New Resident Orientation by Mark Bigaouette # 59
Class and handout by; Mark Bigaouette # 59. I have been here every winter since Feb. 1997, when my parents bought the house. ( both have passed away, and my brother Dean and I own the home now ) I do not represent the Association board, or any committee. Most of these groups will have upcoming meeting to explain about who they are and what role they play here at Meridian Manor.
NEW Resident Orientation class
1. My number one suggestion : GET INVOLVED !!! As most of you know, this is a wonderful place to live. Don't sit in your house waiting for the world to come to your door. ( unless you are having a party ! ) Join our many activities, or request to start a new one that interests you ! A fairly new resident told me; living at Meridian Manor is like being on a cruise, the weather is great, and there is so much to do all the time !
6. Pets – are allowed here at MM, however same story as the pool. If things get out of hand, rules will come into force. Please make sure your cats don't roam. Please control the barkingof your dogs. When taking your dog on a walk, you MUST pick up after your dog ( poop ). Volunteers have placed plastic bags in containers found on posts around the club house. Take a bag if you need one. Please do not leave dog dropping in these containers ! Take this to your home and dispose of it there.
Be thankful for all the trees and green in our community, when they started MM they scraped everything away, we had nothing green here, no trees, no bushes, nothing. No birds, no wildlife, nothing but dust, and a whole lot of dust !! My poor mother about lost her mind cleaning.
9. Yard, almost everyone has a dip-system to water trees, and bushes in your yard. Only native desert items can survive with-out watering. Wrap or paint white the lower part of the bark of new fruit trees, ( the extreme sun and heat in the summer does great damage )
Weeds are a big issue ! I highly recommend you use a pre-emergent weed preventer. This can be sprayed on, or as a granular ( Preen, etc ). Or you can pay a service to spray your yard. You will get a letter from our management service if your yard is a mess. ( then a fine ! ) Watering is much more effective when your tree or bush has a moat around it to keep the water in.
Frequent short watering causes the roots to stay close to the surface, much better to water less often and longer. So; 4 times a week for 15 minuets is bad, twice a week for 30 minutes is much better. Do check out your system before leaving for the summer. It is very common for the spray heads to fly off, check for leaks, etc.
Junking up your yard with lots of stuff is against our Architectural guidelines.