Apr 14

Shifting Into Summer Months

Posted on April 14, 2021 at 4:20 PM by Krislyn Powell

Did you overseed your yard last fall? If so, it’s time to take an important step towards discouraging the Winter Ryegrass and encouraging the Summer Bermuda: closer mowing! The Ryegrass starts to recede as temperatures warm, but for a time it can compete with the emerging Bermuda. This competition for water and nutrients can inhibit the start of your summer lawn. It’s best to get rid of the Rye quickly to give your Bermuda a better chance at a healthy start.

Beginning towards the end of March, lower the deck on your mower by ¼ per week. If 2 inches is a typical mow height, you should be at 1-1.25 inches by the end of April. You should also reduce the amount of water and add a fertilizer for new growth. By the 1st of June, your Bermuda grass will be ready for the summer months!

Visit the Learning Center on our website, dlcresources.com/learning-center, for additional information about turf transition. 

green before after mow turf
Apr 05

Spring Turf Transition

Posted on April 5, 2021 at 2:58 PM by Krislyn Powell

It’s April, and spring is in full bloom! You will begin to see many changes in your Community due to warmer weather, particularly in turf areas. Each year at this time, it’s necessary to encourage summer Bermuda grass to emerge from its dormancy. We are starting to discourage winter Ryegrass that’s currently growing by closer mowing and less watering to allow Bermuda to make a healthy, vibrant start more easily!

The seasonal pruning crews have been doing the last few months is still ongoing. We have been trimming select shrubs throughout the property to lower heights, helping to keep them at a manageable size and promote healthy regrowth in the spring and summer. Crews are watching for weed growth and address areas as needed.

We also recently planted new shrubs in Desert Trail and Serenade neighborhoods. Enjoy these new additions to your landscape!

It’s Turf Transition Time

Transitioning from Ryegrass to Bermuda grass is, ideally, a gradual process that typically lasts from the beginning of April through the end of May. Subtle changes occur in turf areas throughout the transition period. DLC Water Management Experts will monitor watering times in the common areas to encourage Bermuda grass growth. We gradually lower mower heights from 2 inches down to 1-1.25 inches to suppress the Ryegrass growth.

As the Ryegrass dies off, the turf may appear off-color or yellow, and there may even be some areas that appear dry. This is a temporary condition that improves as the Bermuda grass fills in. 
Prolonged physical compaction of the soil results in a hard surface that does not allow for an efficient amount of water and nutrients to be absorbed into the turf’s root system. We aerate the turf to remedy this, creating holes (3 to 6 inches deep) in the soil for nutrients to reach the root system. We also use this time to apply fertilizer while the new holes are still fresh, which allows for increased absorption and leads to a healthier and lusher turf for all residents to enjoy. 

new shrubs

Mar 30

Preparing for New Spring Flowers

Posted on March 30, 2021 at 11:06 AM by Krislyn Powell

To best prepare your flower beds for new spring flowers, March is an ideal time to get your soil ready for new growth! Tilling your garden will help to turnover and refresh the earth before you install your spring flowers. This process helps to mix layers rich with organic matter to foster growth while also loosening tough soil spots. 

After tilling, you should add nutrient-rich fertilizer or amendments to create a welcoming environment for flowers as they are planted or installed. In our harsh Arizona landscape, it is crucial to provide any advantage possible around your property! With quality soil, the proper watering schedule and a little bit of care, your flowers will be vibrant additions this spring!