Last month, DLC crews overseeded the Village Green, Victory Center and Big Patio turf areas at Verrado. The new Ryegrass in these areas typically takes a few weeks before it’s ready to use. Community-wide overseeding is expected to be finished by the end of October. Crews are scheduled to begin fall planting and replacing annual flowers in select areas this month as well. October also marks the start of Verrado’s seasonal shrub rejuvenation. Look for our Arbor crews to be in your community for approved pruning of large trees.
When temperatures begin to cool down, it’s time to start the rejuvenation of your common area shrubs. November through April, shrubs are seasonally pruned to roughly half of their size before the next year´s growing season. This type of pruning permits plants to grow back into their space during the following growing season. It also allows residents to enjoy the seasonal color of the common area plants because they are not being trimmed during their flowering season. Shrubs that encroach on streets or sidewalks, or obstruct lines of sight at intersections and near road signs, are pruned as necessary.
Learn how to apply this practice to your own shrubs and how to begin to prepare for winter.
This month, you will begin seeing the Ryegrass seed that was planted in September start to sprout. The sprinklers have been running more frequently to keep the soil moist as the seed germinates. We expect the new grass to be ready for activities towards the later part of October. Until then, please try not to walk on these areas while the young Ryegrass grows.
Soaking rains bring much needed water to our desert environment. While the rain is a positive thing for our plants and water bills, it also helps weeds grow. For weed control in your yard, manual removal is the easiest way to get rid of a small number of weeds. But in order to control weeds over a large area, herbicides are the most efficient tools available.
From about October to January, DLC crews will be working on winter weed control. This might include applying a pre-emergent (typically has a light orange tint) as well as treating weeds emerging from winter rains. Pre-emergent is particular effective during this time as it requires rain in order to create a soil barrier that helps prevent weeds from establishing.
To learn more about weed control, visit our Learning Center and search weed control in our handy search function at the top right of the webpage.