505 Outside Monthly Newsletter

Colder weather is the cue to ramp down your watering! Irrigate only on an as-needed basis and don’t forget to give your trees a deep watering about once a month. It’s the best way to keep plants healthy as we head into winter. Check out our Fall Watering Recommendations — or sign up for an online “Weather the Drought” class — to learn more! Also, this is a good time to add mulch to all your plants; it will keep their roots insulated from coming cold snaps. Locally produced “Compost del Rio Grande” is available for purchase from the Water Authority’s Soil Amendment Facility.

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Landscape and Maintenance Committee Summer News

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Our landscaping company, Yellowstone, works the following schedule: 
Growing season – March through October:  Property will be treated on a three-week cycle.
                       Week 1            Both sides of Seven Bar 
                       Week 2            Both sides of Sierrita 
                       Week 3            Westside Blvd and all the trails
Non-growing season – November through February: Property will be treated on a five-week cycle.  
                      Week 1            West side of Seven Bar 
                       Week 2            East side of Seven Bar 
                Week 3            West side of Sierrita  
                      Week 4            East Side of Sierrita  
                      Week 5            Westside Blvd

The cobbles, stone, and stabilized crusher fines on the re-constructed walking trails worked as designed during the one-half inch plus rainstorm that occurred on July 17th.  There was no major damage to the walkways. The five small areas that sustained some washing away of the surface crusher fines were quickly repaired by the Yellowstone crew when they arrived on-site the following Monday.

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Spring Service Tips and Watering Recommendations

From the April 2021 Newsletter:
It’s officially spring, which means irrigation time is here! It’s our second watering season in a row of drier and warmer conditions, and we’re in a Drought Watch. While it’s important to start watering plants now, don’t overdo it. Your monthly usage should only be two to four times higher than it is in the winter season. Meanwhile, do your best to avoid water waste. Runoff from over-watering is a big culprit, but making updates to your irrigation system can improve efficiency. Generous rebates are available!

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Plant Selection of the Month

Crocus:

Exposure: Sun/Shade
Water: Medium
Height and Spread: 6″ x 6″
Blooming Season: Spring
Description: 
The Crocus is a brilliant addition to any landscape. It is one of the earliest bulbs to arrive and provides the first color to your landscape. The Crocus fits well in most landscapes because it can be found in various colors and sizes. It is easy to grow and care for and will return the following spring. 

Get Winter Irrigation and Landscaping Tips from the ABCWUA

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If you are wondering how much to water your trees during abnormally dry winter, Water Authority’s landscape experts can help answer this question and other landscape and irrigation questions. The Water Authority offers FREE personalized email consultations on topics related to sustainable, desert friendly landscaping and irrigation practices. Simply e-mail: AskAnExpert@abcwua.org and include pictures of your yard, plants and irrigation system when sending in questions.

Landscape Maintenance

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A NEW Landscape Maintenance contract was put out for bid in February.  Previous contracts had the maintenance being done on a five-week rotation.  Five weeks proved to be too long between treatments.  Weeds were large and plentiful and shrubs grew out over the sidewalks.  The new contract calls for a three-week rotation during the growing season (March through October) and a five-week rotation during the non-growing season (November to February).  Based upon this summer’s results, three weeks provides ample time for the crew to address the weeds and shrubs and keep the HOA looking good.  With the weeds and shrubs not growing during the winter, the crew should be able to maintain the property on the five-week schedule with less cost to the HOA.  

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