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    The Florida Communi3es of

    Excellence Award represents

    the pinnacle of achievement

    for community associa3ons

    in our state and has recog-

    nized dozens of outstanding

    communi3es throughout

    Florida since its founding in

    2008. This year 6 Leland

    Management communi3es

    were in the nals for the

    Communi3es of Excellence

    Awards. Congratula3ons to:

    Avalon Park, Carriage Pointe,

    Courtyards of Suntree, and

    Stonecrest on their nomina-

    3ons and to Bridgestone at

    Legends and The Lakes of

    Mount Dora on winning their


    In the rst quarter of 2014, the

    Leland Management educa3on

    team has awarded 594 state-

    approved Board Member Cer3-

    ca3ons to community board

    members throughout the state

    of Florida. We are proud of the

    impact our educa3on ini3a3ves

    have had on our communi3es

    and look forward to our next

    series of courses in the sum-

    mer. Visit our website at


    for more info. Spring 3me is always a wonderful 3me of year. It is a

    3me for growth, ac3vity, and a 3me to look forward to

    those summer months. Leland Management has been

    working hard on training and systems to help us pro-

    vide the highest quality management services for all of

    our communi3es. We have been growing as well,

    hiring 10 new team members since January and wel-

    coming many new communi3es to the Leland family.

    Leland has also been ac3ve in working to protect com-

    muni3es against legisla3on that will nega3vely aect

    homeowners throughout the state of Florida. On a

    recent trip to Tallahassee, I met with legislators regard-

    ing the passing of Bills: HB 7037 and SB 1466 which

    are designed to put a stop to eorts by the Florida Bar

    to designate many rou3ne du3es performed by CAMs

    and Boards as the Unlicensed Prac3ce of Law (UPL).

    Without these bills, Associa3ons will be forced to hire

    high-priced lawyers to do the same things CAMs and

    Boards now provide to Associa3ons. It was a produc-

    3ve trip, with posi3ve feedback from all of the legisla-

    tors whom I met. Many thanks to the Board Members

    and residents who came to Tallahassee to join us, or

    have sent le7ers in support of these Bills to their Sena-

    tors or Representa3ve. Your input makes a dier-

    ence! As of April 29th both bills have passed in the

    House and Senate by wide margins and are now being

    sent to the Governor for his approval. Please share

    your support of this legisla3on with the Governor by

    sending a le7er or email at h7p://www.gov.com/


    We have been busy over the winter with our educa-

    3on ini3a3ves. Since January Leland has conduct-

    ed 13 classes and 2 webinars, cer3fying 594 Board

    Members throughout the state. Because these clas-

    ses are in such high demand, we have recently added

    addi3onal courses scheduled for the summer months.

    In the past few months members of Lelands team and

    the communi3es we serve have been honored with

    many awards. We are pleased to announce that two

    of our Community Associa3on Managers: Chad Peck

    and Traci Bradford were selected by the Council of

    Community Associa3on Professionals (CCAP) as two of

    the top 10 managers in the en3re country. Two other

    Leland CAMs, Tracy Durham and Adina Lewis were in

    the top 50. This is very impressive considering there

    are over 18,000 CAMs in Florida alone. We also had 6

    communi3es that were nalists for the Communi3es

    of Excellence Awards. Two of those communi3es,

    Bridgestone at Legends and The Lakes of Mount Dora

    won in their categories. Finally, our Director of CAM

    Development, Christy Borden, has been named as a

    Business Execu3ve of the Year honoree by the Orlando

    Business Journal. Please join me in congratula3ng

    these team members and communi3es for their ac-


    Finally, I would like to thank you for partnering with

    Leland Management for your associa3on management

    needs. We appreciate the trust you ins3ll in us day

    a@er day to keep your associa3ons running smoothly.

    Leland VP named to Florida

    Bar UPL Commi7ee

    Leland Director named OBJ

    Business Execu3ve 2014

    Things Your Burglar

    Wont Tell You

    Rebecca Furlow

  • approximately 3 weeks a@er

    your grass begins to green

    up. Do not apply more than

    3 pounds of nitrogen per

    1,000 sq.@. per year.


    During the spring season St.

    Augus3ne seldom needs irri-

    ga3on due to the spring

    rains. However, if the lawn is

    established, apply irriga3on

    on an as-needed basis. If

    leaf blades turn a blue-gray

    color, look wilted or curled,

    begin to fold over or show

    foot prints from walking in

    the grass Its 3me for irri-


    Dont over water! Apply 3/4

    to 1 of water per week if


    Disease Control

    During the spring and fall

    months you may nd brown

    grass, in circular patches

    called brown patch fungus.

    Brown patch usually hap-

    pens during humid, warm

    weather and is fueled by

    excessive nitrogen. Fungi-

    cides may provide control. A

    be7er method of control is

    to reduce irriga3on and ni-

    trogen, improve drainage

    and air movement through

    the soil.

    Insect Control

    The number one insect pest

    for St. Augus3ne is the

    southern chinch bug. If you

    no3ce yellow spots or

    drought like symptoms in

    sunny loca3ons check for

    chinch bugs.

    Checking for Chinch Bugs

    Take a metal coee can and

    remove the top and bo7om.

    Push the can into the area

    you think may have chinch

    bugs. Fill the can with water.

    If chinch bugs are present

    they should oat. Generally,

    it is recommended to hire a

    professional to treat your St.

    Augus3ne turf for chinch bug



    If your lawn is in need of

    some renova3on, the spring

    3me is the ideal 3me to re-

    sod the area.

    with heavy foot trac, turns

    brown once it is dormant in

    the winter, weed control can

    be dicult, and the worst

    chinch bugs can cause seri-

    ous damage. Here are some

    maintenance sugges3ons

    you may follow during the

    spring months.


    As spring arrives and your St.

    Augus3ne begins to turn

    green, its 3me to start

    mowing the grass. Start by

    mowing your grass o@en, at

    2.5 to 4.0 inches, removing

    no more than 1/3 of the

    leaf blade. By mowing more

    o@en during the growing

    season, you will avoid build

    up of grass clippings.


    Before applying fer3lizer to

    your lawn, it is a good idea

    to get your lawns soil tested

    every 2-3 years. Apply lime if

    the soil test recommends it.

    Apply 1 pound of nitrogen

    per 1,000 sq.@.

    Spring 3me has arrived!

    This means that you will

    be spending more 3me

    outside surveying your

    surroundings and com-

    ple3ng your annual yard

    maintenance. Unfortu-

    nately, even the most

    beau3ful lawns suer

    from sod damage during

    the winter months. Below

    are some helpful 3ps re-

    garding St. Augus3ne sod.

    St. Augus3ne grass is a

    fast growing, widely-

    adapted, warm season

    grass. It grows in a variety

    of soils and pH levels. It is

    also the most common

    turf grass grown and used

    throughout the state of

    Florida. A properly main-

    tained St. Augus3ne lawn

    will produce a dense, lush

    carpet of medium to dark

    green/blue color. It does

    best growing in rich, well-

    drained soil, in a warm

    humid climate. The ad-

    vantages of this turf are

    the green, dark green or

    blue green color. It has

    an overall good salt toler-

    ance, establishes quickly,

    can be started from sod,

    sprigs, or plugs and can

    handle shade. However,

    it does require a lot of

    water, doesnt work well

    By: Christy Borden, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

  • community is what social

    psychologists call the auto-

    pilot eect. The streets in

    our communi3es are famil-

    iar, comfortable path ways

    home and drivers o@en

    switch into an auto-pilot

    mindset and forget to moni-

    tor their speeds in neighbor-

    hoods. O@en speed limit vio-

    lators are unaware they are

    doing so. Your community

    may discuss urging the local

    public works department to

    install radar signs that show

    drivers how fast they are

    going and how to adjust their


    Distribu3ng a friendly re-

    minder with some sta3s3cs

    may prove eec3ve in your

    neighborhood. For example,

    when hit by a vehicle travel-

    ing at 20 mph 9 out of 10

    pedestrians will survive, at

    30 mph only 5 of the 10 will

    survive, and at 40 mph only

    1 of the 10 pedestrians will

    survive. A lack of signage