April '04 Report:
Somehow, committee sounds too formal and group sounds
worse. Gardeners sounds a bit light in responsibility. So for
now, we'll just call ourselves the Fallbrook Landscapers.
Remember, everyone can join in.
No credentials, election nor dues are required - just a sincere interest
in preserving and improving our beautiful surroundings here in Fallbrook Village. We have no authority beyond what the board gives us
– we serve at their pleasure.
The results of last falls planting of
spring bulbs are just now beginning to appear. Look for the Jonquils,
daffodils, crocus and tulips in small clumps. We hope you will be pleasantly
surprised at where we have put them.
Several community members have donated
excess Hosta plants that are being transplanted to common areas – like
around the utility boxes. If you would like to contribute to this effort
you can - either by offering plants (call Betty @ 797-0708) or a
contribution to the landscape fund ( call Carol @ 797-7479)
Despite last winters horrific
conditions, it appears the grubs didn't suffer much. The squirrels,
skunks and crows continue to till our turf for these morsels while we
scratch our heads trying to come up with a more lasting solution. Casco
Bay Landscape continues to suggest whatever it is that "Lawn
Dawg" squirts on the lawns. Despite what some are saying, we
don't believe it is "grub food", but it sure doesn't seem to
help much. We are looking into "Milky Spore" (Bacillus
popillae ) developed by the USDA. It is quite expensive and
relatively slow to take full effect, but it is otherwise friendly and
requires no warnings to pets and people. Hopefully, we'll have a report
and suggestions for the board in the near future . In the meantime if
you have some findings or ideas, we'd like to hear from you.
14 White Pines were recently transplanted from our common areas
where they needed to be thinned and were transplanted on the Ray Street
side of The
Fallbrook Green where there were
gaps in the screening by the existing pines. It is our hope that this
visual and sound buffer will help make this wonderful lawn more inviting
for events like last fall's 1st annual croquet games and other uses
benefiting our little community. As time goes on, we hope to continue
this screening project either with transplanted trees from our own
property or those purchased with proceeds from some of our upcoming
Soon we will present the board with a request for permission to make
a small winding path through the south end of our picturesque center
forest. The path would be about 3' wide and laid out in a manner that
would limit the necessity of removing living trees and take advantage of
the natural lay of the land – around the wetlands and mature pines.
There would be a garden bench in a small clearing where people could sit
and enjoy the wildlife. Songbirds, squirrels and ducks inhabit this
peaceful place. It is also our goal to promote the vigor and variety of
wildflowers and ferns by transplanting and improving the current
environment of our secluded grove.
Here is a sketch of our plan.
Again this year, we will be "candle trimming"our White
Pine in late June. This practice makes for a more silky appearance and a
dense screening effect. This and other pruning techniques can be
demonstrated so you too can participate. Just give
Dave a call at: (797-0708). If you misplace this information it will be
posted on our condominium web site :