Our Mediterranean ecosystem is unique, part of only two percent of the world’s total land area in five small areas around the planet.These areas are characterized by mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers, is moderated by cold ocean currents offshore.Throughout the world, the Mediterranean ecosystem is characterized by evergreen or drought deciduous shrublands. (from National Park Service > Santa Monica Mountains).

Landscape choices effect your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire

The threat of a fast-moving wildfire in Topanga is real: this article explains why. Managing vegetation through hardening and defensible space on and around your property are essential for increasing your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. The LA County Fire Department is authorized to fine owners who do not do so. Potential changes to insurance laws may make premium discounts for effective maintenance possible.

Landscape choices can create a healthy ecosystem

Native plants of our locale conserve water and provide food and shelter for insects, birds, and other wild things. In doing so, they help complete ecological cycles by maintaining a diverse ecosystem, so fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are not needed. (For more information, see the Audubon Society’s Why Native Plants Matter).

Large landscape changes require approval

If you are planning to make substantial changes to your home exterior or lot, you must first submit an application to the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) (see Governing Documents). TOT has underground pipes, cables, and other utility lines that could be easily cut or damaged.

For information on products used by our vendors to manage our common area landscape, contact the Onsite Manager (see Management). 

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