Dethatching Turf

Mid-summer is the best time of year to take a close look at your Bermudagrass health. Not only is it important to look at the color of turf and to make sure you are watering efficiently, but also look at what is going on at the ground level. Thatch, which is composed of dead and living roots, stems and leaves, can thicken overtime, creating a ‘poufy’ lawn. Thatch that is over ½” can impact the health of the lawn, making it more prone to stress during mowing and extreme temperatures, also making it more prone to pests and disease. Here are tips on how to manage thatch and promote a healthy and vigorously growing summer lawn.

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Cactus and Succulents

Cactus and succulents add both interest and structured silhouettes in the desert landscape, but if not maintained correctly, they can become not only an eyesore, but a liability. Below are tips on maintaining and selecting the right cactus or succulent for the right place.

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Leaf Blower Etiquette

At one time or another, we have all been awakened by a leaf blower in the neighborhood, and while they are an essential tool in maintaining a tidy yard, the leaf blower, or should we say the operator of the left blower can be at times an annoyance. But with a little awareness and courtesy, cleaning one’s property doesn’t have to be a disturbance to the public.

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Turf Transitioning - brought to you by Southwest Sod

Want to learn a thing or two about growing grass that might be helpful to you? Let’s start with some watering wisdom for your turf. Always water established turf in the early morning to prevent excessive evaporation. Next, if footprints stay in your grass for more than 5 minutes, it's time turn on the sprinklers. A bluish gray tint also indicates stress and lack of water. If the dry area is not getting the same amount of water as the green area, adjust the sprinkler heads accordingly.

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Desert Tree Farm's Vegetable Garden Feeds Many at St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families in our community who have nowhere else to turn for help. As important, they provide meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors in need and ALCA member Desert Tree Farm has been doing just that for more than five years.

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