As we move further into fall and temperatures continue to cool, we are preparing your common areas for winter enjoyment. You may have also noticed some fresh color around Verrado, Victory and The Victory Club as we finished installing winter annual flowers in those areas in late October. Be on the lookout for some more fresh additions in mid-November, as we are beginning to replace plants and trees in selected areas.
In terms of seasonal projects, we recently finished overseeding your turf with Ryegrass and are currently in the process of mowing these areas. We are continuing to fertilize this fresh Ryegrass every 3 to 4 weeks, which will strengthen the turf and help it withstand the wear and tear of winter play.
We will be starting seasonal shrub renovation, in which we prune select plants to about half their size. This practice is important for promoting natural regrowth and optimum blooming during the spring and summer months. The end result is that you can enjoy the beauty of your flowering plants while keeping them at a reasonable size.
Also coming in November and December is pre-emergent application. We apply pre-emergent herbicide to the non-turf common area in the winter to help prevent the germination of weeds in the spring. If you happen to notice a slightly yellower tint to the rock areas, that’s the pre-emergent and the color will fade within a week.
As we enter into the cooler months, our desert plants go mostly dormant and don’t need water. Check out the information below to see how you can take advantage of the potential water savings!
Winter Water Management
In most households, the majority of water used is applied to the landscape. But now that the winter months are bringing cooler, wetter weather, you have an opportunity reduce your water usage and save money on your water bill.
Here are some tips and tricks that you can use to reduce water usage while still maintaining a healthy landscape:
- As the weather continues to cool down, adjust your watering frequency and run time. You can use the interactive tools at wateruseitwisely.com to determine how often and how long the stations on your irrigation controller should run. If you have a desert-adapted landscape, you can usually turn off your irrigation system from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day.
- Take advantage of every rainfall. Turn your clock to the “off” or “rain” position and monitor plants for the first signs of wilting before reactivating.
- Check to make sure your irrigation system is not leaking. With everything off, inside and out, observe the dial on your water meter (usually located in the front yard). If it is still turning, there is water leaking somewhere.
- Test the moisture depth in your soil. A screwdriver will move easily through most soil when it is wet, but will stop when it reaches dry soil. The roots of most shrubs are about 6 inches to 18 inches deep, grass roots are about 4 inches deep, and a large tree will have most of its roots within the first 24 inches.
For additional landscaping tips and tricks, visit our Learning Center at dlclearningcenter.com.