Spring Compliance Team Report

As usual, the majority of HOA covenant compliance issues involve weeds in homeowners’ yards. Isn’t it amazing how fast weeds reappear as soon as warm weather returns? Warm weather has returned, so please check your yard, including the space between the sidewalk and street for weeds. Thank you to most homeowners who do a great job controlling weeds. Not only does “going weedless” improve the appearance of our community, it also helps maintain property values.

There are several alternatives to controlling weeds.

  • Weed burning with a propane torch is fast, but may be fairly short-lived because burning does not prevent new weeds and then the burner will be needed again.
  • Weed killer chemicals can be used, but be careful handling them.
  • Lawn care companies offer weed prevention services at a reasonable price. The service I use sprays once in the spring and it lasts the whole year.
  • Finally, there is pulling weeds by hand using a variety of hand tools. When using this method, make sure to pull the root as well as the weed so the weed does not regrow.

Although weeds comprise the majority of covenant violations, the Compliance Team also monitors compliance with other HOA covenants. Issues include vehicles parked in yards, RVs parked at a house for extended periods of time, and stored vehicles – ones that have not left the HOA at least once every thirty (30) days. Please respect your neighbors and park your vehicles in accordance with HOA covenants: https://7barnorthhoa.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Seven-Bar-North-Covenants.pdf

If you are interested in participating in the compliance effort, please contact Corder and Company (505-896-7700) or submit a volunteer opportunity form: https://7barnorthhoa.com/hoa-committee-information/hoa-volunteer-opportunities/.

March 505 Outside Newsletter


March 2022

Maintenance is the word of the month! Prep for spring by checking your irrigation system, cleaning up around the plants you tucked in for the winter, and aerating turf areas. Sign up for a 3 Steps to Landscape Success class to learn more.  We know you won’t be able to resist buying plants this month, so we’re showing you the proper way to install them and keep them healthy.

Solid Waste Management Department Offers Spring Green Waste Pickup

Green Waste pickup is a free service offered to Solid Waste customers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Starting Monday, May 3rd, the City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Management Department’s (SWMD) Spring green waste collection will begin and will run through Friday, May 14th. SWMD will pick up residential green waste at no additional charge.

“Our Spring green waste collection program is an incredible opportunity for Solid Waste customers to have their green waste collected free of charge.” stated Matthew Whelan, Director of Solid Waste Management Department. “A key benefit of this program is reuse. Currently, the green waste collected is mulched and used to help provide soil protection at the Cerro Colorado Landfill.”

Solid Waste customers should have their green waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular trash collection day. All green waste must be placed 5 feet from trash and recycling containers as well as any large items scheduled for pick-up.

Solid Waste customers must place their green waste such as leaves, grass, and brush in trash bags. Each trash bag should not weigh more than 40 pounds. Customers that have branches must cut them to four-foot lengths and bundle them securely. Green waste should not be placed in your recycle cart.

The following items will not be picked up:

  • Dirt
  • Construction debris
  • Gravel
  • Construction material
  • Tree stumps

For more information call 311, TTY 711, or visit http://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste

Spring Service Tips and Watering Recommendations

From the April 2021 Newsletter:
It’s officially spring, which means irrigation time is here! It’s our second watering season in a row of drier and warmer conditions, and we’re in a Drought Watch. While it’s important to start watering plants now, don’t overdo it. Your monthly usage should only be two to four times higher than it is in the winter season. Meanwhile, do your best to avoid water waste. Runoff from over-watering is a big culprit, but making updates to your irrigation system can improve efficiency. Generous rebates are available!

For additional landscaping tips and to subscribe to the newsletter, visit the 505Outside website.

Plant Selection of the Month


Exposure: Sun/Shade
Water: Medium
Height and Spread: 6″ x 6″
Blooming Season: Spring
The Crocus is a brilliant addition to any landscape. It is one of the earliest bulbs to arrive and provides the first color to your landscape. The Crocus fits well in most landscapes because it can be found in various colors and sizes. It is easy to grow and care for and will return the following spring.