Spring is in bloom in the Valley! Be on the lookout for some fresh color, as we will be installing annual flowers in select locations throughout your community this month. Species include Red and Yellow Cannas, Impomoeas and Zinnias. Stay tuned.
Your overseeded Ryegrass will begin to fade out as we begin to lower mow heights. We are mowing using a process called vertical cutting, which will help promote transition. Look for the Bermuda grass in the areas we didn’t overseed to start coming out of dormancy, shifting from its straw color to green.
We are also preparing to aerate your turf, which means we perforate the surface to allow air, water and nutrients to reach the lower layers. This helps balance out the nutrients in the turf and increase overall strength. We are adjusting your irrigation run times to coincide with the rising temperatures and to back off on the Ryegrass.
We are finished with seasonal pruning, the process in which we trim shrubs to about half their size or smaller to promote proper regrowth and health. Now that spring is here, keep an eye out for the shrubs we pruned earlier in the winter to start blooming.
We also continue with cycle work, pruning overgrown tree branches and plants, cleaning debris and keeping an eye on your sightlines as needed. We continue to treat any weed growth as needed.
DLC was happy to join you at the Verrado Founder’s Day Community Picnic, where we handed out flowers and planters to decorate with stickers. We thank you for having us and look forward to more opportunities to join you.
Turf transition is coming
As the warmer temperatures return, your common area turf that was overseeded this past fall will begin transitioning from Ryegrass to Bermuda grass.
This switch from winter grass to summer grass typically begins at the beginning of April and lasts through the end of May. Until then, DLC Resources crews will continue to fertilize as needed to keep it strong and vibrant.
Expect to see dry patches of rye grass and Bermuda grass filling in as we lower our mow heights, this will aid in the transition.
Post-emergent for spring weeds
A warmer winter means the time for weed control is now! There are two categories of herbicides for weed control: pre-emergent and post-emergent. Pre-emergent herbicides was applied in the winter and is designed to prevent seeds from germinating in the soil, while post-emergent herbicides kill weeds that have germinated and are visible in the landscape.
Spring and summer are the best times to use a post-emergent herbicide like Roundup concentrate. Be careful not to spray weed killer on plants or turf as the herbicide is absorbed by the leaves and travels through the plant. These products cannot differentiate between plants and weeds.
Additionally, this type of herbicide does not instantly kill the plant. If you spray the weed and then remove it, any remaining roots may not have had time to absorb the weed control spray.
Whether you want to add new plants to your yard or you’re replacing sick, dying, or unhealthy plants, now is the time to do so. For our desert landscape, plant replacement is most successful in the early spring because temperatures and humidity allow the new plants to establish themselves in their new environment before the harsher summer weather arrives.
Ideally, new plants should be installed when nighttime temperatures are greater than 55 degrees for a prolonged period of time and daytime temperatures are less than 90 degrees. This is especially important for certain tree species like acacia salicina and the desert willow because they establish new roots very slowly.
To learn how to choose your new plants and steps to install them, go to the DLC Learning Center and enter “planting” into the handy search bar at the top right of the page.
Time for frost recovery
What, no frost to trim off? If you have frost damage on your plants now if the time to renovate frost sensitive plants, this will allow the plants to put out all new growth keeping the plants looking new and healthy.
Remember, renovation will take off most all the leaves on the plant leaving sticks for a couple weeks until the new growth fills in.
Annual flower replacement time
Mid-April is the time to change out those winter annuals for summer annuals, but be careful ant the home stores as they continue pushing those nice looking winter annuals through April.