In seasons past, residents of Har-Ber Meadows would sing Christmas Carols throughout the neighborhood. For 2020, COVID-19 has changed that, but not our spirit. Please enjoy this Christmas performance of Silent Night from last Monday night on Bernice’s porch in Har-Ber Meadows. In the spirit of Bernice Young Jones (1905-2003), we thank you.

About the performers:

Vocalist Charity Ford has been singing since the first grade and served on the CLC (Christian Life Cathedral) Praise Team since 2008. Her family has lived in Har-Ber since 2015, married for 15 years, and has 2 boys (11 and 6 years old).

Tenor Sax Ryan Yumang is a 17-year-old junior at Har-Ber High School and a member of the Wildcat Band. He has been playing the saxophone for four years. "I love and appreciate all of the styles of music, especially Jazz. I have developed a love for the music, and that fuels my desire for more music. I've lived in Springdale for as long as I can remember, and am looking to perform as much as I can to gain experience."

The POA has engaged with Comprehensive Botanical Services to begin work on a meadow restoration project within Har-Ber Meadows. The location of this project is east of Ireland St., south of Har-Ber Ave. and north of Allie Frances Ave. It will encompass roughly four acres of green space that is currently turf grass.

This will be a multi-year project that will include several phases. The first phase is to remove invasive species of plants along both sides of the creek bed, including Bush Honeysuckle and Chinese Privet. The next phase will be the removal of the turf grass which will be an ongoing project throughout the rest of the year. After all of the turfgrass is removed, the area will be seeded with native grasses and wildflowers. Gradually, as the plants grow, spread and reseed themselves, we will be left with a low-maintenance meadow. We are also planning on planting more trees and shrubs along the creek, extending the “green zone” by about 30 feet.

In addition to the botanical changes, we have also installed several bluebird houses and we are looking at potentially adding bat boxes and martin houses as well. And, there will be a walking path so that residents can access the area.

There are numerous financial and environmental benefits to doing this project.

  1. Turning this area into a wildflower meadow means that the POA will no longer need to pay for mowing.
  2. Native grasses, plants, shrubs do a better job of filtering runoff water which helps clean the local watershed.
  3. Creation of habitat and food sources for pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, etc.
  4. Additional seed and insect sources will attract songbirds to the neighborhood.

We have been consulting with the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and the NWA Master Naturalists and we are confident that we have a good plan in place that will be a beautiful addition to Har-Ber Meadows.

Har-Ber Meadows is known for beautiful trees. The street and common area trees of Har-Ber Meadows are one of the distinguishing amenities that differentiate our neighborhood from others in Northwest Arkansas.

If you have removed a tree for any reason; that tree needs to be replaced now that we are coming to the fall planting season. This is required by Har-Ber Meadows Protective Covenants and Builders Guide.

Sharum’s Nursery has offered to give all Har-Ber Meadows residents a 20% discount on all tree orders. Contact Jacob at (479) 361-9180 to take advantage of this generous offer.

If you would like to hire planting service, Custom Lawn Care NWA plants the POA Common Area trees each year to POA planting specifications. Please contact Daryl Ottaviano at (479) 200-4449 to inquire about his services.

For the Arkansas State Arborist recommended street tree species and planting specifications, please email managementiiillc@cox.net

If you would like more information on what kind of trees can be planted (Street Trees) please see our original post on this.

Please contact the ARC if you have a diseased tree that you plan on removing before replacing. Removal of any tree needs the approval of the ARC.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

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