Good afternoon, Andy:

I hope you and yours are doing well. As you know, Blade Runner has been working on several landscaping projects recently throughout Oakland Hall. You’ve been helping us for a few years now, and your work has always been very professional, your staff courteous and attentive to detail.

This past week, however, the work of Mr. Julio Amaya and Mr. Melvin Ventura merits special recognition for going above and beyond expectations. The new plant beds have well-defined edges and symmetry. Certain bushes have been removed and certain trees planted with utmost care. And both gentlemen have been courteous to (I am sad to say) often impertinent and inconsiderate residents.

The stonework completed by Mr. Amaya and Mr. Ventura is remarkable. It is both practical and beautiful, geometry and art, and something only highly skilled craftsmen can accomplish. I hope you have a chance to see their work the next time you visit. I hope you will let them know how grateful we are for their work ethic and for their contribution to our community.

As for the work they completed on Ticer Drive, both gentlemen turned an eyesore into a welcoming garden, not an easy feat.

Thank you very, very much.


Elizabeth —-


Hi Terry –

As you know we had two crews on the property this week for lots of work.  I want to complement the crews for the quick and efficient service.  They were also very respectful and helpful to individual homeowners who approached them.

Please let Eric and the crews know, we are a pleased customer.  

Winnie P….


Please know that the crews on the property last week were great!  They were here early, worked hard all day and did a great job of cleaning up every evening. And the crew was polite to everyone.  

I will defer to Winnie, but I wanted to touch base with you since you followed up with us.



Did you know that Blade Runners has a full tree department with two Arborist on Staff?

See more of the specialized Equipment we use to protect your property —>  SEE BLADE RUNNERS CRAWLER!!

We sure do, we can help with:

– Emergency Tree Care
– Tree Removal
– Stump Removal
– Pruning
– Fertilization
– Tree Nutrition
– Arborist Reports and Consultation
– Pest Management
– Resistograph Tree Assessment

Blade Runners can care for your trees and we know how to keep them healthy. Trees in the metro area are reacting to many environmental stresses and showing signs of much needed attention.  At Blade Runners we use state of the art non-destructive equipment, causing less damage to the landscape below or structures around. We can provide long term solutions & work to provide a phased approach over many years to help you manage your budgets & resident concerns!  When it comes to your tree concerns,  think Blade Runners.


See Another comment on the Amazing Blade Runners Tree Department —>  Alexandria HOA comments on Tree Department

Blade Runners Approach: Posting Agronomic Signs

While this requirement for Associations (§ 55-510.3 )may produce added expense for the association it really is a good idea.  This effective communication to your residents, communicates service dates, the QR Code provides and takes residents instantly to the Blade Runners Resource Book. This has all the support documentation of pesticide products to be applied, along with MSDS sheets, product labels, product toxicity info (if any), mixture rates and contact information should they have further concerns. 

Blade Runners has long provided this pesticide sign posting service option for our Homeowner Associations, Condominium Associations and Commercial Sites.  This not just littering the community with pesticide application flags vaguely communicating the ‘something’ was applied. 

Blade Runners Agro Sign

We provide highly visible, solid real estate-style signs placed at specific areas of the property. It contains the dates of application along with the QR Code Link to our resource book and a way to contact Blade Runners with questions. 

Proper implementation for both pesticide notice posting and the agronomic applications takes planning.  Adequate inventories of signs are needed to replace weathered and/or stolen signs.  Coordination planning is necessary in order to time the application after a turf mowing for maximum control along with the required 48 hour advance posting visit to place the signs. In the event of poor weather, an additional visit might be needed to alter the date.  Signs are removed from the site after the application.

As with many things there is more to this than meets the eye. Associations should be careful that there solution is a comprehensive one that adds value.    Turn this annoyance into a positive thing for your community!

See our Famous Blade Runners Resource Book Here–>   Click Here-Blade Runners Resource Book Here!


Blade Runners QR Code Link to Resource Book on Sign contains:

  • Product label and MSDS sheets for all products we use.
  • Phone numbers for state and government agencies should the client want addition information.
  • Questions and answers regarding the service & Our methods of production and the manner in which we deliver the service.
  • Blade Runners Agronomic Program Details – with Product Names, Timeline, Mixture Rates.
  • Blade Runners Philosophy “SAFE” Program.
  • S- Safety 
  • A- Accreditation 
  • F- Facts
  • E- Education 

Read all about Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act requirements for new notice of pesticide application 

Virginia HOA Boards, and Property Managers, and landscape contractors were blindsided by a Virginia Statute (§ 55-510.3 ) requiring 48 hours of posting notice for all agronomic applications.

Read the actual statue § 55-510.3. Common areas; notice of pesticide application.  The association shall post notice of all pesticide applications in or upon the common areas. Such notice shall consist of conspicuous signs placed in or upon the common areas where the pesticide will be applied at least 48 hours prior to the application

The West Village of Shirlington, Arlington named Community Association of the Year Large Category by Community Associations Institute Washington Metro Chapter.

 See link the CAI DC – West Village Large Community of the year!

Congratulations to West Village!  Blade Runners is honored to work and partner with West Village of Shirlington and work with the Board of Directors, Landscape Committee and Management! 

You can also see other communities past Blade Runners winner at – See Another Blade Runners Community that won Community of the Year

Also,@ your tree crew did a wonderful job taking down the dead pine tree out front. By the time the stump had been removed, the ground was left completely flat and right now there is a perfect little circle of straw covering the grass seed.  So glad to have the dead tree gone!
Thank you for another excellent job done. 

Hello Shannon, Thank you very much for your recommendations.   I am sending to the Board and will get back to you about their decision.   
I want to tell you how much we appreciate the always-great job your company/crew does.  Everything seems to get done very smoothly, BladeRunners must have an excellent management system set up for that to happen so consistently.  
Best, G–

Hi Eric,
I was the landscaping committee board member and point of contact with Shannon at Blade Runners the past year. I just resigned my board position but I wanted to let you know it was a pleasure to work with BR and Shannon. It was a lot of work especially for the first year and Shannon helped us a lot to navigate all the variety of issues that came up. He was very responsive and I was surprised all the time the response time even on the weekend including Sunday from him.
It cannot be easy to work with a volunteer board of a small community but Shannon has always been patient and professional with us. Our common area had been neglected for a long time and we can already see a very positive difference one year with BR had made. Although it’s impossible to not encounter some complaints or unreasonable demands, many residents did express their gratitude for the work you all have done.
I hope HHATA can continue to maintain a good relationship with BR and continue to improve our neighborhood!
Thank You and have a great weekend!

Hi Shannon,

Once again, your crew did a great job getting the leaves picked up before today’s storm and rain…we dodged a bullet in our area with today’s storm.. Pease pass on our compliments to your crew members.

On another note, Brittney will be reaching out to discuss addressing three large bare areas (behind the back row of Montague Court, along the back row of Montana Court and an area adjacent to the sidewalk along the side of Montana Court and leading to Manchester Court.)  with no grass and which have become mud quagmires for ideas on how we can consider restoring the areas come spring time. 

Best wishes for the holiday.


FYI we’ll perform the work outlined in the attached proposal in the Spring. We are still finishing up the other work that precedes the landscaping. Please pencil it in for April time frame – it’s grading and sod work. 
PS – the guys did a good job on the Fall leaf removal and cleanup. The community looks really nice, thanks for your efforts.
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