Below is an update on the recent renovations in the main median islands and berm.
The renovations for the median islands along Brookwood and Overbrook and the berm occurred over the Summer. New nose island plantings were installed during the month of June and beginning of July along Brookwood and Overbrook. The berm received new pockets of plants both in the Fall, 2013 and Spring, 2014 with plant installations up through mid-July. The Summer was an unusual one for the weather which has been a blessing and a curse for the new landscape. The cool weather kept the theme shrubs from blooming along Brookwood and the large tree installation along the berm took its toll on the existing grass. The landscape is in a state of flux and will continue to improve as time allows. The new plantings will take 3 years to establish and flourish. The shrubs and perennials will continue to fill in and acclimate to their new location. As they fill in and acclimate, they will also begin to flower consistently. Below are specific descriptions of the new landscape along Brookwood, Overbrook and the berm. The renovation will continue through Spring of next year.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN ALONG BROOKWOOD
The hypericum (St. John’s Wort, Sunburst) is planted in an “S” shape and will provide a blue green color throughout the season and yellow flowers in Summer that appear to be a sunburst, hence its name. The swoop of the juniper will provide the soft texture change and year-round interest. Annual displays will continue to evolve each season and will add the pop of color during the Summer. The liriope border is the unifying theme that is repeated throughout that ties the landscape together along Brookwood.
The fountain area is the center focal point for the development. The new wall plantings of boxwood and Forest Pansy Redbud with liriope in front of the walls provide framework to the stone walls and allow for the stone to be appropriately featured as originally intended. New benches and stone urns add interest to the center fountain island.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN ALONG OVERBROOK
Median island nose plantings along Overbrook provide a backdrop to the perennial plantings at the nose tips. The colors harmonize with the flowering Big Bang Spirea which is the theme shrub planted in an ”S” shape along Overbrook. The Big Bang Spirea is the largest, most showy blooming spirea available today. This spirea has been genetically improved over the traditional spirea and will provide multi-season interest with red new growth in Spring, huge pink flowers throughout the Summer and red and orange color in the Fall. The juniper groupings provide the light feathery texture and Winter interest and the planting is framed with liriope.
New understory plantings of groundcover add a pop of whimsy to the pattern along Brookwood and Overbrook. This addition replaces the juniper beds that had died because of age and shade. These new plantings are clean and future maintenance will be reduced without needing to prune the aged junipers.
This has been an ongoing challenge as the berm is where the majority of the Imprelis damage took its toll. The new landscape has been interspersed throughout the existing plantings along the berm. The introduction of new ridge plantings along the top of the berm with evergreens and then a middle zone of flowering shrubs and ornamental trees can be seen as one approaches from the west along 119th Street. This pattern will be extended the entire length of the berm and will add the screening that was beginning to be lost with the age and deterioration of the existing evergreens, both from the Imprelis damage and the deteriorated utility of the trees due to age.
The evergreens that were removed from the berm were replanted in areas of open zones so that the new plantings had the necessary sunlight that was needed to grow. The new trees will take 3 to 5 years to re-establish and grow.
The flowering ornamentals that once graced the berm were at the end of their life span and have been replanted with new flowering trees to continue the Spring flowering and seasonal interest.
Shrub plantings were a new addition to the berm to provide more seasonal interest. It will take 3 years for the new shrubs to reach their mature size.
As each area of the berm is replanted, the turf areas can be restored once appropriate trees have been removed and new trees added to the ridge line of the berm. In some areas where there is bare dirt now and existing trees with no sunlight, groundcover will be added to stop the erosion.
The State Line berm has been planted in pockets where holes were visible and homes were losing their screening. Additional plantings will be added to fill gaps along State Line next Spring.
Homeowners along the berm have been encouraged to add plants along their rear property line so that there is double screening along 119th Street and State Line.
Your renovation team is working hard to keep Hallbrook a premier property in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. We’re excited about the changes and look forward to watching the transformation take place as the plants mature to show off the neighborhood to its full potential and glory.
The Tiehen Group, Inc.
3401 College Boulevard #250
Leawood, KS 66211
We wanted to give you an update with regard to the renovation of the common areas. We have made substantial progress. We still have much to accomplish.
Work is continuing on the following areas for installation this Spring:
The Brookwood Islands
The Overbrook Islands
The Berms and Entrances
The Summer Annuals (To be installed at the Island noses/tips as installation is completed)
Some of the installations have been delayed due to weather and limited availability of certain plantings. We are still optimistic that the foregoing areas will be installed before the weather turns too hot for prudent planting. The Design Renovation Committee have been working tirelessly to ensure the execution of the design plan. The Team has done and continues to do a fabulous job and we owe them our many thanks.
Richa Saha – Board Member – Chair
Kim Sorenson – Ochsner Hare & Hare
Robyn Schmitz – High Prairie
David Stolberg – Raintree Lawn & Irrigation
Chi Chi Puhl – Board Member
We have received numerous favorable and appreciative comments from the residents and outside visitors. We believe the improvement have a positive impact on the Hallbrook community as a whole, and also will help improve home values, which are still struggling from the real estate downturn experienced over the past few years.
We believe the overall design and renovations creates an excitement in Hallbrook. We have observed that some of you have caught the fever with lots of activity at some of your homes with spruce up/clean up projects. Any landscaping projects you have for review and approval of the Design Review Committee, please know that we will work with you to get your home and surrounding area updated as quickly as possible. We are thrilled to see the activity. Catch the fever!
The Tiehen Group
Hallbrook was impacted by the application of Imprelis, a herbicide manufactured by DuPont, to the common areas, and as a consequence over 650 of our trees were damaged. As a follow-up to the presentation at the Annual Homes Association meeting last Fall, the exciting renovations to the common areas are continuing. As you may recall, some of the plantings associated with the renovation commenced on the berm last Fall; and the planned renovations will continue on the berm in Spring 2014, as well as renovations at the circle/ fountain area, the islands along Brookwood Ave. and, potentially, other common areas depending on the weather.
Your Design Renovation Committee has been diligently working to expedite implementation of the overall design and plan over the next planting seasons, including Spring and Fall 2014 and 2015. The members of the Design Renovation Committee are listed here.
As you drive through the neighborhood and particularly around the current areas where work is being done, please slow down so that the installation can be completed safely.
Again, we believe the renovations will energize the neighborhood and create excitement in our subdivision to help keep Hallbrook one of the premier properties in the Midwest.
Hallbrook is monitoring trees that may have been affected by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), which is an invasive, non-native insect that feeds on Ash Trees, and ultimately causes them to die. The beetle is metallic green in color and approximately one half-inch in length. Hallbrook is currently working on a plan to deal with its 400+ Ash Trees in the common areas.
Hallbrook’s approach is consistent with the City of Leawood’s EAB plan. Please see this link for more information.