Landscaping Guidelines

The Oak River Subdivision is one of the most desirable locations to live in Troy.  One factor that separates our subdivision from most is the care and attention that Oak River homeowners demonstrate in maintaining their landscaping. 


During the past 6 years the Oak River Subdivision Association Board of Directors has replaced the entrance signs, refurbished the entrance stone walls, enhanced the entrances plantings, installed new lighting, refurbished 3 commons area bridges, in 2021 rehabilitated the Oak River Dam and Spillway and erected 2 Free children Libraries. In the spirit of maintaining the appearance and desirability of our subdivision, the board has compiled a list of landscaping guidelines that represent the common practices of Oak River homeowners.


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  1.  Lawn should be relatively weed free and should not be overrun with weeds, especially dandelions in the spring. Re-seed areas of dead or stressed grass in the fall or spring.

  2.  Cut lawn weekly or as required to maintain an appearance consistent with our neighborhood.  Gardens are to be planted in the rear of the property.

  3.  Water lawn as necessary to minimize plant stress during the summer. Watering systems shall be used during the non-peak hours of 11 pm to 5 am.

  4.  Cover defined plant beds with plastic or fabric weed barriers.  Apply mulch around plant beds and bushes and remove weeds from plant  beds.

  5.  Edge lawn adjacent to paved surfaces (sidewalks, driveway and road curb).

  6.  Prune shrubs and bushes to prevent an overgrown appearance.

  7.  Prune tree branches and shrubs to avoid interference with pedestrian sidewalks.

  8.  Prune or remove landscaping near the intersection of driveways and sidewalks to prevent blind spots from cars backing down driveways.

  9.  Remove weeds in sidewalks and driveways cracks.

  10.  Remove dead landscaping and grind tree stumps below ground level.

  11.  Residents whose property is adjacent to Long Lake, Coolidge and Beach roads are responsible for maintaining the landscaping on the berm adjacent to the road including pruning or removing tree branches that interfere with pedestrian sidewalks.

  12.  Residents should refrain from accumulating debris and litter on their property or dumping debris or litter in the commons area.

  13.  Michigan Law restricts phosphorus fertilizer application on lawns.

  14.  Mailboxes need to be maintained and stand straight.

  15.  House numbers should be affixed to mailboxes or on the home in clear view.

  16.  Property owners are responsible for clearing snow over 2 inches deep and any ice from the public sidewalks adjacent to their property. Snow and ice should be cleared from the sidewalks within 24 hours following the end of the event.

  17.  Drains on streets and easements should be kept clear of debris and litter.

  18.  Trash, recycling, and yard waste should be placed at the curb no sooner than 5 PM on the preceding day.  Food-related waste should be kept in rodent-proof containers with tight fitting lids (no bags).  Collection starts at 7 am on your trash day. Empty containers shall be removed from the curb within 24 hours after trash pickup.