As we move further into spring, the common area plant material at Verrado continues its transition to the warmer climate.
Last month, DLC’s aeration crews completed aeration on your common area turf, which allows the roots of your Bermuda grass to better receive water, nutrients and oxygen. We also began applying fertilizer to these turf areas in an effort promote the healthy growth of your dormant Bermuda grass.
As temperatures begin to rise, we will continue monitoring and managing the irrigation needs of the turf to help it through this seasonal change.
Our crews are reviewing sightlines throughout your community and reducing plant material spreading beyond its growth space. During this time, we will also be looking to remove suckers from your common area trees.
Besides our regular maintenance work, we have other news and projects at Verrado that have either been completed or are scheduled to finish soon.
- Summer annual flowers have been planted in pots and planter beds throughout your community.
- DLC was happy to participate in Verrado’s Founder’s Day Celebration. Members of our team were at the event planting fresh flowers for the residents of your community.
Throughout May, our crews will continue to address the various challenges that arise from the changing seasons and spring growth. In addition to landscape upkeep, we will proceed to treat weeds as we encounter them.
Caring for Young Trees
Did you take advantage of our early spring this year and did some new spring planting? Did you add new trees to your home landscape? Sometimes we think when we install a new tree, nature will take over in caring for it. But really, new trees need special attention, especially as it tries to establish itself during the first few years of growth.
During the First Year
In the tree’s first year, we encourage leaving as many limbs on the tree, along the entire length of the trunk, for as long as possible. Keeping these extra limbs provides more leafs for the tree to use to make more nutrients to grow stronger more rapidly.
Little pruning may be required during the first year; this may include removal of dead or broken branches, a competing leader, any branches touching the ground or any sprouts (also known as “suckers”) growing directly out of the base of the trunk. Otherwise, trees are best left un-pruned during this time.
Visit the DLC Learning Center to learn more about how to care for your young tree including proper watering. Just go to dlclearningcenter.com and search for “young tree” in our hand search function located at the top right of the home page.
Turf Transition Continues
The natural progression to summer Bermuda grass from winter Rye grass continues in your common areas. During this time, the Rye grass dies and the turf may appear to be yellow or have some areas that look dry. This is a temporary condition that improves at the Bermuda grass fills in. Transitioning from Ryegrass to Bermuda grass is, ideally, a gradual process that typically lasts from the beginning of April through the end of May.