City Improvement/Enforcement Project to remove "junk/interfering" trees

The city is enforcing that all Bradford Pears/"unstable trees" be removed from areas where the city and utility workers work and the city will remove them at no cost.  The trees were initially trimmed by OG&E due to interference with utility lines.  

If not removed, the city and OG&E will either remove or continue to come in and cut trees.  The trees were cut at the wrong time of the year and are not healthy.   An arborist stated there are too many of them, they are not healthy trees and are dead or dying and we will continue to lose them.   

We obtained bids to have them trimmed and the quotes came back at $8500 or more.  That is way too much money to spend when the city is enforcing that they be removed.  The city has an enforcement/improvement project to remove all Bradford Pears / junker trees at no cost. It was discussed at the annual meeting and all were in agreement to remove them and we received no complaints as the cost was too much.

An arborist will recommend the type and number of trees to be planted to not interfere with the city or utility workers.

Pruning Bradford Pears

Besides our Annual HOA Meeting in November, The Meadows HOA Board also has Monthly Meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:15 PM. to discuss different agenda.
Every homeowner is welcome - call Dalia at 722-3878 for the location as they vary monthly. FYI from Dalia: HOW TO SAVE YOUR BRADFORD PEAR

I was driving around after an early morning storm and so many Bradford Pears were split in half or missing large branches. Although our Oklahoma County Master Gardeners suggest better choices like Cleveland Select (a smaller, better variety of pear), Chinese Pistache or Redbud for your yard, if you want to keep your Bradford Pears healthy and disease free, Fall is a good time to prune during the pear’s dormancy.

Clip the overhang and trim out the inside and dome it up so you would have better air circulation. The interior denseness weakens the tree and contributes toward limb breakage. Also many times overpopulation of the same tree creates problems – so lining up Pears like soldiers is not a good idea. That is the reason why we had so many root problems in the front entry (they were intertwining) and continuous problems on Wilshire Rd.

Pruning is very good at the right time!

Simple Pruning Chart

The simplest Pruning Chart groups most plants, shrubs and trees into only 2 main Categories – SUMMER FLOWERING and SPRING FLOWERING.

Category A: Pruning Broadleaf Evergreens during dormancy is safest - least desirable is after new growth when the carbohydrates are being used for development. Boxwoods, Holly, Nandina, Photinia, Roses (Floribunda and Grandiflora).

Category B: The Summer Flowering shrubs grow on limbs produced on same season, new wood and should be pruned March 22 - June 22 before new growth. Abelia, Althea, Barberry, Burning Bush, Buddlea, Beautyberry, Camellia, Clemetis, Crapemyrtles, Hardy Hibiscus, Peonies, Spirea (Japanese and Anthony Waterer), Vitex. ALSO: Grapevines, Blueberries, Blackberries fall into this group.

Rule #2: SPRING FLOWERING are the Exception to the Dormancy and Spring Flowering rule … Spring Flowering bloom on old wood, prune as soon as flowers fade. Azalea, Big Leaf Hydrangea, Chokeberry, Figs, Forsythia, Gardenia, Indian Hawthorn, Kerria, Lilac, Saucer Magnolia, Mockorange, Pyracantha, Quinces, Smoketree, Viburnum, Weigela, Wisteria,Vines. Many place Climbing Roses and Shrub Roses in this Category.

Simple, forget all the other rules! ….MULCH - MULCH for winter protection.

Front Entrance Information:

The Meadows at Riverbend Landscaping Update

In July 2009, as recommended by several arborists, we removed the forest of Bradford Pears from the front entryway. The termite infested borders were also replaced with brick retaining walls and low maintenance native trees and shrubs: Goldmound Spirea, Dwarf Barberry, Dwarf Pocomote Crape Myrtles, Knockout Roses, Daylilies, Chinese Pistache, Shantung Maple, and Whitcomb’s disease resistant ‘Dynamite’ Crape Myrtles.

In April of 2010, we added Foster & Nellie Stevens Hollies for winter color. The Bradford Pear roots which are coming up – are treated monthly and will take some time to eliminate. In the meantime, English Tree Service pruned the overgrown Bradford Pears lining Wilshire to maintain some balance and will be replaced with better varieties as they fall. As we initially explained, the trees were planted to close together and need sun and air to remain healthy. It costs more to remove than to replace. Our next agenda is the updating of the sprinkler system - the front fence along Wilshire will be addressed when the City widening project is finished.

In late 2014. All the roses were affected by the Rose Disease and removed and the Shantung Maple has been replaced with an Allee Elm (a smaller version of the Lacebark Elm recommended by the Oklahoma County Master Gardeners) and should do a lot better under stress of water rationing and heat. Will keep you updated as the City finishes their widening project.  

Thank you for your support of our effort to create a healthier environment. Your e-mails, phone calls and continuous applause for our colorful orchard are appreciated and make the job worthwhile.

Neighborhood Newsletter - We are looking for a volunteer to help us with communications. We are looking for someone to help with newsletter preparation along with email and mail correspondence to all the homeowners. If you are interested or no someone who is interested, please send an email to or

Sales are picking up in The Meadows

The Meadows HOA Board

Welcome to The Meadows at Riverbend

Pay Your Annual HOA
Dues Online with

© Copyright The Meadows Homeowners Association

Home   News    FAQ    Classifieds    Documents    Park Calendar & Reservation