Landscape Committee Updates: Annuals/Perennials

There are as many as twelve homeowners who have been involved with developing the planting palette suitable for areas in our development. We have been following the RGA recommendations of introducing more perennials that require less water than annuals. You can see examples of this at the corner of Cook and Fairway, the ingress and egress at the gate area and the planter bed seen immediately inside the gate.

This fall we will discuss the annual color. I have requested from Leon’s a list of perennials that we can use in addition to the annual color. Our annual color lasts six months and then is removed, leaving six months of bare dirt. Leon’s Landscaping is preparing a proposal in addition to a listing of plants that the committee will discuss in a meeting. We are ever-mindful of budgetary constraints and of course, this is an important consideration.

— Bruce

Response to a Homeowner: Landscaping Update

Irrigation
We have replaced many standard irrigation water sprayers with the MP Rotator, which reduces the number of stations and has a controlled spray.  It also has a Weather Reach Signal that communicates via satellite and controls the amount of flow of water.  Some tweaking of the MP Rotators has occurred to get optimum use of the new system.

Lighting
The Dorado Villas wiring system is old.  In mid-July we will start to convert to LED lamps, where possible, which will use less electricity and last longer.  We have a certified electrician assisting in the identification of outages and required parts.

Trees
We have many old and in some cases dying trees that need replacing.  This is done on a walk-through basis with Leon’s (our landscape maintenance company).  A year ago we had a landscape design firm (RGA) review our plantings and design. When replacements of trees occurs, we have been using RGA’s recommendations for the kind of trees that work well in our desert community.  With each replacement, we have needed to cut an area around the tree for watering.  Trees do not need as much water as grasses do, so adjustments are being made for optimum water regulation.

Lawns
The grasses in Dorado Villas are essentially Bermuda and Rye.  In the fall, Leon’s Landscaping scalps the Bermuda grass (cutting it very low to the ground) followed by Rye grass seeding.  Unfortunately, included in grasses are weeds.  The weed seeds arrive via the air and from lawn mowers.  When mowers are used at different developments, the mowers can pick up a variety of weeds. For example, you may see Nut Grass growing in lots of places in our development.  These are the very fast growing wider blade of grass that grow several inches a day during the summer.  We have waited until this time of year to spray this weed and others.  The spraying for Nut Grass began recently.  Nut Grass is the most invasive weed on the planet with no effective remedy for permanent elimination.

— Bruce

July HOA Payments – Q&A

As we transition to The Management Trust company, here are a few steps that you will need to take to get your monthly payment to the right place. Some of the information below was in a June 26, 2017 letter sent to you from The Management Trust, but we are repeating it just to make sure we get the message out.

Checks

For the future, please use this address:

Dorado Villas Homeowners Association
c/o PO Box 80293
City of Industry, CA 91716-8293

If you mailed your July payment to the old address, it will be forwarded to The Management Trust.

Electronic Funds Transfer

While we haven’t changed banks, our bank requires The Management Trust to get a new authorization for each Dorado Villas HOA homeowner who wishes to use electronic funds transfer for paying their dues. This authorization form was included in the June 26 letter from The Management Trust. The July payment may take some time for the authorization form to get processed, so please return it with your voided check as soon as possible. The Management Trust does not charge for electronic funds transfers.

Other Payment Options

The Management Trust also offers these new payment options.

e-check

You can pay from an online bill payment service such as your bank or Quicken. To do this, contact Toni Fogh-Andersen at The Management Trust (see below) to receive your account number. It is also best to include your address in the memo section of your check. The Management Trust charges $1.50 to process a payment made by e-check.

Credit Card

To pay via credit card, contact Toni Fogh-Andersen at The Management Trust (see below) to obtain your account number. Then you can use the automated system at 760-776-5100, extension 8050. The Management Trust charges 2.75% of the total payment when using this method.

Payment  via The Management Trust portal

You will soon be receiving login information for the The Management Trust portal where you can pay by credit card or e-check. The fees for e-check and credit card payments described above will also apply when you pay via the portal.

We will not be charging late fees during this transition but we appreciate your cooperation on these payment changes.

We hope to make this as smooth a transition as possible.

If you have any questions or problems regarding any of these payment methods, please contact:

Toni Fogh-Andersen
Phone: 760-776-5100 ext. 6323
Email (Toni.Fogh-Andersen@managementtrust.com).

Thank you for patience and support as we work with The Management Trust to work for us.

Your Dorado Villas Board of Directors,

Jan, Bruce, Pam, Joe and Kathleen