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Historic Homes Tour 2017

We are excited to announce our Second Annual Historic Homes Tour for Saturday, Sept 23rd, organized by Kellie Batali and Linda Shepherd. It will begin at noon at the MCC clubhouse, where we will have some refreshments and peruse historical displays about how Mirrormont came to be.

This year we are featuring homes built from 1963 to 1972 in different architectural styles, including a unique storybook home, a brilliantly remodeled split-level, and a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired mid-century rambler that was an American Institute of Architecture “home of the month.”

This tour is only open to MCA residents. Please RSVP to president@mirrormont.org

Chipper Day 2017

 

Due the extreme drought this summer, King Conservation District has granted the MCA additional money to hold Chipper Day 2017 on November 6th. The first 25 MCA members who register can get a maximum pile of 4-ft x 8-ft (with branches no longer than 10 ft.) chipped for free. We will keep a waiting list in the hope we can get funding to chip a total of 50 piles.

As an official Firewise Community USA, this is our second Firewise event of the year, following the SE 146th St. Project; homeowners on that street will be given lower priority for this Chipper Day event since they already benefited from a KCD grant this year.

We intend to apply for a competitive DNR grant for more chipping in 2018. Their application period begins in November, grants are awarded in February, and the work must be completed by May.

LIMITS: Due to limited funding, we need to limit the number of participants to 25, and limit each homeowner’s pile to a single row of branches up to 4-ft high x 8-ft wide. Branches must be less than 10-ft long and less than 6-inches in diameter.

THE DETAILS (please read and comply!):

  • Firewise Community Chipper Day will be held Monday, November 6th
  • The MCA sponsors this event, with a grant from King Conservation District. To be eligible you:
  1. Must be up to date with your 2017 dues. To join, bring your dues current, or to inquire about your 2017 membership status, contact Lisa Lux at membership@mirrormont.org
  2. Must have an easily visible street address sign by the side of your driveway (a reflective, two-sided MCA-sponsored signpost — or your own sign).
  3. Register no later than November 1st.
  • Email your request to participate to Lisa Lux at membership@mirrormont.orgby Nov. 1st — include your name, address, phone number, and email.
  • If you want chips, please make note of this when you register. You can request a 12-cubic yard truckload to be dumped (no partial loads). Be sure to indicate where you want the pile, and assure the location is easily accessible for dumping. There are no guarantees you will receive chips.
  • Have your piles out by Nov. 5thto ensure chipping. Stack branches by the side of the road with the cut (fattest) ends facing in one direction — at least 15 feet away from a mailbox. No rope, nails, metal, rocks, plastic, or lumber!
  • Post your “flow number” (assigned the week of Nov. 1st) and street address on the pile by Nov. 5th. For example, #21—14985.
  • Track and report to how many hours you spent working on trimming, clean-up, and moving your piles to the roadway. We must contribute $2 per capita ($3000) for Mirrormont to continue to be a Firewise Community USA, which makes us eligible for grants such as this. Our hours are rated at $20/hour. This is important!
  • When trimming, be safe. Branches can be heavier than they look, and trimming equipment is extremely sharp. Keep your distance from the chipper crew when they are working. They are the experts, and like us, don’t want anyone to get hurt.
  • Attached is a flyer on pruning, as well as additional resources.
  • Be sure to sign up early to ensure you are part of this event!
  • The success of this project depends on everyone complying with the above. Please respect the time that MCA volunteers are putting into organizing and implementing this.

 

Preparing for MCA Firewise Chipper Day 2017

November 6th

Before November 5th, clear dead brush and dry branches from the forest floor. Prune shrubs and limb-up trees to remove ladder fuels and dead material. Prune trees 6’—10’ from ground (but leave at least ½ the tree with live limbs). Pruning of trees and shrubs creates mini fuel breaks. Seehttp://www.king27fire.com/forms/FirewiseBrochure.pdf    When removing branches, be sure to leave the “branch collar” intact (see diagram here and pruning flyer below.)

  1. Stack branches next to the road so the cut (fat) ends point toward the road. This makes it easier to handle when chipping. Have your cuttings stacked no later than Sunday, Nov. 5th.

Assure that no rope, nails, metal, rocks, plastic, or lumber are in the pile.

Make a note of time spent cleaning, trimming, and stacking – it is this “volunteer” time that allows us to be eligible for grant funding. Include time you spent this year removing debris from your roof and gutters.

  1. The crew will work their way along our streets from pile to pile. Chips not wanted by homeowners will be donated to Mirrormont Park for trail and edging improvements and other landscaping.

See the Firewise brochure at http://www.king27fire.com/forms/FirewiseBrochure.pdf

Tree Pruning

Introduction

This pruning guide is designed for beginning tree pruners and is written for the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest (United States). Please use this to help you and your friends and neighbors understand correct pruning techniques. This guide is written in English, and is being translated into other languages, and was made possible by funding from the USDA Forest Service and the King County Department of Natural Resources.

Depending upon where you live, you may be required to get a permit for tree pruning and removal. These requirements vary from city to city, borough, county, state, and country.

* Prune trees to encourage and direct growth and accentuate a tree’s beauty, not to inhibit growth.

By properly removing branches, we make sure that trees will mature to their natural shapes and preserve their natural beauty, vigor, and health. A little careful pruning early can protect your tree from branches breaking or becoming too crowded as the tree grows.

Most pruning involves removing a few lower branches and when done correctly, trees require less pruning as they mature. Good pruning never changes the shape of the tree.

Examples of the natural shape and form of trees

Please consult your local agriculture or forestry bureau for more information.

The City of Seattle requires a permit for removal of street trees or to hire a professional to prune. Permits are also required for pruning and removal of trees in critical areas (wetlands or steep slopes). For information, telephone 206.684.5008 or go to: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/forestry.htm

Guidelines for When to Prune

*    Prune to remove broken branches or to get street and sidewalk clearance anytime.

*    Prune fruit trees when they are in winter dormancy before the buds swell or, in the summer.

*    Prune willow and poplar trees late in the summer.

*    Prune elm trees in the Pacific Northwest only between October 15th and April 15th (while leaves are off the tree) to minimize damage from the elm leaf borer and Dutch Elm Disease.

*    Prune birch, beech and maple trees after a hard frost to lessen sap flow.

Why Prune Trees?

*    Prune to increase visibility and provide clearance for pedestrians and vehicles. In Seattle, street tree branches must provide 8 feet of clearance over the sidewalk and 14 feet above the street at the curb.

*    Prune to allow for light penetration or to frame a view.

*    Prune to remove broken, diseased, or dead branches and suckers from the roots or root collar.

*    Prune to direct growth and improve the structure in young trees.

*    To increase fruit production.

Natural Target Pruning – Learn Where and How to Make Pruning Cuts

By using the three step method when pruning, trees will respond by quickly closing over pruning cuts, remaining healthy, and looking nice. Branches are actually made from their own wood which is held onto the trunk by yearly wrappings of new growth. The branch collar is where the branch wood and the trunk wood meet. Making the pruning cut just outside this collar is important for tree health.

The angle of your pruning cut should expose the least amount of surface area. Use the three cut method to ensure that the bark does not tear as the branch falls away, causing a bigger injury to the trunk.

Three Cut Method for Removing Large Branches

Use the three cut method to remove branches larger than ¾ inch or 2 centimeters. On narrow angled branch attachments, you may have to cut entirely from the outside upwards.

Types of Pruning Cuts

Thinning Cuts

Thinning cuts are better for the health of a tree. Remove an entire branch by making a good pruning cut where the branch would have grown from a bud on another branch or the tree trunk. Thinning cuts are used to open or raise the tree canopy and can also be used to remove select branches to improve views.

Note: Thinning removes an entire branch back to another branch or to the trunk of the tree.

Do not remove more than 25% of the canopy of the tree in one growing season or over a five year period otherwise you stimulate sprouts that grow quickly and are unhealthy and unsightly and could be unsafe.

Heading Cuts

Selective heading cuts are used to shorten the branch and change its direction of growth. Prune the branch just above a bud that points in the desired direction or to a side branch that is at least half the diameter of what you are removing.

Making a non-selective heading cut removes a branch that leaves a stub and open end that can either take a long time to cover with bark or be a point of entry for disease. These cuts are hardest on a tree and usually result in a quick regrowth of lots of shoots.

Note: Head cuts are only used to change the direction of growth when a thinning cut will remove too much wood. Always cut above a bud facing the direction of the desired new growth.

 

Good Tips to Avoid Bad Pruning

Use the 3 cut method to shorten branches before removal. This will prevent the branch from damaging the trunk as it falls to the ground, as shown in drawings below.

Do Not Top Trees!

Topping cuts are a non- selective heading cut that causes the branch to dieback or form weak, rapid, bushy sprouts that are unsightly. If these sprouts are allowed to grow, they can become unsafe from being so heavy and yet just attached to the outer bark.

regrowth of topped small

tree with lots of sprouts

Trees give us so much! Please keep them healthy and safe!

Reproduction encouraged! This Tree Pruning Guide was made possible by a grant from the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks and funds from the USDA Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources, with other assistance from the City of Seattle, awarded through the Natural Resource Stewardship Network.  Assistance was also provided from PlantAmnesty, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Forestry students at the University of Washington, and students in the Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development program.

It is intended to help more people understand how to prune trees. If you have concerns with the translation, please email trees@seattle.gov or telephone 206.684.5008.

For more information on pruning, see: 

PlantAmnesty: http://www.plantamnesty.org

This website also has YouTube pruning videos under Education

and provides a referral service for arborists under Services

 

Seattle Public Utilities  http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pruningguides.htm

 

Tree maintance video

http://urban.elearn.sref.info/module-5/chapter-3/player.html

 

For more on Firewise, see:

http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/water-and-land/forestry/forestfire.aspx

Mirrormont Garden Tour: Indulge in Beauty!

Mirrormont Garden Tour: Indulge Yourself in Beauty

Please join us for a delightful afternoon of touring six Mirrormont gardens on Saturday, August 5th. We will meet at 12:30 at the Pea Patch behind the tennis courts (25500 Mirrormont Drive) to tour our community garden, get maps, and form carpools to tour gardens described as:

  • Never Say “No” Collection: a gloriously welcoming garden for entertaining.
  • Discovery Garden: with a calming Zen waterfall, exuberant climbing hydrangea.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary: ponds, stream, waterfall, and plants to attract wildlife.
  • Plant Hoarder’s Garden: rare and unusual plants, whimsical glass art, 15-ft lilies, and a stumpery.
  • Lazy Man’s Garden Cave: dahlias on steroids!
  • Walk in the Park: a Master Gardener’s expression of the pleasures of shade gardening.

Be inspired. Get ideas for things to do in your garden. See what you can grow here. Enjoy whimsical garden art. Learn how you can support wildlife. Talk with our unpretentious gardeners about the joys of gardening. Enjoy wine, noshy things, and chitchat at the conclusion of the tour.

Please RSVP to president@mirrormont.org. Open only to Mirrormont residents.

Sponsored by the Mirrormont Community Association, and organized by two Mirrormont Master Gardeners.

Nice Native Plant or Noxious Weed? What’s growing on your property and what can you do about it.

Do you have invasive weeds taking over your property? Are you worried about new weeds that are starting to show up in the neighborhood? Are you new to Mirrormont and want to discern between lovely native plants and noxious weeds? Come on July 19th at 7 PM to the MCC clubhouse to hear Sasha Shaw, noxious weed expert and educator from King County’s Noxious Weed Control Program.

Learn how to identify and eradicate common invasive weeds like English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, yellow archangel, creeping yellow buttercup, and bindweed (a.k.a. morning glory), as well as new species just starting to show up in Mirrormont such as rough chervil, a poisonous plant related to poison hemlock. Bring your own mystery plants in a ziplock bag to get help identifying them and find out how to control them.

Arrive early for this MCA-sponsored event to socialize and enjoy Happy Hour, which begins at 6:30 and features wine, cheese, coffee, tea, brownies, and other treats.

 

Vet Talk: Safe Pets & Fun Facts: Keeping Pets Safe in Mirrormont

Monday, June 19th at 7:00 at the Mirrormont Country Club clubhouse.

Join us for a Happy Hour at 6:30 for wine & cheese, coffee & tea, brownies & other treats.

Think your pets are safe from diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes here in the Pacific Northwest? You might want to think again. Pets in King County are listed as moderately at-risk for a number of infectious diseases, including Lyme and heartworm disease, according to data from the Companion Animal Parasite Council (capcvet.org). Come learn the facts – and how you can protect your pets in this discussion led by veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Schori. Her talk will be followed by some interesting fun facts about companion animal health, presented by her husband, Ian Parker, a long-time expert in the animal health industry.

 

Mirrormont Garage Sales

Dates: Friday, May 12th & Saturday, May 13th

Hours: Friday 9am – 4 pm; Saturday 9am – 2pm

Come find great bargains at our huge Mirrormont Community 23rd Annual Garage Sale. This year, we have 29+ households participating! Mirrormont community is just 5 minutes south of Poopoo Point, on Issaquah-Hobart Rd just past Cedar Grove Rd.

Here is the list of addresses and map: 2017_Mirrormont_Garage_Sales MAP   This PDF has each house listed and general item descriptions. This map with item descriptions will also be available at the kiosks upon entering Mirrormont (at either entrance).

You’ll find furniture, baby gear, garden items, artwork, collectibles, antiques, kitchen items, household items, toys, clothes, shoes, hand and power tools, fitness and sports equipment, lighting, appliances, dog house, electronic Items, plumbing fixtures, pet supplies and much more.

 

Mirrormont Garage Sales

Dates: Friday, May 12th & Saturday, May 13th

Hours: Friday 9am – 4 pm; Saturday 9am – 2pm

Who can be included in the Sales?

Any current member of the Mirrormont Community Association may participate in the sale and have their home included in the flyer/map. If you have not paid your 2017 MCA dues, $50 can get you in! Send a check to MCA, P.O. Box 476, Issaquah, WA 98027 or use PayPal to submit to Treasurer@mirrormont.org by May 1st.

We will put together a community map of the homes with sales, including a brief listing of categories offered at each location. You will be assigned a location number for the map and provided with a corresponding display number for your house. The packets will be at the Mirrormont Country Club clubhouse on Thursday, May 11th after 12:00 noon.

To ensure the best attendance, the sale will be advertised through several online channels and with signage.

To be included, email garagesale@mirrormont.org by May 1st with your name, address, phone number (for organizer’s questions), general types of items, special item(s), and the day(s) you are open.

Sign up by Monday, May 1st to be included, no exceptions. Make sure you get a confirmation call by then.

Everyone may shop!

 

Pea Patch Plant Sale

Saturday May 20th   9:00 am—2:00 pm @ Mirrormont Country Club Tennis Courts

Purchase Mirrormont-grown perennials, herbs, organic veggie starts (tomatoes!), & native plants at the tennis courts near check-in. Proceeds benefit Mirrormont Pea Patch.

SPRING CLEAN-UP and ADOPT-A-ROAD

Saturday May 20th   9:00 am—2:00 pm @ Mirrormont Country Club Tennis Courts

Electronics Recycling 9—2:00 & Shredder Truck 12—2:00 @ Mirrormont Country Club Parking Lot

All MCA members who have paid their $50 dues for 2017 may participate. Dues may be paid at dumpster drop-off (cash or check). For questions about dues, email membership@mirrormont.org

Thanks go to King County’s Community Service Area Program for co-funding this expanded event. 

Volunteers Needed

  • Ride on the truck for scheduled pick-ups
  • Help load dumpsters
  • Adopt-a-Road
  • Check in members

Please sign up! Email president@mirrormont.org

Drop-Off: First check in at the volunteer tent behind the dumpsters at the tennis courts. Volunteers can help you unload.

Scheduled Pick-Ups: If you need us to come to you, dues must be received on or before May 11th. Due to limited personnel for this service, we ask that pick-ups be reserved for those who are unable to take their items to the dumpsters. Pick-up at your home must be scheduled by Wednesday, May 17th. Contact harris4913@comcast.net with name, address & phone. Have items at curbside by 8:30 AM on 5/20.

Items NOT ALLOWED: Motor oil, gas, paint, yard waste, batteries, engine parts, tires, hazardous waste, concrete, large amounts of construction debris from remodeling projects (drywall, decking, etc.). The MCA has the right to limit the amount dumped per household.

Items Accepted: Large items that don’t fit in weekly trash, such as broken toys, furniture, BBQs, lawn furniture, carpets, mattresses.

Electronics Recycling: Computer equipment, PCs, laptops, keyboards, mice, speakers, cords, cables, monitors, hard drives, memory chips, projectors, power supplies, printers, TVs, cell phones, consumer electronics, DVD players, stereos.

Most Metals and appliances will be collected by a recycler by the dumpsters. If your item has a motor, drain the oil and gas.

Shredding: Confidential Data Disposal’s shredder truck will be in the Mirrormont Country Club parking lot from 12—2:00.

Adopt-A-Road: Sign up in advance for your section of road at president@mirrormont.org -or- volunteer on clean-up day at the dumpsters to help pick up roadside trash. Bags and gloves will be provided. This is a great family activity and a nice way to keep Mirrormont looking clean.

MCA Speaker Program: Declutter to Energize Your Space!

Take the stress out of mess! This season of Spring Cleaning is a good time to learn decluttering strategies. How can you change the energy of your space by repurposing things you already have? You don’t have to throw them away. You can organize, repurpose and recycle! Simplify your life. Gift excess items on the BuyNothing Mirrormont on Facebook. Selling unwanted “stuff” at a Garage Sale, Nextdoor or Craigslist is a bonus!

Our speaker is Barbara Bergenty, a Mirrormont resident and owner of Feng Shui Personal Organizer. Join us at the clubhouse on Wednesday, April 19th 7:00 for this MCA-sponsored event. Better yet, come to Happy Hour at 6:30 for wine, cheese, coffee, tea, brownies…