limited grounds maintenance on townhome lots is provided by the Brambleton Community Association. Prior to the construction of these sections, it was decided that an additional assessment would be part of these lots to cover the costs associated with a basic landscape maintenance package. The package includes mowing, trimming, weeding, edging, turf applications, and mulching of the builder installed landscape. The minimal and routine standards of maintenance are as follows:

Turf Maintenance


  • Mowing will occur every 7-14 days (weather permitting) from April through mid-November. During extended periods of rain or drought conditions, cutting will take place as weather conditions dictate
  • Turf will be cut to a height of 3"-3.5"
  • All trimming along shrub beds, obstructions and foundations will be performed at time of mowing. Owners may be required to establish a 6"-12" weed-free zone around areas that can be damaged by the string trimmers, such as A/C units, stucco foundations, fencing, etc.
  • Normal levels of trash and litter will be policed and removed from landscaped areas before the mowing operation
  • All sidewalks will be kept free of weeds by mechanical or chemical means
  • All landscaped planting beds will be kept free of weeds by hand weeding or chemical means
  • All resulting dirt and debris will be blown from sidewalks after operations

Turf Applications


  • Early spring (February - March) - All turf areas will receive fertilizer and pre-emergent crabgrass control, and broadleaf weed control
  • Late spring (April - June) - All turf areas will receive a balanced fertilizer / broadleaf weed control
  • Summer (June - July) - All turf will receive spot treatment of broadleaf weed control
  • Fall (October - November) - All turf areas will receive fertilizer high in nitrogen / broadleaf winter weed control
Note: Some of the applications listed above may be combined at contractor's discretion. Additional turf applications are occasionally needed for extremely hard to control weeds such as nutsedge, goose grass and wild violet. These conditions require a different application than those listed above. These applications are available at an additional cost on an as needed basis with prior approval from manager / agent.

Spring Bed Cleanup & Mulch


  • All previously mulched plant beds will have debris removed. Bed edges will be cut to a 2" depth (depending on soil conditions)
  • An application of pre-emergent weed control in all beds will be made as deemed appropriate
  • Double-shredded hardwood mulch will be installed to maintain no more than 2-inch mulch covering of the beds

Requirements of Service


  • Access must be available for back yard mowing
  • Gates must remain unlocked and function properly
  • Personal items such as lawn furniture, toys, hoses or other items must be removed from lawn areas before mowing begins
  • Pets cannot be present. Prior to letting dogs / cats / pets into yards in the evenings, please make sure all gates are securely closed

Service That Is Not Part of the Program


The basic maintenance package provided by the Association is not an all-inclusive package. There are certain items that are not covered under this program and will remain the responsibility of the property owner. Those items are as follows:

  • Trimming around structures or personal items that can be easily damaged
  • Watering of turf or landscape
  • Removal and replacement of dead or dying plant material
  • Leaf removal on private lots.  This includes front and rear yards, open or gated.
  • Maintenance or mulching of owner installed plant material
  • Maintenance of owner installed hardscapes or other improvements
  • Installation of annual flowers, ornamental plants, vegetable gardens or other landscapes that require special attention or services
  • Snow/ice removal on sidewalks or driveways. Per the Declaration, property owners are also responsible for snow removal on sidewalks adjacent to their property, i.e. sidewalks on common areas or in the Virginia Department of Transportation right-of-way
  • Insect or wildlife control