February is a great time to start planning for your spring garden. Even if you have a small space or a predominantly desert landscape, it is still possible to enjoy a spring garden full of fruits and vegetables through the use of pots and planters.
We recommend waiting to plant until temperatures begin to heat up in March, though some plants could also be sprouted in your homes and kitchens before warmer weather arrives. Plants you may consider adding to your garden are carrots, sweet corn, cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, onions, radishes, squash and sunflowers.
If you don’t want to start your garden from scratch, you can also transplant many fruits, vegetables and herbs. Transplanting means that you take seedlings or even more developed plants you find at the store and replant them in your own pot or planter. We recommend transplanting things like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.
Once you have a plan, it’s time to get planting and watch your garden grow. Regardless of which planting style you choose, be sure to water and fertilize to help new seeds root and established plants grow and thrive. When your plants are grown you will be able to take pride in your work and feast on the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor.
In honor of the Valentine’s Day holiday, we are taking a closer look at the Valentine Bush.
The Valentine Bush, also known as an Emu Bush or Valentine Emu, is known for its winter hardiness and the fact that it begins to bloom around mid-February. Other plants tend to wait to bloom until temperatures are warmer in the late spring. The Valentine Bush’s blooms are usually a bright pink color, adding to the romantic namesake.
The Valentine Bush is commonly used in desert landscaping, including in the community's common area landscape. They can also be great additions to your own yard because of their hardiness and color. They are widely used as accent shrubs or even as hedges. The bush can be left natural, with spiky branches and beautiful blooms, which is how you will see it , or be pruned to look more formal and structured. The Valentine Bush also attracts butterflies with its bright flowers, making it a nice way to bring more life to your yard.
This year, skip on the roses and get your sweetheart a Valentine Bush instead!
With the winter season coming to a close, DLC Resources has been focusing on routine maintenance and preparing the community's landscape for spring. The on-site crew has been working through the entire community. As we have gained more experience with your unique landscape over the past 10 months, we are now able to move much more quickly through maintenance work like trimming trees and shrubs to help prevent them from encroaching on streets, sidewalks and walking paths.
We have seen an increase in weed growth throughout the winter due to frequent rain. In order to stay on top of weed growth, we have been bringing in specialized weed technicians to spray both granite and turf areas.
Winter ryegrass is still being regularly mowed to keep it looking clean and fertilized to help keep it strong and healthy. When temperatures begin to heat back up in the early summer, we will begin the process of transitioning your community’s Winter ryegrass back to Bermuda.
In the meantime, we are excited to start to see more of your community’s plants move into their growing season and provide seasonal color and life to the landscape. As we move into spring, we will be adjusting the watering schedule to account for this growth.