April 2019

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

President's Message

Spring is here and the signs of the season are refreshing, except pollen. Throughout the community we see the greening of the grass; blooms of forsythia, daffodils, and trees; and we hear the familiar sounds of lawnmowers and blowers. As we see these signs, we also see many neighbors working in their yards to remove lingering signs of winter. We can also observe the work being done by our Grounds Committee with James River to renew the common areas.

Looking forward into May, we have one of our semi-annual yard sales, on May 4. As mentioned elsewhere in the Bulletin, the Spring Yard sale is being done in conjunction with Goodwill and the Spring Run Elementary School PTA to raises funds for the school. We are pleased that Collington has moved their yard sale to the same date to also benefit the school and hopefully to enhance traffic through both our neighborhoods. Advertising will be in the Times Dispatch and the Observer.

In May and June the Covenants Committee will be conducting the annual walk-through. While mailboxes do get the most attention and discussion, this process helps to identify areas which may have gone unnoticed by the homeowner. Birkdale has a reputation of well kept properties and good property values. The appearance of the homes contributes greatly to this. During the yard sale when neighbors may be out together might be a good time to discuss these items or develop a work plan for sharing paint or helping with tasks.

Recently we experienced some outages of both gas and entrance area lights. Thanks to Wayne Bass and the Grounds Committee the entrance light problem was repaired. Some gas lights have also been out due to a problem with Columbia Gas. This has been resolved and the lights should be back soon.

Community involvement is important to all of us and we want everyone to consider joining our committees or the Board. We are over 600 homeowner/residents and we need participation from all neighborhoods. ARC and Covenants Committees are most active.

Our next Board meeting will be May 9th at 6:00 pm at the Club House. Please consider attending to be informed of what your association is doing.

Earl Bishop,
Board President


Birkdale Community Association Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting will be May 9th

6 pm at the Birkdale Clubhouse

Birkdale Golf Club, 8511 Royal Birkdale Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23832

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.



May 4th - Yard Sale (with Goodwill truck at Spring Run Elementary)

May 9th - Board Meeting

Aug 8th - Board Meeting

Oct 3rd - Annual Meeting

Oct 5th - Yard Sale (with Goodwill truck at SRES)

Oct 6th - Fall Festival (tentative)

Nov 14th - Board Meeting


Treasurer's Report March 2019


The Birkdale Board thanks our residents who have completed the transition to our new managing agent, Association Community Services West, Inc., (ACS West). REMINDER: The second quarterly $101 payment for this year is due on April 1, 2019.


Several residents have credit balances for their assessments. A few homeowners have balances due. If you have questions regarding the status of your account, please contact ACS West.

1904 Byrd Avenue, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23230
804-282-7451, or admin@acswest.org

if you have not received your coupon book for payment of your quarterly assessments, please call or email ACS West, Inc.


Birkdale’s collection agency, Equity Experts, continues to pursue delinquent accounts. Once an account has been referred to Equity Experts, collection fees increase significantly for the delinquent homeowner.


Contact Betsy Martello, Treasurer, 804-739-7487, or, betsy@martellofamily.com.


Birkdale's Most Recent Financial Statement

April 2019 Financial Statement

Effective January 1, 2019 ACS West is our Managing Agent

If you had reoccurring payments with Associa, please make sure they have been turned off and your new account is set up with ACS West.
link to: ACS WEST

Thank you!


News from the Architectural Review Committee


Spring is here and it’s time for the annual clean-up of our Property here in Birkdale. Please remember when sending in your Architectural Approval Requests to have any work done on your property you will need to get your adjacent neighbors signatures on the request. This will allow for a quicker approval. Thanks for your help.

Applications submitted to ARC for approval:
No requests for the month of March

Application for ARC request can be located on our web site at www.birkdaleonline.com.

link to: ACS WEST

Lee Kemmet
ARC committee

Mailbox Maintenance

When painting your mailbox, Lowe’s on Hull Street has the equivalent paint color as Benjamin Moore which is Lowe's - Valspar, Quart, 372, Birkdale Vanilla Cookie, Exterior Satin, Duramax, 105-1, 107-1, 214-2.5. For your metal mailbox, Cottage Red Benjamin Moore is available at Virginia Paint.

The Birkdale logo and numbers may be purchased from Sign Crafters Inc., Attn: Barbara Isenberg, 804-379-2004 or email bisenberg@sign-crafters.com OR from Pat Faivre, our Birkdale resident, who has maintained mailboxes in Birkdale for several years, 804-608-0418 or Faivre.pat@gmail.com.


Things to Remember- Landscape and Lighting

▪  NO DUMPING-As spring cleanup begins in the neighborhood, please do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. Those areas belong to you and to me as property owners.
▪ Do not park on the green spaces in Birkdale.
▪ NO FIRES whatsoever. Fires require a permit from Chesterfield County. It is not appropriate to burn any vegetation in common areas and cause alarm to nearby homeowners.
NO DUMPING-As spring cleanup begins in the neighborhood, please do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. Those areas belong to you and to me as property owners.
Do not park on the green spaces in Birkdale.
NO FIRES whatsoever. Fires require a permit from Chesterfield County. It is not appropriate to burn any vegetation in common areas and cause alarm to nearby homeowners.

If you have any problems or complaints regarding common areas, please call Wayne Bass at 804-639-0795.


On Monday, March 25, Nick Martello, Betsy Martello, Secretary/Treasurer and Earl Bishop, President met with field operations personnel of Columbia Gas. The discussion centered around three gas lights that have been disconnected by the gas company and status of in ground valves that feed all our gas lights. The gas company will be working in our community over the next month or so to determine if some or all of the in-ground valves need to be replaced.

The company apologized for turning off the gas feed to three of the lights as they inadvertently received an order to abandon the lights. This was due to a billing error. These lights are located at Highgate Hill Court, Turning Lane and Houghton Court.

Robinsons plumbing will work with the gas company to assist in the valve replacement and restoration of gas to the three lights mentioned above.

As you may be aware, some of our lights do not shut off correctly during the daylight hours. Robinson is in process of replacing the electronics and mantles on a round robin basis with newer electronics. We thank you for your patience.

Please Note: if you smell gas or think you smell gas around any of our lights, please call 911 then call the gas company at 1-800-543-8911.

If residents observe a problem with a gas light such as no light at night, please call Nick Martello at 804-739-7487.


A Volunteer is needed to lead the Covenants Committee.

If you would like to learn more about the duties involved for this position or volunteer to lead or serve on the Covenants Committee, contact Earl Bishop or any other board member.

If there is something you would like the committee to look into, there is a form “Rules Violation Complaint” on the website. Simply fill it out and send it to a committee member - we will check it out for you and your information will be kept confidential. We rely on all neighbors to do their part to keep their properties maintained, and if they see a violation to report it. Thank you for doing your part to make Birkdale a community we can be proud to call home.



MAY 4, 2019

8:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

It is almost time for our Semi-Annual Yard Sale. Start cleaning out your attic and garage! The Spring Yard sale is being done in conjunction with Goodwill and the Spring Run Elementary School PTA to raises funds for the school. We are pleased that Collington has moved their yard sale to the same date to also benefit the school and hopefully to enhance traffic through both our neighborhoods. Advertising will be in the Times Dispatch and the Observer.

If you have items that do not sell or you simply prefer to donate your items, you are in luck! A Goodwill truck will be located at Spring Run Elementary School on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 am to 2:00 pm. Yard Sale remnants, spring cleaning removals, and other gently used items are welcome. Goodwill will weigh the truck before and after the event and determine the contribution based on weight added. Spring Run PTA will make money for every pound of items donated, so it's a great time to do some spring cleaning and help out your neighborhood school.

Goodwill Yard Sale May2019

Barracuda Swim Team

Attention Birkdale Swim Team Parents-

The Birkdale Swim Team is no longer combined with the Collington Swim Team. The team is now the Collington Barracudas and will be run exclusively through the Collington pool.

The Swim Team is open to all Birkdale residents. Anyone can join!

Here's the link to our website with detailed information about the merge and how to sign up!


The information session is on April 14th from 2-4 at the Collington Clubhouse.

The contact is Joy Blocher, email: collingtonswimteam@gmail.com

8garden rules

8 Simple Rules for the Perfect Spring Garden...

As important as the right plants are, they can’t do ALL the work for you. A great garden still requires a lot of preparation and maintenance to develop. Before you begin planting in the spring, here is a checklist of the 8 steps you should take to prepare your garden for a successful season:

1. Get your shed in order.

Go over your tools. Sharpen blades, oil hinges, and think about expanding or upgrading your collection. Use a mill file to sharpen blades, then add penetrating oil to remove and prevent corrosion. You would be surprised how much easier it is to dig or cut with a sharp, well-oiled implement; the right tools will make the whole season much easier!

You should also take this opportunity to replenish your supplies. Make sure you have enough fertilizer and soil amendments on hand.

2. Clear out weeds, mulch, and debris.

Do a spring cleaning of the area, removing anything in the way until you are back to the bare soil. Dead organic matter can go on the compost pile to break down. Well-composted mulch or organic matter can stay right where it is to be incorporated into the soil, but “fresh” mulch needs to be raked away to expose the soil.

Your main concern is any weeds that might still be alive. These must be removed from the soil. You don’t want to leave any living weeds around, or they might come back and try to compete with your garden plants!

3. Prune.

Many trees or shrubs can use a good pruning this time of year, especially those that bloom on new wood. Late winter/early spring is the perfect time to prune back old wood because you can see the branch structure well and you can shape the plant before the buds break dormancy and the plant starts investing energy in its branches. Some of the plants you want to prune at this time of year are: Buddleia (Butterfly Bush), Cornus Canadensis (Flowering Dogwood), Lonicera (Honeysuckle), Hydrangea paniculata, Cercis (Redbud), summer-blooming Spirea, Lagerstroemia (Crepe Myrtle), Rose, and Wisteria. Early spring is also the perfect time to prune and shape woody ornamentals.
Before you go snip-happy, though, there are a couple of things to consider. First you should use a clean rag and some isopropyl alcohol to sterilize your pruners before each cut. This precaution keeps you from inadvertently spreading plant disease all around the garden. You wouldn't want a surgeon cutting into you without sterilizing the blade first, would you? Secondly, there are many plants that you should NOT prune at this time of year because they bloom on old wood.

Plants that you should wait until after the bloom season to prune include: spring-blooming Spirea, Camellia, Rhododendron (including Azalea), Forsythia, Hydrangea Macrophylla (Bigleaf), Syringa (Lilac), Magnolia, Kalmia (Mountain Laurel), and Weigela.

Whenever you prune your plants, it is a good practice to add a little fertilizer to the soil to ensure that the plant has the nutrients on hand to heal its wounds quickly.

4. Prepare the soil.

Once the frost has lifted and the soil is workable, start preparing your garden beds. In winter, soil tends to become compacted, so the first thing you want to do is loosen it back up by tilling or turning it. Using a tiller or a sharp spade, work the soil to a depth of 12 to 14 inches to loosen it up. Any mulch or leaf litter that is well-composted should be mixed right in, but if it is too fresh, you should remove it first.

Next add compost and amendments. You can use a soil test to see where you pH and nutrient levels are, which will tell you what type of materials you might want to add. If you have poor or clay-based soil, it is especially important to add a healthy layer of compost to improve the soil’s texture, nutrient content, and moisture-retention. Then rake the soil level and water it lightly to help it settle and release air pockets.
If your existing soil is particularly poor, the easiest option might just be to rise above it with a raised garden bed.

5. Set up new planters and garden beds.

It is easy to get excited by the beautiful new varieties you come across in catalogs and end up ordering more plants than you have places to put them! Now is the time of year to build garden beds, install shepherd's hooks or window boxes, and order new pots to ensure that you have enough of a venue to showcase all your gorgeous new plants.

6. Divide perennials like Daylilies.

Some perennials tend to crowd each other out, causing their performance to deteriorate year over year. Daylilies, Shasta Daisies, Hostas, and many others all benefit from being divided in early spring. Before the growing season takes off, give these plants room to spread out by following these simple steps:
1. Dig out around the perimeter of the clump, giving a wide berth so as not to damage the roots.
2. Dig under the plant root ball and lift it out of the ground.
3. Try to disentangle the roots by hand and pull apart the distinct root stocks/tubers. In some places it will be necessary to cut the clump apart with a knife.
4. Evenly space the new divisions over a larger area and re-plant them immediately. This will improve the bloom show of these perennials, and it is a cheap and easy way to propagate a larger collection!
Note: If your clump of perennials is too large to pull out of the ground, you may have to divide them while they are still in the ground by inserting two garden forks back-to-back into the middle of the clump and carefully pushing them apart, then lifting out the divisions for re-planting.

7. Early Planting

Get the first wave of planting done. Many plants can be started indoors this time of year for planting out in spring. Look at the plant information for whatever you intend to plant.

Bulbs and Perennials tend to be straightforward to plant—it’s really just dig, drop, done! Dig the hole at the proper depth and spacing, add any soil amendments necessary, add the bulb/root ball and be sure that the crown is right at soil level, then fill in the hole and water thoroughly.

With Trees and Shrubs, here is a tip to help those roots settle in to their new home: the moat method. Again you should dig a hole plenty large and wide enough to accommodate the plant’s roots, and add a cone of amended soil for the roots to rest on, then fill in the hole with more amended soil. But before you water in, create a ring of soil around the plant a bit wider than the original hole. This ring will act like a berm while you water the plant in, allowing you to really get the deep saturation necessary without turning the whole area into a mud pit.

8. Apply mulch.

Last but not least, apply a thick layer of mulch wherever you can. Mulch is much more effective at keeping weeds from becoming established if you can get it in place before the weeds start sprouting. You might still be waiting to plant out in lots of areas, or you might have seeds germinating that you don’t want to bury in mulch. You can avoid a lot of this conflict if you have already started your seedlings indoors, if you are working around established plants, or if you buy well-established plants in the nursery. Just don’t wait too long to mulch an area, or the weeds will beat you there!

Information from Wayside Gardens:

Preparing your Lawn

Early Spring is The Time for Lime
Soils with a pH below 6.2 will benefit from the addition of lime. Dolomite is the finest grind, and is recommended. With ground limestone it will take twice as long for plants to derive any benefit from it. Ideally, lime should be added several weeks before planting. Hydrate lime, or “quick lime”, is not recommended, since it can change the soil pH so rapidly that plants may be damaged. Cover newly limed beds with plastic during heavy spring rains to prevent runoff. Soil pH can be determined by using a soil pH test kit.

Prepare Your Lawn for Spring
Rake the lawn to remove dead growth and winter debris. This helps bring light and air to the soil level, encouraging the grass to grow. Re-seed bare patches of lawn. Rake bare spots firmly with a metal rake before seeding. Sprinkle grass seed into a bucket of soil and spread evenly over the bare spot. Keep well-watered until seeds germinate and the new grass establishes. Non-toxic, pre-emergent herbicides such as corn gluten may be applied now.

Do You Have Stains on your Roof?

Spring is just around the corner so now is the time to schedule all those to do projects to get your home in shape. Roof Stains are a common problem seen throughout the neighborhood. Black stains on an asphalt roof are caused by algae. ... Though often attributed to an accumulation of dirt, defective shingles, mold, or mildew; the most common culprit is actually a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma that is spread by airborne spores.

Your roof is your home’s first line of protection against the elements, and it needs to be kept in good condition in order to protect your family, your property, and ensure its longevity. A professional pressure wash is the best way to make sure it stays in top condition.

▪ Pressure washing your roof helps preserve its shingles or tiles. Over the years debris, algae, mold, lichens, and mildew slowly build up on your roof and cause damage.
▪ A roof that is in poor condition causes you higher energy bills in all 4 seasons.
▪ Improve your curb appeal while keeping up with your neighborhood HOA standards.
Pressure washing your roof helps preserve its shingles or tiles. Over the years debris, algae, mold, lichens, and mildew slowly build up on your roof and cause damage.
A roof that is in poor condition causes you higher energy bills in all 4 seasons.
Improve your curb appeal while keeping up with your neighborhood HOA standards.

Note: Pressure washing your roof must be done by a certified professional because high pressurized water can actually cause damage to shingles.

Source of information:
+AAG Richmond- certified, licensed and bonded. 804-562-0744

Trash Talk....

There has been a lot of conversation regarding trash in the recent months. The topic was discussed at the last board meeting and here is a compiled list of the companies who currently service Birkdale along with their backyard pickup rates.

Just a reminder per our covenants BACKYARD PICKUP IS A REQUIREMENT.

Waste Management $37/ month or $110 a quarter with a $75.00 deposit for a trash can

County Waste $34-38 per month depending on when you signed up for service.

Boyd's $25/month

All Terrain $30/month

Zane $35/month with a can provided

Powell's $19/month for 96/gal can and two bags of yard debris


April School Schedule

Spring Break April 1-5th

Friday, April 19th is a Holiday for both students and staff in observance of Good Friday

school calendar

Neighborhood Watch


Any suspicious activity should always be reported to the local police to investigate.

Bear and fox sightings should be reported to the Animal Control number.

Emergency 911 | Non-emergency 804-748-1251

Animal Control 748-1683

Traffic Hotline 804-318-8084 or speeding@chesterfield.gov


Lake Committee

lake Aug 2018

Birkdale Lake Report

If you would like to serve on this committee or have suggestions/comments, please contact Derek at the email below.

Derek Evans
C - 400-2295


Stay Active with Chesterfield Parks and Recreation!

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

Chesterfield Baptist Church

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 am -3:30 pm

16530 Hull St Road, Moseley, VA. 23120

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department’s 50+ Active Lifestyles program staff strives to provide quality leisure activities and services. These activities are designed to assist, inform, entertain, enhance and enrich the lives of Chesterfield County’s citizens 50 and over.

We offer a variety of programs, activities and classes in effort to help older adults remain healthy and vital parts of their communities.

Please visit: https://www.chesterfield.gov/990/50-Active-Lifestyles

for more information or contact:
Kate Sheehan – Recreation Specialist
804-339-2877 direct

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Little Libraries

Many thanks to everyone who has helped keep the Birkdale Little Libraries up and running. We’ve had a constant rotation of great reads for kids and adults alike! If you have some great books to share, please leave them at the gazebo on Royal Birkdale or at the new location on Killarney Court. As you finish a book this month- think Little Library! Please continue to let your neighbors know that the Little Libraries are located in the gazebo on Royal Birkdale Drive and Killarney Court, and are full of great books of all kinds.

Take one, read one, leave one…it’s free for everyone!


Please Serve on our Committees


Want to participate on a committee? This is a great way to meet and work with neighbors for a common goal: helping our community. We are currently looking for Neighborhood Watch, Covenants and Social Committee chairs.

Please send a message to this newsletter with your interests or contact any Board member, and the BCA will gladly and willingly find a place to use your talents! Many thanks!



We are alway looking for residents willing to lend their time and talents to help make Birkdale the community we are all proud to live in. We are grateful to the many kind folks in Birkdale willing to help with committees and social activities, and serving on the Board of Directors. It takes many hands to successfully execute the duties of our Birkdale Community Association for the benefit of all the residents of our 657 homes.



Community Contact List

The Birkdale Board Members
* Earl Bishop, President, 639-5915, earlbishop8313@gmail.com
* Doug Craig, Vice President, 639-1439, cckcraig@aol.com
* Betsy Martello, Secretary/Treasurer, 739-7487, betsy@martellofamily.com
* Wayne Bass, Member-at -Large, 639-0795
*ACS West, Community Manager, 804-282-7451, fax 804-282-9590, E-mail: admin@acswest.org

Association Contact Names and Numbers
* ARC—Lee Kemmet, 739-6405, clkem5@comcast.net
* Covenants Committee--- a volunteer is needed to head this committee
* Landscaping/Lighting—Wayne Bass, 639-0795; Nick Martello, 739-7487
* Newsletter—Cynthia Steiner, 804-852-3365, newsletter@birkdaleonline.com
* Social Committee—VACANT
* Neighborhood Watch--VACANT (Won't you please put your name here?)

Other Community Contact Names and Numbers
* Women’s Club—currently inactive
* Lake Committee---Derek Evans 804-400-2295, husker19642002@yahoo.com
* Swim Team—Joy Blocher, email: collingtonswimteam@gmail.com
* Birkdale Golf Course Clubhouse, 739-8800, www.acumengolf.com
* Birkdale Golf/Swim Membership, hospitality@acumengolf.com


Support your Neighborhood and Local Businesses who Advertise in the Birkdale Classifieds

Spring has arrived and our to-do lists are getting longer. Time to contact the advertisers in this month's Classifieds to help tackle those chores. The Classifieds are filled with local businesses that offer services to make our lives easier. Are you looking to hire a landscape service to help with yard work, an electrician or an handyman to get that to do list started? Does your AC unit need a tune-up? How about a coupon to a local restaurant? Look no further than the Birkdale Classifieds to find residents and local businesses that can help. To view the current issue of the Birkdale Classifieds click the link below. This publication is printed and delivered to paper boxes of all Birkdale residents the first week of each month. If you would like to run an ad in the Birkdale Classifieds, contact Cynthia Steiner at classifieds@birkdaleonline.com. Resident rates start as low as $15/month.

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