Happy Labor Day!
The Results Are In
September Is National Preparedness
A Word From Our 'Weed Patrol'
MMM: Hey, guys, how did you get things looking so good? After all, weeds have been a summer staple in EE and the rest of Green Valley for as long as we can remember.
WP: Wish we could tell you it is due to waving a magic wand but it isn't. Our EEHOA purchased some commercial spraying equipment last fall and we have put it to good use this summer.
MMM: But haven't we had the weeds sprayed in the past?
WP: We have, but due to the cost we were only able to afford 1 or 2 applications of weed killer during the weed season.
MMM: How often is the spray being applied?
WP: We are averaging about every 6 to 7 days.
MMM: Wow! That seems like a lot of work and expense.
WP: Actually we didn't really know what to expect when we started. We hoped to achieve the results you see, but we weren't sure about the cost and the effort needed. So far our expenses for chemicals has been around $2,500 as opposed to approximately $25,000 if we had it done commercially. So we are excited about that aspect. We also feel it has been well worth the time and effort. It's rewarding to see the great results in the common areas.
MMM: Have there been any other effects from the spraying program?
WP: Glad you asked. There has been an extraordinary effort on the part of most of the 295 homes whose yards are not cared for by the HOA. About 90% of those properties look great, and the owners obviously take pride in living in EE. At this time last summer, only about ½ of the homes looked like they had a summer maintenance program in place.
MMM: What about the other 10%?
WP: We are hoping those owners will see how great their neighbors' homes and the common areas look and do something about their own yards. If they have any questions, they can call 419-2489 (WP hotline) for more information.
MMM: Thank you both for your time. We all appreciate the work you are doing and the great new weed free look in Esperanza Estates.