As the saying goes, spring showers bring May flowers. In Colorado, we could add another line to that verse: Dry summer conditions bring water restrictions. Okay, I’m not a poet. I also don’t have a green thumb, which is one reason I’m a fan of X-rated landscaping. And, no, I’m not talking about risqué roses. This “X” rating refers to a plant’s ability to tolerate xeric, or dry habitat, conditions.
Colorado homeowners who want their flowers and other landscaping to survive the high desert and alpine summers—without breaking the bank on water costs—may consider Xeriscape options as part of their overall landscape plans. Colorado law ensures that homeowners who live in community associations can use drought-tolerant plants, including buffalo and blue grama grasses, in their landscaping. This does not mean that owners in HOAs can turn their yards into rock gardens. Xeriscaping is not "zero-scaping." It does mean that Colorado community associations cannot require owners to install landscaping that consists primarily of turf grass on their lots.Continue Reading Are Your Landscape Guidelines X-Rated?

We occasionally receive calls from distressed board members or managers when individual community members take steps to amend an association’s governing documents without going through a board process. Usually, a packet arrives in the board member’s or manager’s mail at the same time everyone else in the community gets the proposed amendment. This type of owner-initiated document amendment drive can result in substantial expense and, if not handled properly, can leave the association with vague, poorly drafted documents that make governance close to impossibleContinue Reading The Owner-Initiated Document Amendment