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If you have not turned off and drained your backflow preventer (see below article), now is the time to do so. As mentioned in the last two newsletters, if the backflow preventer is damaged, the homeowner is responsible for having it replaced. Results Tree has a special replacement price of $175 plus tax for Windsor Hills homeowners. If you need to replace your backflow preventer, contact the Clubhouse and ask the staff to put you on Results Tree’s list for replacement.

The removal of a wall of yaupon in the Robindale area two years ago revealed approximately 180 trees hidden from view. In coordination with our Firewise effort, we are planning 30 additional trees (Red Bud, Fringe, Butterfly Magnolia, Silver Bells, and Tea) in the Robindale area and in the parking lot area. These different varieties of trees will enhance the appearance of the area.

Town Center will continue to mow every other week until the first of March. It is time to change the mowing schedule for the sections as we do the first of every year. Every section will move forward a day. 

The following is the mowing schedule starting in 
January: East Northcastle (from Thursday to Monday), West Northcastle, Barkley Park, Surrey Run, Lilac Ridge Place, and parts of North Country Gate (from Monday to Tuesday), Charter Club, Country Gate and West Lilac Ridge Place (from Tuesday to Wednesday), and the Robindale area (from Wednesday to Thursday). We do this so each section gets the preferred Thursday every four years. While this might sound confusing, you don’t need to do anything since Town Center knows which day of the week to mow each section. 

Depending on the weather, Town Center will clean gutters in late January. Front yards will be mulched towards the end of February.

This is a slow time of year for landscaping; therefore, there will be no Landscape Committee meeting in January. 


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Freeze Warnings
 To Windsor Hills Homeowners Regarding Freeze Protection for Irrigation System Backflow Prevention Assemblies
  
The Board of Directors determined that the homeowner is responsible for freeze damage to the irrigation backflow prevention assembly.  The following action on your part will help protect the system from freezing.  We recommend that this process begin soon and that you not wait until freezing weather gets here.  Some hand watering may be needed once the irrigation system is inoperative. *
 
1. Where possible, turn off the water going into the backflow assemblies and drain those assemblies.  We have found that most assemblies in Windsor Hills do not have all of the required drain valves so the system may not drain properly. If turning off and draining is not possible, continue to step #2.
 
2. Wrap the backflow preventer of your irrigation system (in your back yard) to insulate it.  This is an upside down U-shaped piece of equipment.
 
3. As an option, in addition to step #2, “heat tape” products designed to be wrapped around pipes and plugged into a 110-volt electrical outlet are available at most hardware stores.  These tapes will activate at about 38 degrees and prevent freezing.

4. If a freeze is forecast for more than a couple of days, it is suggested that pipes be wrapped with additional insulation material such as towels or blankets. 
 
5. Some homeowners have gone so far as to surround the assembly with insulation boards, along with the wraps, and have placed a low-wattage light bulb within the covered area.
 
Request Town Center Landscape to Provide Service.
If you are not able to perform this process yourself, contact the Clubhouse and request Town Center Landscape (TCL) to provide the service. Option 1 ($25) is shutting off the system and draining the lines.  Option 2 ($50) is shutting off the system, draining the lines, and wrapping the system with pipe insulation.  Under both options, TCL will return next spring to make the system ready for use at no additional cost. You will be billed directly by Town Center Landscape for this service!
 

* A detailed drawing and freeze prevention instruction sheet is available at the Clubhouse for the backflow prevention assemblies that are most prevalent in our community.  In some cases, this FEBCO instruction information may be helpful, and in other cases it may be confusing.