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Sep 27

Ironwood Park Turf Project

Posted to Association News by Adam Rosen

After reviewing several options and recommendations from turf specialists, we are taking the following measures to maintain the long-term health of the summer turf in Ironwood Park.

Ironwood Park

  • The western portion of the park near the parking lot (Section A), will not be overseeded this season.
  • Applications of a broadleaf herbicide will be completed to eliminate spurge, a weed that grows low to the ground in warm climates. The grass will temporarily turn yellow and brown from the herbicide application.
  • Any bare areas where there is no summer grass will be replaced with fresh sod.  
  • Fertilization and aeration will be completed through the fall and winter.
  • Soil samples will be gathered to analyze for chemical imbalances and corrective actions will be taken as necessary.
  • Once successful, we will complete the same project on Section B next fall while overseeding the revitalized Section A.

While it may not look lush and green  this fall and winter, our hope is that the turf comes back strong and is weed-free and healthy come spring.

Thank you for your patience as this work is completed. If you have questions regarding this project, call the Association Office at 623-215-8646.


Oct 30

Mowing Your Rye Turf

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Adam Rosen

As your newly over seeded turf comes in, it is important to dry the grass before your first mow.  Rye grass, by nature, holds more moisture than Bermuda and can be difficult to mow if not dry when cutting.

After germination and getting ready to mow for the first time, make sure your turf is off for a day or two prior to mowing. Mow high the first cut and apply a balanced fertilizer to encourage root growth and greening element. A balanced 21-7-14 product should do the trick. After your first mow, set your irrigation timer to run for three days per week at around 5 minutes for pop up heads and 12 minutes for rotors.

You may have to mow twice per week for the first month to keep the turf looking good.

Nov 14

Watch High School Choirs Caroling at Old Town Festival

Posted to Peoria News by Adam Rosen

For the first time, the Old Town Holiday Festival will have strolling groups of carolers singing throughout the evening.

Six high school choirs from the Peoria Unified School District will be performing. Two schools, Centennial and Sunrise Mountain High Schools, will be performing outdoors while walking around the event. Four choirs, Cactus, Peoria, Liberty and Ironwood, will perform on stage in the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.

The Old Town Festival will be held from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in Old Town located at the corner of Grand and Peoria Avenues.