Homes Association of
Lawns and Lawn
Association wishes to enforce the Restriction (Article III (g)(2) which
states that yards shall be attractively landscaped and maintained in a
neat and orderly manner, free of weeds and debris.
Association wishes to provide homeowners alternative to conventional,
purely grass lawns, to enable soil improvement and reduced use of water,
pesticides and fertilizers. This must be an intentional process and
homeowners must notify the Association of their intent to grow a lawn
alternative prior to planting.
- Lawn and
lawn alternatives must have uniform distribution of plant types.
- Lawns and
lawn alternatives must be mowed and maintained at a uniform height.
- Weed Control:
weeds typically found in residential lawns, most notably dandelion and
dandelion like plants, should be removed. A list of broad leaf weeds
typically found in northwest turf is available from the Oregon State
University's Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook.
weeds are highly invasive and are listed in the Oregon State Noxious Weed
List. These plants can escape yards and dominate local natural areas.
Noxious weeds should be removed or contained to prevent spreading.
clover (Trifolium repens) is a
specifically widespread and common plant found within grassy areas of the
Association. Large, uncontrolled patches of white clover, especially
within dormant or poor quality grass is not considered neat and attractive.
We encourage you to remove or reduce clover and replace it with grass or
a lawn alternative.
- Weeds can
be removed by physically pulling them out. If you choose to use chemical
herbicides to kill weeds or reduce their growth, we encourage you to spot
treat individual weeds rather than broadcasting over entire areas. This
is a more effective method to control weeds and reduces harm to people,
pets, wildlife, groundwater and local streams and lakes.
- Lawn Alternatives:
alternatives are diverse and ecologically beneficial mixtures of lawn
grasses and water-wise broadleaf perennials that form a dense lawn-type
- Prior to
planting a lawn alternative, the homeowner must notify the Homes
Association by submitting a building permit with neighbor's signatures
and a full description of the seed mix to be planted and a drawing or
description of the area to be planted (e.g. front lawn).
alternative must be planted from commercially available seed mixtures
designated for the Pacific Northwest. Acceptable seed mixtures include
Envirolawn, distributed by Bailey Seed Company; or Fleur de Lawn,
Fragrant Herbal, or Rough and Ready seed mixes distributed by Hobbs &
- The acceptable seed mixtures listed above are composed
of approximately 75% or more lawn grasses such as hard fescue and
perennial rye grass and approximately 25% or less herbaceous plants such
as yarrow, Strawberry (or micro) clover, English daisies, Baby blue eyes,
Alyssum and Chamomile. Recent studies show Alyssum
to be less appropriate to Northwest lawn use than originally intended.
Using a seed mixture without Alyssum as a component will be more
successful and is encouraged.
- Other brands or types of lawn alternative seed mixtures
must be reviewed on a case by case basis prior to planting. Seed mixtures allowed in
this policy will be modified as necessary, based on results of future
- All lawn
alternatives, like all lawns, must be maintained in neat and attractive
condition, have a relatively uniform distribution of plant types, be of
uniform height and be free of weeds as described above.
Approved by Board of Directors
Homes Association of Cedar Hills,
Mark Swan, President
Get a PDF copy of the Lawn & Lawn Alternatives Policy Here