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By: Georgia M.
Prosperity Flats
Having lived here 18 months, I can honestly say that life at Prosperity Flats has been exceptional. Without question, each member of the Prosperity Flats team beginning with the office and reception staff and extending to the maintenance and housekeeping is courteous and professional. It does not take long for one to realize that thoughtful consideration was given to the design of Prosperity Flats.The multiple common areas were created to meet the differing needs of residents. Prosperity Flats is similar to a small community with a diverse population. All welcomed and assisted as needed. Gathering opportunities are planned to allow those interested to easily become acquainted. Residents may choose to enjoy the work out room, game room or simply spend time alone reading, watching TV or working on the computer with the free wifi (indoor common areas) and free coffee. There are also trash and recycling chutes, balconies, computers and a printer too. An added bonus and much appreciated are carts to transfer items between your car and apartment. Equally accommodating is the outdoor seating areas with grills, a doggie park and a pool bordered by a walking path. Personal transportation is not necessary as the Dunn Loring station is a short walk away. A slightly longer walk takes you to the Mosaic District. You will never feel unsafe with the 24 hr concierge coverage, secured doors and cameras throughout including the parking garage.I challenge you to find staff as friendly and accommodating as the Prosperity Flats team. I hesitate to mention staff names as everyone has been exceptional; however, will mention names of those who I have personally interacted with on a number of occasions: Gina (Assistant Manager), Adil and Jerry (maintenance), Michael, Mercedes and Walter (all concierge) and Veritza and Walter (contract housekeeping). I highly recommend that you look at Prosperity Flats before making an apartment decision.
Tips & Advices
Yes, many nurseries ship plants and trees, but inter-state shipping regulations are complex and strict, and nurseries must be in compliance regardless of whether that disallows a customer order. Also, even if items are allowed to ship, they might not survive if outside the proper USDA growing zones--in which case a nursery might try to discourage the customer from placing the order.
The ease of caring for fruit trees varies according to where you live, but lemon trees and apple trees are widely considered easy to grow. Pear trees are fast-growing but need to be planted alongside another pear variety to bear fruit. Stone fruit trees, especially cherries and plums, are popular in regions with defined seasons and cool winters.  In hot/humid regions, banana trees (producing small varieties of banana) and mango trees are known as “fast fruiters” that require little care.
Plant Hardiness Zones are the government-researched standard geographical breakdown of broad climate regions across the United States. The USDA has created a map of the United States, which includes 11 planting zones. This map helps gardeners determine what to plant when, based on accumulated weather data. Factors like soil quality and microclimates are not accounted for in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, and should certainly be taken into consideration as well.
Perennial plants and trees grow anew each spring, and are dormant in the winter. Annuals have a lifespan of only one growing season, and need to be replanted each year.
Evergreen is a term for plants and trees that keep some green foliage year-round. While the term “evergreen” is closely associated with pine trees, many other types of trees are also evergreen, including live oak, blue spruce, eucalypts, and most of the coniferous cousins of pine.

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