San Marino Estates Homeowner’s Association
Landscape Addendum to Architectural and Landscape Review
February 16, 2015
The San Marino Estates Homeowner’s Association is committed to the efficient and effective use of our water resources in the landscape areas while still maintaining a lush and appropriately water conserving landscape. This means that, over time, we will rely less on turf (as much as 30% less than currently planted) and more on shrubbery to create the lush effect we are encouraging.
Front yards are owned by the individual homeowner. However, the HOA, through the payment of monthly assessments, is responsible for general maintenance and irrigation. Therefore, in order to control costs, encourage water conservation and water use reduction whenever possible, and promote a lush, well-cared for appearance, the HOA has established the following
guidelines, criteria, and recommendations for general design, plant selections, watering systems and appearance.
Plants:(Contact Desert Management for an expanded electronic version of the approved plant list.)
Irrigation and Water Conservation:
The most severe drought in California history continues. The Palm Springs Aquifer continues to drop, and new legislation has been put in place both locally and statewide to address these issues.
It is all but certain that state-mandated water conservation measures will be permanent, and in our Valley, HOAs in particular are being required to reduce water consumption. Several new and not so new laws are in place including California Civil Code Section 4735 (April 2014), Rancho Mirage Municipal Code 17.24.025 (2006), and Coachella Valley Water District Model Water-Efficient Landscape Ordinance AB1881. While maintaining a lush landscape look, the HOA will comply while looking to reduce turf in the community over-all by up to 30% over the next three to five years.
Custom Landscaping Evaluation
Any change to the current landscaping initiated by the homeowner is considered custom landscaping (as referenced in HOA Bylaws) for the purposes of these San Marino HOA
Landscape Guidelines. The more extensive the changes, the greater the scrutiny will be given to the landscape plan. While the Landscape Committee and the Board of Directors will endeavor to
do all it can to move along the consideration process, all are volunteers and subject to other priorities. Therefore it is recommended that the homeowner keep in mind that a thorough
consideration of an extensive modification or renovation may take three to six months or longer.
New Irrigation Systems for Owner-installed Custom Landscaping
The San Marino HOA promotes water conservation in many ways. The HOA has been working successfully to reduce the amount of water necessary to keep our turf alive and looking good.
However, installation of water-wise plants may require a different watering schedule entailing the installation of a separate watering system. The HOA will not be responsible for any modification to an existing watering system, however the homeowner may request doing so in order to more carefully control water use and provide for optimum water to new plantings.”
Otherwise, new plants will have to rely on the overall irrigation schedule for the HOA.
Currently, that scheduling is focused on turf and current established shrubs. A separate timer and/or irrigation system may be installed for shrub plantings, for example, but that must be done at the homeowner’s expense.
Any change to the homeowner’s watering system must be approved (signed off) by the HOA’s landscape maintenance company as well as the San Marino Landscape Committee and Board of Directors.
All replacement plantings must be selected from the HOA’s approved plant list. Shrubs must be at least a 5-gallon plant, and trees must be at least a 15-gallon plant.
Shrubs or trees selected from the HOA approved list must be planted with the concurrence of the HOA landscape maintenance company. All replacement plantings must be approved in advance by the Landscape Committee and/or the Board of Directors. If a plant should die due to lack of water, disease, or injury, it will be replaced at HOA expense with another appropriate plant from the approved list as chosen by the Landscape Committee in concurrence with the HOA’s
landscape maintenance company.
Plants replaced by the HOA will be the same or similar to the existing plants in the yard. The homeowner may request a replacement plant of different size or type, but any expense beyond the cost of the HOA recommended replacement will be the homeowner’s responsibility. Plants that are healthy may be replaced at the homeowner’s expense with Landscape Committee approval.
The following materials are approved for landscapes:
Boulders-All types, Earth tones only. Fewer large boulders are more effective than many small boulders.
Gravel (jagged rock)-No grey or white in mass; 1”- 3” as long as they are Earth-toned in color
River Rock (smooth rock)-No grey or white in mass; all sizes and types as long as they are Earth toned in color
Decomposed Granite (“D.G.”, “fines”, “3/8 minus”)-Only earth colors may be used as an accent, substrate for rock, or under covering shrubbery
Sources: Southwest Boulder & Stone, Cathedral City Low Desert Rock Supply, Desert Hot Springs Tri State Materials, Coachella
J & L Materials, Thousand Palms
Whitewater Rock and Supply Co., Palm Springs
The Landscape Change/Modification/Customization Process
Homeowners wishing to change or modify their front yard landscape in any way must receive approval from the Landscape Committee and/or the Board of Directors and adhere to the process outlined in the HOA’s bylaws. The landscape change process will entail:
1. Once an application has been submitted to the HOA management firm, the Landscape Committee will seek clarification with the Homeowner as necessary
2. The Landscape Committee will consult with the HOA’s landscape management contractor as to the maintenance and water conservation implications of the changes proposed.
3. The Landscape Committee will then either approve the request or engage in discussions with the homeowner and/or landscape management company as to what adjustments might be necessary to the homeowner’s plan.
4. Once there has been a meeting of the minds, an adjustment letter will be sent to the
homeowner by the HOA’s management firm indicating any required adjustments in the plan including changes to the homeowner’s irrigation system and/or plant selection.
San Marino Home Owners Association
Landscape Handbook: Approved Plants--February 2015 (compact list)
# Botanical Name Common Name Height Width Type
1 Acacia smallii Sweet Acacia 26' 20' Tree
2 Brachychiton populous Bottle Tree 40' 20' Tree
3 Cercidium sp. Palo Verde 30' 30' Tree
4 Citrus sp. Citrus 25' 15' Tree
5 Lagerstroemia indica Crape Myrtle 25' 15' Tree
6 Malaleuca quinquenervia Cajeput Tree 40' 15' Tree
7 Olea Europa Olive 30' 30' Tree
8 Prosopis sp. Mesquite 50' 40' Tree
9 Rhus lancea African Sumac 30' 30' Tree
10 Butia capitalta Pindo Palm 15' 15' Palm
11 Chamerops humilis Mediterranean Fan Palm 10' 8' Palm
12 Cycad revolute Sego Palm 6' 6' Palm
13 Phoenix robellini Pygmy Date Palm 10' 8' Palm
14 Washingtonia filifera California Fan Palm to 50' Palm
15 Washingtonia robusta Mexican Fan Palm to 100' Palm
16 Agave sp. Agave many sizes Shrub
17 Aloe sp Aloe several sizes Shrub
18 Bouganvillea sp. Bush Bougainvillea 3' 5' shrub
19 Caesalpinea pulchevrima Mexican Bird of Paradise 7' 6' shrub
20 Callistemon Little John, Dwarf Bottlebrush 3' 3' Shrub
21 Carrisa macrocrocaerpa Boxwood Beauty, Natal Plum 3' 2' Shrub
22 Cassia nemophila Feathery Cassia 5' 5' Shrub
23 Euphorbia millii crown of Thorns 2' 2' Shrub
24 Hesperaloe parviflora Red Yucca 3' 3' Shrub
25 Ixora coccinea Desert Geranium 3' 3' Shrub
26 Lantana montevidensis Lantana Shrub
27 Leucophyllum laevigatum Chihuahua, Sage 5' 2' Shrub
28 Nandina domestica Heavenly Bamboo 5' 2' Shrub
29 Nassella tenuissima Mexican Feather Grass 3' 2' Shrub
30 Nerium oleander Dwarf Oleander "Petite Pink" 8' 5' Shrub 31 Pennsisetum setaceum "Rubrum", Purple Fountain grass 5' 4' Shrub
32 Rhaphiolepis indica Indian Hawthorne 2' 2; Shrub
33 Rosa sp. Floribunda Hybrid Tea 3' 4' Shrub
34 Rosmarinus Rosemary 3' 4' Shrub
35 Russellia equistsformia Coral Fountain 2' 3' Shrub
36 Salvia greggii Autumn Sage 3' 2' Shrub
37 Salvia leucantha Mexican Sage 3' 4' Shrub
38 Tecoma stans Yellow Bells 10' Shrub
39 Bouganvilles Bouganvilea Vine
40 Calliandra haematocephala Pink Powder Puff Vine
41 Pyracantha coccinea Firethorn Vine
42 Tecomaria capense Cape Honeysuckle Vine
43 Carissa macrocarpa "Green Carpet" Prostrate Natal Plum gr. Cover
44 Convolvolus cineorom Bush Morning Glory gr. cover
45 Lantana montevidensis Trailing Lantana gr. Cover
46 Rosa sp. Carpet Roses gr. Cover
47 Rosmarinus officinalis "Prostratus", Trailing Rosemary gr. Cover
48 Verbena peruviana Verbena gr. Cover
49 Dalea greggii Trailing Dalea 1' 5' gr. Cover
50 Tradescantia pallida Purple Heart 1' 3' gr. Cover
51 Evolvulus Dwarf Morning Glory--various 2' 3' gr. Cover