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Old 03-14-2013, 09:39 AM
 
Location: NC
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see attached picture ( picture is very small, the area is the strip of land near the mail box bordered in blue), I plan to mow and put some garden soil and throw the wild flower seeds in this place, hoping it will be a nice bed of flowers right in front of the house ? Is it allowed to plant in this are of the front yard? your suggestions please, my HOA is asking for a ARC request!, but i want to get your opinion.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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I don't know what an ARC request is, but it is very unusual to plant things in that area because it is usually a utility access area and your property line doesn't extend to the street. And from a design standpoint, it is better to plant things closer to the house because it draws the eye away from the street and to the house. Nice house, by the way.

I see you're in NC. Do you get snow? Do your roads get sat treatment? If they do, that is always a big problem for anything growing right along the road.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:05 AM
 
Location: NC
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nope, we don't get snow, we get excited every time there is a chance of snow, but its been a while we got some where you can build a snowman! Yes, it is kind of unusal to plant there, but thought it will be cool and "unusal" to see flowers in that area which is always some plain grass!
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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You need to carefully review your HOA covenants/by-laws and look at your plat map and see if that strip is part of the public right of way.

Your HOA by-laws will be the last word on what you can do there.

If they're asking for an ARC on flowers, you don't have much hope. They sound pretty strict.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:09 PM
 
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I just think it's a bad idea. It's not much fun tending to plants nearest to the street. I know I tend to neglect anything far down the front yard.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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OMG I used to live in a historic neighborhood, and we had an ARB (architecture review board). I bet the ARC is something similar. Architecture Review Council?

I think if you are planting wildflowers, there are flowers which will grow almost anywhere...But do you think your new neighbors are the kind who are going to let you have a mini wildflower meadow in the front of your house? They may feel these "wild" flowers are bringing down their "property value."

If it were in the back, you might be able to get away without asking anything, but in the front they can probably destroy anything you planted or charge you money. I would follow the rules and make the formal request. You'll probably need a drawing of your proposed changes, which may help you by forcing you to come up with a more defined plan for the proposed plantings.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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see attached picture ( picture is very small, the area is the strip of land near the mail box bordered in blue), I plan to mow and put some garden soil and throw the wild flower seeds in this place, hoping it will be a nice bed of flowers right in front of the house ? Is it allowed to plant in this are of the front yard? your suggestions please, my HOA is asking for a ARC request!, but i want to get your opinion.

The area you want to plant is called a "Hell Strip" and it is becoming increasingly popular to intentionally plant it as a garden. The location you have looks like it would need a lot of care to keep the plants watered enough. If there is built in irrigation it certainly can be planted with sun loving plants. It sounds like your "plan" however isn't a plan if all you want to do is throw wild flower seeds and hope. Most HOA's are pretty anti anything but standard landscaping and that would be a far cry form what is permitted. Those meadows in a can/box aren't an instant garden and usually look like a weed patch with some flowers mixed in.

If you want to plant a real garden and need to show what that could look like here are a few very different looking samples of what you can do:


taken from here: Taming the ‘Hell Strip’ | Garden Walk, Garden Talk





taken from here:
Sidewalk Garden



taken from: A not-so-humble hell strip - Fine Gardening
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:57 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Beautiful! I love the tulips.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Architectural Review Committee. They can make you take them out. Or you will get fined so much per day, then when it adds up too high they put a lien on your house. Not worth the hassle.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:30 AM
 
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I can't imagine you'd be allowed to plant there. It just usually isn't done. Even in older established neighborhoods with no HOA it's just not usually done, because, as Wms and Tina said, it's a right of way/easement area for utilites and technically not your property.

It's one of those technicalities pretty much everywhere, that it's not your property but you have to "maintain" it.

I hope it isn't news to you that your HOA and ARC -- could have some VERY RESTRICTIVE rules about what you can to with your poperty -- the actual home and landscaping.. You could end up having to ask permission for practically any darn thing you want. You'd be surprised how picayune it can get.
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