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Landscaping Policies

‘Common Area’ and Gardening in Rossmoor

All areas outside your manor, atrium or patio are considered “common area.” Placing items or gardening in common areas is not allowed. This is for many reasons: sometimes pots or decorations can block sprinklers; personal items can cause obstacles for maintenance and fire personnel; or your neighbors may not enjoy your unique decorations as much as you do. Sometimes well-meaning residents can also plant detrimental or invasive plants or inadvertently cause damage to the landscape or structures.

For those that enjoy gardening, Rossmoor has garden plots and an active garden club. For more information or to inquire about available plots, visit the Garden Club website.

Feeding Birds and Wildlife

One of the joys of living in Rossmoor is the abundance of wildlife. Some of the most commonly spotted wildlife in Rossmoor includes California Mule Deer, Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, turkeys, coyotes, Canadian Geese, Red-Tailed Hawks, Horned Owls, Barn Owls, Hummingbirds and a variety of birds, including California’s state bird, the quail.

For your safety and theirs, feeding wildlife is strictly prohibited. This is for resident safety because feed attracts rodents, which can then establish a permanent home near your manor. Wild animals such as squirrels, raccoons and deer also carry diseases, as well as ticks and fleas.

This is also for wildlife protection because animals may acclimatize to humans and lose their natural fear, which is essential for survival. If they become aggressive, they may be captured and killed. Additionally, when fed by humans they may lose their innate ability to provide for themselves. Therefore, we ask for your help in keeping wildlife wild.

Liquid hummingbird feeders are the only type of bird feeder permitted and it must be placed within your private-use area. Seed and any other type of food are not allowed.

Birdbaths are prohibited because if water is not changed frequently, mosquitos can breed and expose residents to mosquito-borne illnesses.