ELM 2023 — Our First Year

ELM 2023 — Our First Year

Commencing Spring 2023, the Mahogany Homeowners Association (MHOA) entered into a landscape maintenance agreement to perform enhanced landscaping on city-owned* medians, boulevards, and traffic circles within Mahogany. The MHOA will manage approximately 18,300m2 (4.6 acres) of median/boulevards, this increase as the community continues to develop. 

Curb Sweeping

Once the city of Calgary provides us with the scheduled date for our community curb sweep, our team will be allotted a 7-day period to clear all gravel from the medians and boulevards maintained by the city.

The act of removing gravel from grass is an indispensable practice for preserving the vitality, safety, and visual appeal of lawns and landscapes. Consistent gravel removal ensures optimal conditions for grass growth, minimizes safety risks, and elevates the overall quality of outdoor spaces.

The importance of removing gravel from grass cannot be overstated, especially in both residential and public spaces.

You can discover the scheduled date for curb sweeping on your street by visiting here. 


(note the ELM program does not maintain residential addresses or those that fall under Bylaw 20M88)

Promoting Lawn Health

Gravel can be detrimental to grass by compacting the soil, impeding root growth, and obstructing the flow of air and water to the roots. This can result in poor grass health and stunted growth.

Weed Prevention

Gravel can create openings within the grass, providing opportunities for weed growth. By eliminating gravel, you minimize the likelihood of weed infestations in your lawn.

Enhancing Safety

Gravel scattered on grass surfaces can pose a tripping hazard, particularly in areas frequented by pedestrians or for recreational purposes. The removal of gravel promotes a safer environment for all.

Preservation of Soil Quality

Gravel has the potential to disrupt the natural structure and composition of soil, rendering it less conducive to healthy grass growth. The removal of gravel safeguards soil quality and fertility.
Removal of Dead Growth

Removing spring dead growth from shrubs and ornamental grasses is a proactive and beneficial practice that improves the appearance, health, and longevity of these plants. It promotes new growth, reduces the risk of disease and pest issues, and ensures that the plant receives the resources it needs to thrive.

Removing spring dead growth from shrubs and ornamental grasses is a common horticultural practice with several important benefits:

Aesthetic Appeal

Removing dead growth improves the overall appearance of shrubs and ornamental grasses. Dead or brown foliage can make the plant look untidy and detract from its visual appeal. Removing it enhances the plant's aesthetic beauty.

Promotes New Growth

Pruning or cutting away dead growth stimulates the plant to produce new growth. This new growth is often healthier and more vibrant, contributing to the overall vitality of the plant.

Disease Prevention

Dead or decaying plant material can harbor pests and diseases. By removing it promptly, you reduce the risk of disease spread and infestation, promoting the plant's long-term health.

Reduces Competition

Dead growth competes with healthy parts of the plant for resources like water and nutrients. By removing it, you ensure that the plant's vital resources are directed to the living parts, promoting their growth and vigor.
Soil Testing

In order to guarantee that the MHOA was dedicating resources and implementing the most effective horticultural methods for our community, we conducted soil tests.

After reviewing the soil testing results, we made a slight modification to our fertilization plan by incorporating a soil amendment to enhance overall growth.

Soil testing is a fundamental step in landscaping that helps you make informed decisions about plant selection, nutrient management, and overall soil health. It contributes to the sustainability, aesthetics, and health of your landscape while preventing potential problems and ensuring long-term success.

Here are some more reasons why soil testing is important in landscaping:

Nutrient Management

Soil tests reveal the nutrient content of your soil, including levels of essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. This information allows you to tailor your fertilization practices to provide the nutrients your plants need, avoiding over-fertilization, which can harm the environment.

Assesses Soil Quality

Soil testing provides a comprehensive assessment of the quality and characteristics of your soil. It helps you understand the soil's composition, texture, structure, pH level, nutrient content, and organic matter. This information is vital for making informed decisions about plant selection and care.

pH Adjustment

Soil pH influences nutrient availability to plants. Soil testing identifies whether your soil is too acidic (low pH) or too alkaline (high pH). Based on the results, you can adjust the pH to create an optimal growing environment for your plants.

Cost Efficiency

Soil testing can save you money in the long run by preventing costly mistakes. It ensures that you invest in the right plants, use appropriate soil amendments, and implement efficient water and nutrient management strategies.
Aeration, Soil Amendment, and Overseeding

The MHOA landscaping team diligently performed aeration on all the medians and boulevards falling under the ELM program. We discovered that the soil was excessively compacted, potentially hindering robust grass root growth.

As spring arrived and allowed us to evaluate the current state of these medians and boulevards, we revised our rehabilitation plan to prioritize fiscal responsibility and maximize the benefits. For instance, certain medians showed no signs of grass growth, so instead of applying fertilizer to those areas, we opted for increased seeding, soil enrichment, and adequate watering to facilitate growth.


By collaborating with an external water services provider in conjunction with our in-house landscaping team, the MHOA successfully supplied more than 89,000 gallons of potable water to our trees, lawns, shrub beds, and traffic circles.

Traffic Circles

The extended accumulation of weed growth posed the greatest challenge in maintaining traffic circles. Our team diligently worked to control weed growth within the traffic circles. Managing the maintenance and restoration of selected traffic circles will be a significant component of our operational and investment plan for 2024.

Sod Replacement

The year 2023 presented exceptionally dry conditions, which were less than ideal for new turf development. However, we addressed this challenge by collaborating with an external water services provider, utilizing potable water to ensure that the areas in greatest need received the necessary hydration.

In certain areas, the sod in our medians had deteriorated to the point where it was beyond recovery. To enhance the overall aesthetics and health of our community, we’ve taken the proactive step of removing some of the dead sod and replacing it with fresh, vibrant grass. This ongoing revitalization effort not only ensures a more attractive appearance but also contributes to a greener, healthier environment that we can all enjoy.

The ongoing plan will encompass both the replacement of sod and the exploration of more sustainable practices, such as xeriscaping.

2022/2023 Comparisons

We are excited to showcase our annual landscaping progress through visual comparisons using Google Maps images. While we have made significant positive strides in enhancing our landscapes, it’s important to acknowledge that we still have work ahead of us. In some areas, the majority of the sod has been overtaken by weeds, highlighting the challenges we are actively addressing to improve our outdoor spaces.

2023 Image Gallery

2024 Planning

We're gearing up for our 2024 community landscaping plan and your input matters! As we allocate our budget for these improvements, we invite you to share your ideas and priorities. Together, we can work towards a sustainable and beautiful community space that reflects the wishes of our residents.
ELM 2024