This month, expect to see changes in your turf areas as we begin preparing to overseed, which is expected to start mid-September. The turf areas at Redmond Field and around the schools will be left to go dormant. We will be applying fertilizer to the Bermuda grass in these areas and working to keep them green for as long as possible. When your Bermuda grass goes dormant, typically by Thanksgiving, we will continue to maintain it and work to try and keep the turf areas neat and weed-free.
This past month, several monsoon storms swept through the Valley. Your Verrado crew shifted priority and worked to clean up damage from these storms around walkways, streets and other areas throughout your community. Roughly 80 trees were damaged as a result of the monsoons, and cleanup lasted 3 days, including weekend work. We then cleared culverts in an effort to promote proper drainage throughout the community. If you notice standing water in your common areas from the recent rainfall, be sure to alert your community association so they are aware and can take further action.
It’s time to overseed!
The return of cooler temperatures marks a major milestone for turf landscape in the desert. It’s the time that those who want to maintain green turf in parks and lawns through the winter need to overseed Bermuda grass with winter Ryegrass.
A green winter
Overseeding is the process of transitioning summer Bermuda grass out and bringing in winter Ryegrass. We overseed because Bermuda grass grows well in the summer but goes dormant during the winter months. Dormant Bermuda grass has a brown, blonde, straw like appearance and will remain that way until spring. Ryegrass however, stays green and vibrant through the cooler months, then dies out with the summer heat.
When DLC starts to overseed, typically the irrigation in the turf areas is reduced by half and mow heights are lowered to suppress the growth of the Bermuda and open up the soil for the Ryegrass. In addition, the turf is aerated to help the ground receive additional water and nutrients. After that, the Ryegrass seed is laid down. As the grass germinates, we will be watering frequently to keep the delicate seed bed moist. We encourage you not to walk or play on these areas as the grass germinates and until the new grass receives its first mow, typically in 3-4 weeks. In areas that aren’t overseeded, we will work to keep the Bermuda grass green for as long as possible.
To learn more about overseeding, type in “overseed” in the handy search function located at the top right of the DLC Learning Center.