Aug 15

Cleaning Up After Monsoons

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 11:45 AM by Adam Rosen

Monsoon storms continue to cause damage across the valley. Over the past few weeks, the community has lost more than 100 trees. In order to handle this increase in storm damage, DLC Resources has brought in two extra crews and is focusing on getting the community functioning normally again.

A considerable amount of damage came from storms that began last Thursday and continued throughout the weekend. Our emergency team responded on Saturday to handle downed trees. Please continue to call the Association Office or report a maintenance concern online to report emergency storm damage needs, such as downed trees that block roads and sidewalks.

After the bulk of storm damage has been cleaned up, you may still see tree stumps remaining in the ground. We wait to properly remove the stumps from the ground using specialized equipment. We are putting together a plan for stump removal and will keep an account of the stumps we take out in order to accurately update your tree inventory.

Please note: DLC Resources is only authorized to clean up your community’s common areas. We do not have services available for homeowner’s downed trees.

Aug 08

Monsoons and Your Landscape

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 3:13 PM by Adam Rosen

While everyone in the desert welcomes summer rains, the monsoon storms can cause damage to your community’s landscape.

Last month, two monsoon storms hit Vistancia, leaving some damage. DLC focuses on clean-up and repair after these storms. For immediate emergency aid, we have personnel on call 24 hours a day to handle the most pressing effects of the storm, such as trees blocking streets or sidewalks. Following our initial response, a full scale cleanup will generally begin the following morning.

Unfortunately, we do not have services available to remove homeowners’ downed trees. We are only authorized to clean up common areas. If you see storm damage in your community’s common areas, report it to Vistancia Community Management.

You can help maintain your yard during the monsoon season by assessing your trees, pruning exceedingly thick foliage and having dead branches removed. In order to conserve water after a storm, check the status of your irrigation controller, observe the condition of your plants and check the moisture of your soil.

The best way to check soil moisture is to stick a screwdriver in the ground. If you are able to insert the screwdriver easily to approximately six inches, there is enough moisture in the soil. If you have difficulty, you may need to apply more water.

Aug 02

Summer Weeds Are Here

Posted on August 2, 2018 at 2:18 PM by Adam Rosen

Monsoon season is in full swing, bringing with it rain and humidity. The hot, sticky air not only makes being outside feel uncomfortable, it also encourages weed growth. In turf areas, Spurge and Prickly Lettuce are most common, and you may see them popping up in your backyard turf. Right now, you can spray weeds with a selective turf weed herbicide.

Apply directly to weeds about 2-3 days after mowing (to allow for weed growth) and do not mow until 2-3 days after spraying so the turf weeds can soak up the herbicide. Treating weeds like this will help prevent them from spreading seeds in the soil, and can help reduce your weed growth in the future.

Later this fall, once your Bermuda goes dormant and if you decide not to overseed with Ryegrass, you can further prevent weeds with a pre-emergent herbicide. Available at home improvement stores, pre-emergent should be applied throughout the turf area; it works by preventing seeds already in the ground from sprouting.