Oct 11

The Pesky Problem: Weeds

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 11:27 AM by Adam Rosen

It’s time to get proactive about weeds! We all know that dealing with weeds can be a pesky chore when maintaining your yard. At DLC Resources, we apply pre-emergent herbicides in order help prevent various weeds from coming up in the common areas throughout The Villages. You can do the same in your own backyard!

Granular pre-emergent is a good option for homeowners and can be purchased online or at your local hardware or garden stores. You can also contact local companies to come out and do the work for you. However, spreading pre-emergent yourself is a simple process; granular pre-emergent gets spread the same way you would spread seed or fertilizer.

In order to be effective, pre-emergent needs to be watered down in order for it to seep into the ground and prevent the weeds from germinating. Right now is the perfect time to spread pre-emergent because of the rains we are receiving. However, if Mother Nature throws a curve ball and we don’t get the expected rainfall at this time of year, you can mimic the process by watering the pre-emergent in with a hose. Just remember to follow your product’s instruction label.

If applied in the next few months, pre-emergent will help reduce the weed population you receive in the spring, saving you from pulling weeds instead of enjoying the good weather.

Oct 03

All About the Globe Mallow

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 11:38 AM by Adam Rosen

Those who live in the desert know that it is not desolate, but is actually home to many plants that provide color and vibrancy to our landscape. Globe Mallows or Sphaeralcea ambigua, are one of these plants that grow beautiful flowers and are masters at surviving the harsh summer and moderate winter climates. You can spot Globe Mallows in Vistancia. They can be identified by their woody bases and light orange flowers; however, they can also grow in variations of white, purple, pink and red.

These shrubs are perfectly adapted for the desert. Globe Mallows are native to the Southwestern United States and Mexico. They require full sun and little water, and are very drought tolerant. They also mix well with other desert plants.

When caring for a Globe Mallow in your own yard, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery suggests planting them with good drainage. Also note that for best results, this plant should be pruned because it is fast growing. After they flower in the spring, you should cut them down to about six inches in the fall. Even after trimming it down to that size, it will reach three feet in height and width in one growing season. While pruning and maintaining your Globe Mallow, be aware of the tiny hairs on the plant’s leaves. They are sometimes irritating to people. We recommend wearing gloves and long sleeves whenever you prune any plant in your yard.
Sep 26

The Skeletonizer

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 2:53 PM by Adam Rosen

Pests come in all shapes and sizes. Currently, the Skeletonizer, a caterpillar, has been spotted in the upper layer of leaves on various plants in Vistancia. These caterpillars do not eat the leaf veins, leaving just a skeleton of a leaf when they are done feeding. The species is currently being found across Arizona. It’s a relatively new species to our region, and was first discovered in the United States in Southern California just a few years ago. This species has now spread throughout Central and Southern Arizona. DLC’s observation is that the Skeletonizers seem to be focused on Tecoma Stans and Orange Jubilee bushes.

DLC Resources crews have been keeping an eye out for the caterpillars and plants they have damaged. Unfortunately, there is not much to do. The Arizona Cooperative Extension recommends simply letting the frost kill off the remaining pests. The shrubs will regrow leaves once the pests have died.