A. Initial landscape plans for new homes must be submitted to AECD for approval before any landscaping begins. This plan is to include softscape (plants and trees), hardscape (rock, stone, concrete, gravel, vertical features, and the like), and name of landscaping firm responsible for installation. Additions to existing landscapes must be approved by AECD prior to installation if hardscape is to be added or if the planting comprises more than 25% of existing un-landscaped grounds.
B. NO INVASIVE PLANTS may be planted. The Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council (www.gaeppc.org/list) provides a complete list of “invasives.” Below is a table of Category 1. Property Owners are encouraged to remove these plants. In addition, Kudzu sightings in BC should be reported to BPCPOA (email@example.com).
C. The Big Canoe Approved Plant List emphasizes native species because they are hardier and more supportive of native birds and insects and the natural habitat. For supporting plants, see www.extension.uga.edu/publications for University of Georgia extension List of Native Plants of Georgia, Bulletins 987 (Woody Vines), 987-2 (Ferns), 987-3 (Wildflowers), 987-4 (Grasses). Recognizing that native plants may not always be readily available, Property Owners may purchase cultivars of these natives. These lists are also on the BCPOA website (www.bigcanoepoa.org.POA>Governing) Documents>Architectural and Environmental Control Standards). Some plants are semi-evergreen; they stay green in different areas of Georgia and in mild winters.