• Planting of new trees or large shrubs must adhere to the Elbow Valley guidelines listed here

  • Your planning should consider plants and trees which provide colours complementary to the passing seasons e.g. evergreens in the winter snows

  • Residents Club Board written authorization is required before any Common Lands access is used for access to your property. 

  • Grass clippings, or other natural waste, may not be disposed of on Unit One Lands

  • Stockpiling of landscaping materials must be limited to your private property 

  • Forms are available to apply for approval for Architectural and Landscaping changes.

Why the EVRC promotes keeping Unit 1 lands (Common Lands) natural and unmanicured
  • The area around Calgary is located in a semi-arid region known as the Northern Great Plains.

  • With precipitation usually less the 20” per year throughout most of this region and most of that precipitation occurring during the winter, tree growth is generally not supported in this region.

  • As a result, the primary vegetation on the northern Great Plains is grasses.

  • The short grass prairie has evolved to what it is now, over tens of thousands of years, since the last recession of the glaciers, with infrequent disturbances such as grazing (buffalo) and fire (natural and otherwise).

  • Elbow Valley lays on the boundary of the Aspen Parkland and Fescue Grassland (short grass prairie) ecoregions.

  • As such species as rough fescue, oat grass, june grass, spear grass, sticky geranium and northern bedstraw are common in these grassland areas.

  • The transition from forest to river valley to grassland provides a broad diversity of habitats for many wildlife species.

  • The woodlands and scrub willow lands are home to a variety of breeding birds and small mammals, which use the area for food and nesting cover.

  • The Elbow Valley lands provide feeding and resting habitat and transportation corridors for ungulates such as white-tailed and mule deer, moose and occasionally elk, which also frequent the slopes south of Lott Creek.

  • The concept for the community’s landscaping is to mirror the natural surroundings of the area.

  • Native and drought tolerant grasses were chosen for Elbow Valley’s custom grass seed mix.

  • Native and drought tolerant shrubs and trees were chosen for Elbow Valley’s plant list, which are all fairly resistant to local pathogens and climatic conditions.

  • Native grasses (fescue/etc.) that are not cut or manicured:

    • Prevent the first stage of the erosion process (splash erosion-water droplets hitting bare soil)

    • Have fairly deep root systems and effectively stabilize and hold together steep slopes which prevents the further stages of the erosion process

    • Reduce the occurrence of weeds

    • Often outcompete established weeds

    • Hold soil moisture far more effectively than cut grass or bare soil

    • Moderate soil temperature during all seasons

      • Keep soils cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter

    • Improve soil structure and fertility

    • Provide food and habitat for all types and manners of native animals

    • Add to the natural looking character of Elbow Valley

    • Allow for the establishment and succession of native trees and shrubs which exponentially enhances all the above points and attributes



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