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Please remember, parking only on the side of the street WITHOUT
the yellow line at the curbside.
Our private streets are slightly narrower than VDOT specification, and the parking restriction allows larger delivery vehicles access to the neighborhood, and more importantly, emergency vehicles access, such as fire and ambulance.
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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, 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:
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.
2019 Invasive Plant Control
Invasive plants continue 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 slow to react with so many problem areas to attend to.
The pre-emergent will help to control the spread so that you can manageably 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. 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.
BULK TRASH DISPOSAL CHANGES
American Disposal Service (ADS) has implemented new trucks with mechanical arms/claws to pick up our trash without manual labor.
Thus, for trash that does not fit into our trash carts we must follow the below instructions from ADS…
“Per your request here is some information about bulk collection at your HOA. Bulk collections are picked up on Friday. Resident are required to call in 24 hours before to customer service 703.368.0500. Bulk white goods like stove, fridge, washers / dryers are chargeable items that require payment before pick up and the pick up days for white goods are on Tuesday. Residents are required to call in 24 hours before to customer service 703.368.0500. They can also utilize our website www.americandisposal.com for further assistance”
Note: the above instructions are for trash (not recycling). We (Board) are in the process of following-up with ADS to understand if they have implemented these new trucks for recycling as well.
NEW EXTERIOR LIGHTING STANDARDS
In a recent 11/12/2019 letter, Reston Association (RA) approved new exterior lighting standards for Wescott Woods. As you replace your tired fixtures, check out the approved styles.