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IHCA Rules Reminder: Plant & Landscape Bed Standards

By June 21, 2021IHCA
IHCA landscape standards

As you prep your landscaping for summer, be aware of the following Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) standards for plants and landscape beds. If you have any questions, please email the IHCA or call 425-427-9257.

Plant Standards:

  • All plant material shall be maintained in an orderly state, trimmed, and neat in appearance. Selective pruning techniques must be utilized. Topping of trees is prohibited.
  • Vegetation shall not encroach on sidewalks, trails, driveways, or any pedestrian right-of-way. The IHCA may prune encroaching plant material without consent. Trees overhanging sidewalks shall be kept trimmed at least 8 feet above the walkways to facilitate pedestrian use.
  • Dead plants should be removed immediately and then replaced during appropriate growing season (spring or fall). Dead is classified as more than 50% of the plant is without leaves or exhibits dead foliage.
  • Low hedges used as screens shall have a maximum height of 42 inches. Plant material used for “living fences” made up of trees or shrubs on the sides or back of yard must not exceed 8 feet in height.
  • Evergreen plant materials shall be used to screen exposed house foundations.
  • Trees and large shrubs should be located to avoid blocking views from interior rooms or adjacent properties.

Bed Standards:

  • Weeds in any landscape bed must be minimal and kept under control.
  • Mulch or bark must be maintained at a minimum of 1-inch depth to control weeds and conserve water; 2-3 inches is recommended.
  • Refer to the Architectural Guidelines “Neighborhood Types” for the intended feel of the neighborhood and plantings.

Read the complete IHCA Community-Wide Standards here >>