These updates on what we are working on in SOA common areas are from Jim O’Connell, the SOA’s Project Manager.

May 21, 2019

Where did all the dandelions go? A few weeks ago the weeds in the common area turf were looking rather … ahem, robust, and several of you expressed concern. As you can see in the photos above, the broadleaf application we applied a few weeks ago has made a big difference.

Next week we plan to wage another battle in our “turf war,” with a second application of fertilizer and broadleaf/preemergent/fungicide control. That should leave our common area turf in great shape for the summer growing season.

On another note, we’ve been keeping an eye on the 50 new trees that we planted last fall along the parkways. They seem to be greening up nicely this spring. The photo below shows a few of the trees that greet motorists on Somersett Ridge Parkway between the West Monument and the Verdi roundabout.


May 14, 2019

Irrigation
In the three weeks since BrightView turned on the common area irrigation system, crews have made an astonishing number of fixes to various components, including:

  • 11 mainline repairs
  • Replacing over 300 damaged irrigation heads

Fixing the mainlines involved shutting the water off to large portions of the landscape, which explains why turf in some of those areas looks stressed. Replacing the damaged heads is helping us to water more effectively. In the coming weeks, we expect the turf to respond to these improvements as water is flowing more evenly and efficiently.

Turf maintenance plan
BrightView has contracted with TruGreen to put a Turf Benefit Plan in place with the goal of improving the grass in the common area this year. TruGreen has finished the first treatment, which included:

  • Fertilizer
  • Post-emergent weed control targeting anything that is not grass (dandelions!)
  • Pre-emergent to stop existing weed seeds from germinating
  • Preventative fungicide treatment

Because areas of the turf are still not looking as good as we would like, TruGreen will step up the next treatment to four weeks from now instead of six weeks.
It will take some time for the grass to develop a stronger root system and to respond to these treatments, but we expect that within 7 weeks to see improvement and by 12 weeks to enjoy a very noticeable improvement in the turf.

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