Banyan Hills Neighborhood

SPRING 2017 NEWSLETTER

Spring Cleanup - The City of Omaha is hosting Spring Cleanup for our area on Saturday, May 13th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Spring Ridge Elementary parking lot, located at 17830 Shadow Ridge Dr.  This is a FREE event open to the neighborhoods in our area.  Packer trucks will be available to pick up accept large, bulky items that cannot be picked up via the regular curbside recycling/trash service (e.g., old couches, broken appliances, carpet, etc.).  For more information, visit wasteline.org/cleanup or call the hotline at 402-444-4636.  Spring is a great time to clean up, and get rid of trash and unwanted items cluttering your yard.  Remember, it is the responsibility of ALL residents to care for their homes and property so we can “Keep Banyan Hills Beautiful”.

Mailbox Repairs – some mailbox repairs were made in April.  If your mailbox post or box requires repairs, please contact Terry Murphy at terrencemurphy@msn.com so he can add you to the repair schedule.

Annual Homeowner’s Dues – If you have not already paid your annual dues of $55.00, they are now PAST DUE. 
Please submit your check immediately, payable to:  Banyan Hills HOA, PO Box 540041, Omaha, NE 68154

New Residents – If you are a new resident, please e-mail your name, address and phone number to amberbgoetsch@gmail.com so you can be added to the Banyan Hills Neighborhood 2017 Directory, and so that a Welcome Packet can be delivered.  You may find out more about Banyan Hills by joining our private neighborhood website at www.banyanhills.net/

BHN Street Reps – a special THANK YOU to our Street Reps!  I couldn’t do my job without all of you!!!  I’m counting on you to meet and greet our new residents.  Please make sure you get the contact information for any new residents on your street, especially an e-mail address, and pass it along to me – Amber Goetsch – so I can deliver a welcome packet.

BHN Seniors Group – this group was organized several years ago for our older residents.  Participants meet at the
HyVee Café located at 180th & Pacific, on the second Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for coffee.  If you would like to find out more about this group, contact Joanne Johnson at jrlebovitz@gmail.com or 402-991-9190. 

 “Keeping Banyan Hills Beautiful”
Summer 2016 Newsletter

 
Trees & Landscaping – over the past several years many of the trees in our neighborhood have been lost to disease, insects and weather.  Trees and landscaping play a very important role in keeping our neighborhood beautiful.  Please care for your existing trees by soaking them deeply once a week during the summer months.  Trees require considerably more water than the amount supplied by an automatic sprinkler system.  It is important to replace trees, too.  Trees are one of our greatest assets!  
Heat Stress – signs of heat stress are irregular yellowing and dropping of leaves that may have rust-colored spots or bumps. The specific causes of these symptoms include nitrogen deficiency (browning from the leaf tip inward), iron deficiency (yellowing leaves with early defoliation), and potassium deficiency (browning along the outer edges). Brown spots and bumps are frequently attributed to a bacterial condition originating in the soil.  Treatment of heat stress needs to be proactive to be most beneficial.  Annual fertilization of trees and shrubs, and a program of regular deep watering is the best way to protect your trees from disease and extreme heat.
Lawns – make sure you mow your lawn on a weekly basis, or more often.  Pick up trash in your yard and around your house.  We all play a role in keeping Banyan Hills beautiful! 
Birch Tree Yellowing - we have lost many of our birch trees due to an iron shortage in our soil.  The leaves turn yellow, fall off and the tree dies.  However, injecting birch trees with “GreenTree Pro” reverses the damage, and these trees can be saved.  This treatment is available at Lanoha Nursery and other local garden centers.
Emerald Ash Borers – it has recently been in the news that the “Emerald Ash Borer” is attacking ash trees in the Omaha area.  This insect will eventually kill the tree, so it is important that all ash trees be treated systemically.  Apply “Ferti-lome Tree & Shrub Systemic Insect Drench” to the soil at the base of trees, as directed, and protect your trees from this deadly pest.  This treatment can also be found at Lanoha and other local garden centers
Exterior Maintenance – The Banyan Hills Covenants specify that homeowners use neutral earth-tone colors on the exterior of their homes.  If you plan to paint, or install permanent siding on your home, please make sure the colors conform to acceptable standards by having them pre-approved by a member of the BHN Architectural Board – Doug Horner or Terry Murphy.
Street Reps & New Residents – we are counting on our Street Reps to meet and greet new residents on your street.  Please get their contact information, especially an e-mail address, and pass it along to Amber Goetsch.  The 2016 Banyan Hills Directory is still a work in progress.  If you have a new neighbor, please leave a copy of this newsletter in their front door.  And if you are a new resident, please e-mail your name, address and phone number to Amber Goetsch (amberbgoetsch@gmail.com) so you can be added to the Banyan Hills Neighborhood Directory, and so that a Welcome Packet can be delivered.  To find out more about Banyan Hills, join our private neighborhood website at www.banyanhills.net/.
“Nextdoor” Neighborhood Website is a NEW website for residents in surrounding neighborhoods.  It was created to share community events, recommendations, items for sale, safety concerns, ideas and more.  If you would like to check out this site, go to https://nextdoor.com/invite/sbwjqbjmtzgcacupvdxx   
(This website does NOT replace our private Banyan Hills website at www.banyanhills.net/ )