Monday, February 21, 2011

On New Ground

In a previous post, we reported on remarks about mulching made by the chairperson (now former chairperson) of the Landscape Committee. She had said that mulch raises a soil's pH, making the soil more alkaline and that using mulch will eventually kill acid-loving plants in Princeton Landing such as rhododendrons and azaleas. She had also made it clear that she would like to eliminate the use of mulch in the community altogether because of its cost. We noted that she was simply wrong about this, and that experts agree mulching is essential to the proper care of rhododendrons and azaleas.

At the Landscape Committee meeting on February 16, the (now former) chairperson reversed herself and admitted that what she'd said about mulching at the previous meeting was wrong. She also indicated that cutting back or removing some of our overgrown trees and shrubs would be good for the health of the landscape. By saying this, she reversed another of her opinions that had long been disputed by knowledgeable people in the community.

Later in the meeting, the committee elected a new chairperson for the coming landscape season. With new leadership and with the previous chair's position now reversed on two important maintenance issues, a better future may lie ahead for our beautiful but recently mismanaged landscape.