As stewards of Verrado’s unique landscape, the Verrado Community Association (VCA) prioritizes sustainable maintenance of our distinguishing community parks. In that spirit, our team has established a four-to-five-year overseeding rotation plan and schedule.
A horticultural best practice, overseeding rotation allows our team to responsibly and sustainably manage our community resources. It also benefits the long-term health and general appearance of the grass by allowing the Bermuda grass time to recover and to re-establish itself.
The VCA has identified the following outdoor gathering spaces as parks that will not be overseeded this fall: Granite Ridge Park, Walton Park, Astoria Gardens, Cora’s Garden, Cottonwood Grove, Glen Park, Grandview Park, Hamilton’s Run, Mesquite Grove, Poet’s Park, Crescent Park, Verrado Dog Park, Point Ridge Park, Prospector Park, Summit Park, Turtle’s Landing, Wood’s Run, and Pioneer Drive.
The selection of these parks was strategic by sprinkling parks that will not be overseeded among parks that will be overseeded, so that all residents continue to be in close proximity of a lush, green park during the winter season.
For those parks that aren’t overseeded, residents can expect grass with varying shades of brown from about mid-December to late April. Or more specifically, from the first frost through to the spring when nighttime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees.
By concentrating our precious water resources on maintaining specific community parks and on our inventory of 20,000 community trees, Verrado will achieve an estimated $60,000 in savings this season. And because Ryegrass requires more water through the winter—it must be watered at least three times daily to stimulate seed germination and keep the grass alive—the VCA believes we will conserve around 7.6 million gallons of water.