Thank you to everyone who’s expressed your support in here and irl!
I’m also open to criticism. If you disagree with any of the points I bring up, here’s a great place for heartfelt debate.
Some memos that missed mention in my main missive:
-Episode I: The Bagworm Menace
I must add another insect species to my kill list- Lepidoptera Psychidae, aka: Bagworms. They enjoy eating our evergreens, and also find delicious a few of our deciduous. This caterpillar chews off bits of host plants to form their bag- so it’s easy for untrained eyes to mistake it for a small pine cone or other healthy plant structure. Bags start teeny tiny and grow up to 2 inches. In high quantities, they can stress trees to death.
–> Next year pre-season we should maybe apply a chemical control to reduce their numbers. (I still need to research which chemicals would hopefully not injure our other awesome & beneficial insect residents)
–> For now, I say Pluck ’em all!
If you see me squatting by a spruce, or jumping into a juniper, that’s most likely what I’m after.
–>Take a few minutes to stare into your bush- if you notice any brown/gray dangling things, please let me know so I can give them a nice pluck!
A handful of units have had issues with trash/recycle not getting picked up.
Our current contract with Republic includes them fetching our cans, but they need clear access – they won’t risk scratching vehicles. If unable to leave a clear path, it might be necessary to bring cans to the curb the night before pickups.
If you get skipped & are up to your nose with it, please let me know ASAP. I should be able to redistribute some of the wealth of garbage into the cans of neighbors who are out of town, to help tide you over till the next pickup.
(If we have M W F pickups again next year- encourage Saturday turnovers to take out as much trash as possible Thursday night, so they don’t leave a massive pile for the next tenants.)
Do you want bigger cans? Please let me know- I’d love to order you a beautiful new pair!
-Fill all your holes, ya digg?
Please remind your guests to flatten out their excavations before exiting the area. Holes might seem obvious to avoid during the day, but as shadows lengthen- they become much less noticeable. It’s already REALLY easy to trip in sand- no need to add extra obstacles.
-Silly String? I don’t buy it. It’s neither silly nor string. “Stupid Foam” might be a more apt label. “3 minutes of fun, 3 weeks of clean up!” (You should also not buy it.)
-Spread some seeds: If you see a cool plant that’s seeding, grab a handful and spread them where we could use more plants.
-Save your trim: When you do any trimming or weeding- spread the plant material in a line along the dune fence to help hold some sand (as long as there are no spiked seed pods).
Or just leave a visible pile, and I’ll spread it on.
I really appreciate the tips from concerned neighbors about glass breakage, improper parking practices, poop-leaving poopyheads, noise nuisances, and unrelenting upwind smoke sources. It helps to have extra eyes & ears thru out the neighborhood.