Plum Creek Farms
A Beautiful Pete Dye Golf-Course Community in Carmel, Indiana

Bulletin Board

Display of the US Flag (Outside)
"It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.

The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on:
New Year's Day, January 1 Inauguration Day, January 20
Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, third Monday in January         Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February Easter Sunday
Mother's Day   Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May         Flag Day, June 14
Father's Day         Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day, first Monday in September Constitution Day, September 17
Columbus Day, second Monday in October Navy Day, October 27
Veterans Day, November 11 Thanksgiving Day 
Christmas Day, December 25
and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States the birthdays of States (date of admission) and on State holidays.
The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Take flag to a local fire station for proper disposal."


Please remember that the sidewalk in front of and around your home is your responsibility to keep clear from snow,ice, grass clipping, etc., and keep grass clippings from the street and sidewalks to give a cleaner and better look to our neighborhood.  This will also eliminate a hazard to walkers/runners on those damp/slippery mornings and keep the clippings from being washed into the ponds where it feeds the algae.  If we can all make an effort to do this, it will benefit the neighborhood.  Thank You!

"Neighborhood Conservation Project Benefits Plum Creek Farms" Carmel Community Newsletter/October

Lawn, lawn, everywhere a lawn.  In Carmel yards and community common spaces, turf grass—relentlessly fertilized and trimmed to perfection, is a point of pride and passion for many homeowners.   But when these expanses of turf grass go unused they end up being ecologically sterile sinks of time, money, and resources that could be better utilized elsewhere.  Bob Hosler, a retired landscape architect and resident of Plum Creek Farms in Carmel, saw some of these unused and underutilized patches of grass around his community’s ponds and decided to take action. Bob not only initiated tree plantings in these areas but turned the entire process into an educational experience for 30 young men.

Bob aspired to naturalize the Plum Creek Farms pond areas with trees to limit the amount of mowing and maintenance.  Before enlisting the help of Boy Scout Troop 132 in planting the trees, Bob led three educational sessions teaching the young men about proper tree planting and care.  On an April weekend last spring, Bob led Troop 132 and several resident volunteers in planting nearly 500 tree saplings around two Plum Creek Farms ponds.  These trees, as they mature and develop, will provide valuable wildlife habitat and incredible recreational opportunities in an area that was previously unused and maintenance intensive.

Bob’s realization that these areas can have much more to offer may be a new idea in our manicured world but the many benefits of converting unused turf grass spaces may lead us to think otherwise.  Reforestation, natural plantings, wetlands, and outdoor classrooms can provide spaces for passive recreation and learning.  A close to home evening walk through a forest or prairie trail provides relaxation, health benefits, and the opportunity to connect with family members.  Viewing wildlife or learning about tree or flower species can serve as a valuable and long lasting educational experience. 

    In addition to these intrinsic benefits, plantings like Bob’s have a variety of economic benefits.  Plum Creek Farms will start to see reductions in maintenance costs for these areas immediately, and likely see significant savings over coming years.  As these forest stands mature, they will help manage stormwater by holding rain in their canopies with each leaf acting as a plane for evaporation of water back into the air instead of running into nearby detention ponds.  Research has shown that communities with urban forest canopies have higher property values, less crime, and a greater camaraderie between residents as well.

Tree plantings and beyond, there are many ways to turn a sterile or problematic landscape into an enjoyable, educational, and ecologically beneficial addition to your community or personal property. Whether you are a master gardener or landscape novice, technical and financial assistance is available through the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District to help you identify options and get started.  The next time you are out in your yard or neighborhood, think outside the box or even better—outside the turf grass!

Help Improve the Appearance of Our Neighborhood

The HOA Board periodically canvases the neighborhood for areas of concern which detract from the overall appearance of Plum Creek Farms.

During our most recent canvas, it was noted that several trash and recycling bins are being placed at the curb excessively early and others are being left at the curb for an excessive period of time.

The Board is asking ALL residents to follow these guidelines to help improve the appearance of our neighborhood.

  • Trash/recycling bins are not to be placed at the curb before 8pm on the day before collection
  • Trash/recycling bins are to be removed from the curb no later than 9pm on the day of collection AND stored in a location that is not visible from the street

Additionally, if you have items stored in a location that is visible from the street, those items must also be stored out of site from the street.

Your assistance in this effort would be greatly appreciated! Continued violation of these guidelines may result in fines.



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