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Reston, Virginia

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Wescott Woods Homeowners Association 

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Neighborhood News

Welcome to WWHOA Neighborhood News

 

Announcements for your information as a resident of WWHOA

By Board, Mar 24 2019 09:23PM

Invasive plants are taking hold in the spring.


The focus of this article is Japanese Stiltgrass and Lesser Celandine


Treat now with Dimension crabgrass pre-emergent to prevent the highly invasive Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) from germinating and taking over in August and September.


In Wescott Woods, the invasive thrives in shady , wooded areas, and chokes out the undergrowth, before spreading to your lawns in late summer and early fall. Reston Association may assist with control, but you will find them reluctant to do so.


The pre-emergent will help to control the spread so that you can hand pull these invasives in late summer or early fall. Ideally you would pull these before the small white flowers go to seed. Once seeded, Virginia Tech says Japanese stiltgrass will continue to germinate for 5-7 years, hence the need for chemical assistance.


Japanese stiltgrass was accidentally introduced into the U.S. state of Tennessee around 1919 as a result of being used as a packing material in shipments of porcelain from China. It has spread throughout the Southeastern US and is now found in 26 states. Removal of Microstegium can lead to recovery of native plant communities.


This invasive typically grows to heights between 40 and 100 cm (1.3 and 3.3 ft) and is capable of rooting at each node. The plant flowers in late summer and produces its seeds in the form of a caryopsis shortly thereafter.[3][4] It is quite similar to and often grows along with the native North American grass (Leersia virginica), but L. virginica lacks the distinctive silver stripe on the center of the leaf that is present on Japanese stiltgrass and also flowers one to two months earlier.


Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna), (formerly Ranunculus ficaria L.) commonly known as lesser celandine or pilewort, is a low-growing, hairless perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae native to Europe and west Asia. It has fleshy dark green, heart-shaped leaves and distinctive flowers with bright yellow, glossy petals. It is now introduced in North America, where it is known by the common name fig buttercup and considered an invasive species.


In Wescott Woods, this invasive proliferates in seasonally wet or flooded wooded areas, and Reston Association will treat in the late winter and early spring upon request.

By Board, Mar 24 2019 01:59PM

Fairfax County Greens Disposal starts in the first week of March each year and ends in the last week of December. See the county website page for acceptable disposal methods


Grass clippings and leaves are to be placed curbside in

- brown paper bags OR

- un-bagged in a personal container clearly marked “yard waste”.


Each tree limb or piece of brush must be no longer than 4 feet in length and 3 inches thick in diameter. Limbs and brush must be bundled with rope or twine for ease of collection and placement into the truck.

Items that are bagged, bundled or placed in your cart may not exceed 50 lb.


Mulch, dirt, rock, and sod can NOT placed curbside.


Clear plastic bags are not preferred, but may be used for yard waste collection are also acceptable at this time. While, clear plastic bags are an acceptable method for collection at this time, they do cause issues at the facility that composts your yard waste.


Black plastic bags will be treated as trash.


American Disposal also notes per household limit of 10 bags of grass clippings/leaves and 10 bundles of limbs or brush per pickup.


By Board, Jul 1 2018 05:04PM

2018 NEIGHBORHOOD WALKTHROUGH


Later in July, the Wescott Woods Board of Directors will be completing our annual Architectural and Landscaping Neighborhood Walkthrough. The purpose of this walkthrough is to identify any items or situations that fall outside our cluster standards, and notify homeowners of items requiring their attention.


Items that often need a little (or a lot of) attention include plants, bushes, or trees that might not have survived the winter or need a little TLC; repair or replacement of driveways, fences, or playground equipment; lawn overgrowth; siding, paint, trim, roofing, and gutters; and items stored outside in plain view (including trash cans and recycling bins).


As a reminder, your home and all items around your home that are visible from the street (front and side angles) should be maintained to the cluster standard.


Following this walkthrough, in the case of any issues, the board will send a letter to the affected homeowner(s). In most cases, the board will simply send a friendly reminder to identify the issue and request the homeowner fix minor issues at the earliest opportunity. In the case of a more serious issue, the board will send a letter to the homeowners notifying them of the violation of our agreed upon cluster standards, and asking them to address the issue within a reasonable timeframe. In rare cases, if no action is taken after a reasonable timeframe, the board may be required to act on behalf of the neighborhood and file a formal complaint with Reston Association. RA would then follow up and take appropriate action. Please note: the Board will not contact RA without first notifying the homeowner.


As a reminder, all homeowners are required to obtain approval from Reston Association’s Design Review Board (DRB) PRIOR to making most changes to the exterior of your home or property. Standards serve to sustain the consistency of design and the attractiveness of the neighborhood.


Even when you are making a change that has an approved standard for our cluster, contacting the RA covenants advisor to confirm the current approval status is strongly advised (especially for big ticket items including siding, paint, roofing, fencing, and decks).


Following the DRB process protects you and your investment. You can find more details here:


RA Cluster Guidelines


Additional RA Cluster Guidelines for Wescott Woods Association



The best way to get started on any change is to contact the Reston Association Covenants Administration office at (703) 435-6530. Wescott Woods’ Covenants Advisor is Trevor Wright.


By Board, Jul 1 2018 04:26PM

2018 FAIRFAX COUNTY GREENS BAGGING METHODS


1. Loose in a Container


The most preferred method of collecting your yard clippings, leaves, and small branches is loose in a container(s) that can be lifted and dumped into our truck.

2. Brown Paper Collection Bags


A compostable paper collection bag, which can be bought at a local home improvement store, will break down organically with the collected yard debris.


PLASTIC BAGS FOR YARD WASTE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED BY FAIRFAX COUNTY IN 2018


AMERICAN DISPOSAL reports that GRASS CLIPPINGS and LEAVES are to be placed curbside in BROWN PAPER BAGS OR un-bagged in a personal container clearly marked “yard waste”. Clear plastic bags used for yard waste collection are also acceptable at this time. While, clear plastic bags are an acceptable method for collection at this time, they do cause issues at the facility that composts your yard waste.


Bundling Methods


Each tree limb or piece of brush must be no longer than 4 feet in length and 3 inches thick in diameter. Limbs and brush must be bundled with rope or twine for ease of collection and placement into the truck.


Items that are bagged, bundled or placed in your cart may not exceed 50 lb. Mulch, dirt, rock, and sod can NOT placed curbside.


DARK PLASTIC BAGS WILL BE TREATED AS TRASH


American Disposal Services will collect a maximum of 10 bags of grass clippings and or leaves, and 10 bundles of brush per pick-up. (There will be an extra charge for additional removal of larger amounts of yard debris that must be scheduled in advance through our customer service center.)


Things to Remember!


- Items that are either bagged OR bundled should not exceed 50 lbs.


- Bundles should not exceed arm length. If you cannot wrap your arms around the the bundled limbs, break it down into multiple bundles


By Board, Jul 1 2018 04:13PM

WESCOTT WOOD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

November 1, 2017


Current Board Members and Terms


Jeff Meister (elected to 3-year term 2015; term will end 2018)

Denise Brien (elected to 3-year term 2016; term will end 2019)

John Janakowski (elected to 3-year term in 2017; term will end in 2020)


Standing ovation for Marnie Schaar who is stepping down after 9 years of service on the board



ACTIONS/DISCUSSION


1. New Operating Budget approved, with no change to current assessments


2. 2017 improvements completed


- Re-landscaped Nightstar Court island


- Pruning and fertilization in the islands/common areas (used Bartlett)


- Planning to continue doing improvements to island common areas in 2018


3. Social & neighborhood activities will be picked up by a new chair


4. Neighborhood directory is being updated and Facebook Page continues


5. Exterior changes:


- Board asks everyone to submit for DRB approval if doing anything on your exterior – even if it is within the approved standard, there are many variables to consider and it is strongly advised to get DRB approval (especially for big ticket items including siding, paint, roof, deck, and fencing)


- If making a change within the cluster standard, you can request “staff approval” to speed the process


6. Exterior light fixtures


- 3-bulb standard approved for the post lamp is too big


- Working with Reston Association to add the 2-bulb option


7. General Reminders:


Reston Association reviews homes for things that are out of standard – if doing any changes/additions that are not in our cluster standard, RA may block the sale of your home


Please keep post lights lit as we do not have any street lights in the neighborhood


8. Cluster communications:


Website: http://www.wescottwoods.moonfruit.com


FaceBook page: @WescottWoodsReston; for discretionary comms and announcements/events (eg, swaps and sales)


Neighbors website (you have to sign up; people post things like handyman recommendations)


PLEASE MAINTAIN YOUR POST LAMPS IN WORKING ORDER. THERE ARE NO STREETLIGHTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND WE DEPEND UPON POST LAMPS FOR LIGHTING AND SAFETY


An electronic copy of the 2017 WWHOA Meeting Notes is available upon request from board@wescottwoods.org


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