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Around the Grounds in Bailiwyck, by George A. Ellis
Posted on Nov 15th, 2016

You had to have noticed the inside of the Gringley/Pleasant berm as you drove or walked by it. We had it cleaned up by removing all old and dying shrubs and adding single-hammered wood mulch. If you haven’t seen it in a few months, go look.
 
The playground received a fresh layer of “Tumble-Safe” mulch. Those with little children can attest to the need of this rehab. Also, with the help of resident Drew Garrett we replaced all of the swing seats. After discussing it at length we’re planning to re-stain the playset next year since we need to prioritize the use of our budgeted funds elsewhere.
 
You may ask, “Why did you remove that old Pine Tree by the cabana on Sheepwash Bridge?!” If you haven’t asked, you may. This ancient pine had been there since Bailiwyck’s dam was created. It was picturesque and cooled the cabana somewhat. The problem with it was that the aquatic experts told us not to have any trees on the earthen dam. They say it’s been proven that a tree’s root system will create waterway leaks in, and weaken, the earthen dam in time. Since the tree was nearing the end of its lifespan we felt we should be proactive and remove the tree now before it was a problem. We’ll miss the picturesque look but not have to worry about the potential cost and disruption if it created larger problems.
 
Wildbrook Pond remains a focus of our discussions. For months we’ve been contacting several pond management companies to get their recommendations. We’ve identified the major problem areas and recommended solutions. Unfortunately, none of the remedies are “easy fixes” and most are very expensive. We are in the process of forming a plan to handle the issues in a logical, progressive and affordable way. As it looks now, we feel we understand the aquatic weed problem and know what will be needed for next year’s warm weather bloom and control it in the future.
 
We’ve been asked about the ugly Leyland Cypress trees along the south side of the entrance for some time and may do something about them next year. Most importantly, they are not our trees. Although we’ve had virtual communications with their owner, we cannot do anything about them. We feel the Leylands will continue to deteriorate and eventually need to be replaced. We’re therefore looking into the practicality and cost of making a proactive move by planting Nelli Stevens Hollies on our side of the property line to eventually block the Leylands and give us more control over the entrance aesthetics.
 
We have a few more issues we’re working on and will update you as they become more viable. As always, if you’d like to join us, just let us know, we’re always welcoming.
 
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