Landscaping, Gardens, Retaining Walls

How Do I Submit for Landscaping, Gardens, and Retaining Walls On My Property?

Information and materials required for your application include:

  • Fill out the Home Improvement Online Form below.
  • Plot plan showing where the improvements will be.
  • Materials to be used and their locations noted on the plan (trees, shrubs, rock, mulch, sod, etc.)
  • Dimensions of retaining walls, planting beds, etc.

If landscape includes fencing, the fence must be submitted separately.

Home Improvement Online Form

Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association Landscaping Rules:

The following information includes excerpts from the Ken-Caryl Ranch Home Improvement Rules and Regulations, which can be found in its entirety on our Governing Documents & Policies page. While we have gathered some information pertinent to your request and complied it here for your convenience, it remains your responsibility to comply with all Master Association and Subassociation governing documents which require Architectural Approval for exterior home improvements.

3.18 Gardens – Flower. Committee approval is not required if area was designated as a flower garden on original approved landscape plan. All flower gardens shall be carefully maintained.

3.19 Gardens – Vegetable. Must be located in a side or back yard. All vegetable gardens shall be carefully maintained. Protective fencing (7 ½’ maximum) is to be installed during the growing season only using black metal posts and black mesh. All fencing must be submitted for approval.

3.22 Irrigation Systems. Underground manual or automatic irrigation systems will not require Committee approval. No extensions of irrigation systems will be allowed in the open space.

3.23 Landscaping. (See Landscape Guidebook for landscape planning suggestions.)
Any form of landscaping, such as retaining walls, sidewalks, gravel, rock, impervious surface material, structures, grass, trees, and shrubbery shall have Committee approval prior to installation, and thereafter be carefully maintained. The Committee seeks to achieve an aesthetically pleasing balance of turf, planting and hardscape material within the lot and neighborhood. Consideration should be given to plant materials that do not require excessive water and to locating plants away from buildings to avoid excessive moisture around foundations. Submittals shall include complete descriptions of materials and colors, including plantings and dimensions, as applicable.
All yards shall be kept free from plants infected with insects or diseases, which in the opinion of the Committee, are likely to spread to other areas.
All yards shall be kept free from weeds. No perimeter concrete edging is permitted, except to delineate planting beds. Submittal shall include color of concrete edging to coordinate with predominate ground material in planting beds.

3.24 Latticework. Committee approval is required when used for screening on patios, under decks, etc.

3.20 Gazebos. A Gazebo is generally a detached, open, six to eight sided structure. Gazebos must be submitted for approval on an individual basis. The submittal shall include a site plan of the property, as well as an elevation plan of the structure showing materials and dimensions.

3.21 Hot Tubs. Must be an integral part of an approved landscape, patio or deck plan.

Artificial Turf. Artificial turf is a viable alternative to natural turf in certain applications. Products on the market make this turf indistinguishable from natural turf when viewed from a distance. The winter months when natural turf lies dormant, creates an issue when viewed as a streetscape. It is on this basis that
the following guidelines shall apply:
1. Artificial turf shall only be used in backyard applications.
2. A landscape buffer shall surround the turf area.
3. Pile height will be a minimum of 1.75”.
4. Color will be compatible with natural turf and be dual, tri or quad color.
5. A sample of the proposed turf shall be submitted for review – 1” square minimum.

Alternate uses for artificial turf (i.e. putting greens, bocci courts, etc.) will also be considered.

3.25 Lights and Lighting. Exterior. Committee approval is not required for exterior lighting if installed in accordance with the following: Exterior lights must be conservative in design and be as small in size as is reasonably practical. Exterior lighting shall be directed down and towards the house and shall be of low wattage to minimize glare to adjacent properties. If using CFL or LED lighting, a warm white 2700-3000k is recommended. Lighting for walkways should be directed to the ground. Lighting fixtures should be dark colored so as to be less obtrusive. Low voltage lighting offers safety advantages over conventional house voltage systems. Any variance or use of high wattage spotlights or flood lights requires Committee approval.

4.05 Protective Fencing/Reflective Posts. In an effort to keep fencing consistent and still provide opportunity for plant and property protection, the following was adopted by the Architectural Committee.
Fencing to protect plant material from damage by wildlife will be allowed under the following conditions:
– For garden fencing, see section 3.19.
– Enclosure size may not be more than 1′ away from and 1′ taller than the height of planting.
– All plantings must be individually fenced (no mass enclosures are permitted for berms, flower beds, etc.).
– Heavy gauge weld wire (no chicken wire) and plastic netting (black color encouraged) are allowed.
Reflector posts (professionally manufactured) to define private driveways in snow conditions will be allowed under the following guidelines:
– Allowed only November 15 – April 15; reflector posts must be removed after April 15.
– Must be well maintained.
– Must be kept a minimum of 15-20′ apart.
– Are not allowed along sidewalks – only driveways.
– May not exceed 30″ in height, after installation

Questions? Contact Jenny Bernal at jennyb@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 113.

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