I did a stupid thing today. I emailed our HOA board about water use in our complex. We have lots of big shady trees and lumpy lawns, maintained by a landscaping company, paid for with our dues.
I gave them my suggestions, too, of how to reduce some of the turf areas:
I also gave them some resources, like our local water authority’s rebate program, which would pay $2/sqft to remove turf, and a local non-profit who partners with neighbourhood organizations to build gardens.
Why did I bother? Just got myself all worked up over their dismissive and rude reply.
If anyone else out there has power in this kind of situation, please push for change. Lawns are an outdated fashion which costs us too much.
My favourite bit of the board president’s reply?
Because burglars don’t walk on the grass! Pathetic.
We’re moving soon(ish). No more HOAs.