Mountainview Home Owner Manual


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Sod and Settlements

Homeowners are responsible to water and nurture the sod after installation when the sod is installed after closing. Sod that is alive when installed and subsequently dies will not be repaired by Mountainview Homes. Sod that becomes weak or dies due to improper maintenance is excluded from the statutory warranty.

Whenever possible we will lay sod in the order of closings, so that those who’ve waited the longest after closing to receive their sod are the first to get it. However, in situations where there is a steep slope to the neighbourhood, we will lay sod from a bottom up approach so that water flowing off of a sodded lot doesn’t render the lot ‘down stream’ unworkable for the laying of sod. In all instances, Mountainview commits to installing sod in the spring as quickly and efficiently as possible, and your patience is greatly appreciated.

Some municipalities such as Beamsville prohibit us from laying sod in the peak of the summer season. Lots that should be sodded within this time frame will be sodded once the municipal restrictions are lifted.

An initial two hour watering must take place immediately after sod is installed. Subsequent daily 2 hour (per setting) waterings must occur for the next week or two. Additional watering may be required on a day to day basis if extreme heat and/or sun conditions exist. Once the sod has rooted, watering can be decreased. Early morning watering allows for best results. Gaps or cracks between laid rolls of sod indicate that there is insufficient moisture being applied thus causing the sod to shrink. The sod should grow back into place once proper moisture levels are attained.

Once the sod has taken root the following fertilizer program is recommended. Mid to end of April – apply a high nitrogen fertilizer (eg. 28-4-14) at 1.5 times the rate recommended on the bag. End of May – apply a balanced fertilizer (eg. 15-15-15). End of August to mid September – apply a balanced fertilizer. Mid October – apply a low nitrogen fertilizer (eg. 5-20-20). If grubs are prominent in the area, two applications of a grub killer are a must; one application at the end of April, and one in early to mid September. All of the above applications will require a two hour watering if there is no rain within 24 hours of the application. For all applications of fertilizers, a rotary spreader should be used for even coverage.

To help prevent the spread of weeds such as dandelions, the natural product corn gluten can be applied right after the winter snow has melted. Corn gluten impedes the germination of seeds as they begin to sprout. It is only effective when used before the first signs of weeds. Corn gluten can be purchased in pure form or mixed with fertilizer. It may not be available when the snow melts so it should be purchased in the fall and stored through the winter.

Sod should be cut to 1 ½” to 2” in length. Cutting it shorter than this will cut into the crown of the plant and cause it to look yellow instead of green.

Over time there may be settlements in the yard trapping water after rains and/or lawn watering. These should be filled and resodded or seeded. Standing water by a foundation is an undesirable situation. Water will eventually drain down the foundation wall into the weeping tile causing increased water loading on the weeping tile. Mountainview will return in the spring to fix settlements that occur during the first winter after a home has been completed.

Flower Beds

Installation of flower beds shall be done in a way that will not affect the lot grading or the brickwork on the house. The Building Code requires that flower beds be a minimum of 6” below the brick line to prevent obstructions at the weep holes in the brick.

Boulevard Trees

Boulevard Trees are required as a part of the Development (Subdivision) Agreement with the Municipality, and as such are the responsibility of the Developer to install. Once installed they become the property of the Municipality. Wherever possible Mountainview Homes has struck agreements with the Developers of our various communities to install these trees on their behalf. However, in some of our communities we are not responsible for the installation of these trees.

Where we are responsible or are coordinating the installation on behalf of those responsible, we try to plant the trees either in early spring or late fall. Trees are planted high in heavy soils to keep the roots from becoming saturated during wet periods. Should they die they will be replaced, however this may require a second growing season to confirm.

The Boulevard is the area located between your property line and the curb. This area is owned by the Municipality or Condominium Corporation, and contains various utility services, water mains, wastewater mains, storm sewers, and in some cases sidewalks. Any landscaping or other treatments completed within the boulevard (City or Condominium property) could require removal if the property owners so require. For clarification on where your property ends and the boulevard begins, we suggest you contact a licensed surveyor.

Call Before You Dig

When digging for fence posts, landscaping, etc. home owners MUST call for utility locations. Ontario-One-Call (1-800-400-2255 or www.on1call.com) will arrange for most locates. If they do not do a particular type of locate they will advise home owners on who to contact. This service is free of charge but requires up to 5 working days to complete. No one wants to hit a buried utility. A buried utility could be someone’s lifeline, and/or could cause personal injury or death if severed while digging.

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