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March 2021 Community Updates

Trilogy at Verde River

  1. All Good in the Hood. We conducted Routine Maintenance in the Horseshoe Bend, Boulder Canyon and Matazal Neighborhoods. Our crews did a great job and those are looking outstanding as we get to the heart of the spring season. We will continue our work through the rest of the community in the coming weeks.
  2. Growth Spurt. We began expanding our plant renovations throughout the community as nighttime temperatures warmed, adding Texas Sage, Brittle Brush, Fairy Duster, Globe Mallow, Creosote, Dahlia, Cassia, Coral Fountain, Autumn Sage, Chuparose and Mexican Honeysuckle to the list. These plants are now poised for continuous, healthy growth over the coming weeks. We also installed new plants along Kinder Cross Pass, Wood Chute Pass, 3A Breezeway, and the Middle Retention Area in 3A. Likewise, we added new plants along the walkway east of Ord Court and at the corner of Fort Verde and Summit Springs Roads.
  3. Water Works. In anticipation of robust growth and warming temperatures, our crews began adjusting the water cycle throughout the community. Currently, we are watering turf areas three days a week, twice a day. We will continue making adjustments as conditions evolve, to ensure the health of the community’s landscaping.
  4. Hit Refresh. We completed the 8A retention renovation between lots 1213 and 1214. This includes new irrigation installation, new plants and fresh granite. The area looks fantastic now and will just keep getting better and better.

Encanterra Country Club

  1. A Little Off the Top. We continued our plant renovation project throughout the entire community with a focus on trimming sage plants down to 12 inches tall. We also cut back all the frost damaged plants, including: Bougainvillea’s, Yellow Bells, Orange Jubilee’s and Ruellas. This important work helps to improve the plants’ overall health by promoting new growth. It also encourages the them to flower vibrantly throughout the spring and summer.
  2. Spring Cleaning. The team completed its regular maintenance duties along Encanterra Blvd, as well as Algarve Place and the Magma Wash area. We are extremely pleased with how these areas are looking as we get to the heart of spring. We will be moving through the rest of the community in the weeks ahead.
  3. Under Construction. We also focused on a couple of big projects this month. We rebuilt the landscaping on the corner of Kenworthy and Combs Road. The sewer was rebuilt, and our property was disturbed. However, thanks to the crew’s hard work the area looks new again. We also are hard at work on the corner of Neroli Road and Encanterra Blvd, installing new irrigation and plant material as well as sprucing up the granite and rip-rap. We expect to finish this job in April.
  4. Prepping for Summer. Also in April, we will begin prepping the community flower beds for summer beginning April 5th. We will start by removing the winter flowers, turning the soil and adding fertilizer and a fungus treatment. Once the beds are ready, we will install Canna Lilly’s around the Club areas. Other beds will have a mix Angelonia. The pots will have potatos vine called Ipomoea Marguerite and Blackie. The HOA beds will also have the mix Angelonia.

Trilogy at Vistancia

  1. Renovation Rolls On. We’ve been working hard prepping for warm weather by renovating all the landscaping in Phase 1. Currently, our teams are working from just outside the exit gate on Trilogy Blvd all the way to the traffic light at the Water Fountain/Main Entrance to the community. This project has proven to be incredibly labor intensive with the large amount of mulch and dander beneath the Acacia, Redlons and Rosemary. The pump station that feeds the irrigation lines to this area is also down for maintenance. As a result, the project is taking a little longer than anticipated. Because we did not want to install plants without the ability to water them, we are taking this time to install new irrigation. We expect to complete all the landscaped areas outside the main entry by the end of March. Next, we will begin working along Trilogy Blvd towards the Four Corners on the entry side.
  2. The Big Change. While the winter annuals are looking really healthy, adding lots of beautiful color to the entries and pots throughout the community, the time to change them out ahead of the warm weather is rapidly approaching. We will begin changing out all the annual beds and pots the Monday after Easter and expect to have the job completed by April 23rd. We must make this change early so the new annuals will have time to root and get acclimated in their beds before the heat of summer arrives. The flowers we will be planting include: Red Pentas, Pink Pentas, White Pentas, mixed color Angelonias, mixed Perfusion Zinnia, Ipomoea marguerite, Blackie, and Yellow Dot. These will have spectacular color all through late spring, summer and early fall, keeping the community looking its best.

February 2021 Community Updates

Trilogy at Verde River

  1. Spring Clean. We completed our Routine Maintenance Cycle in Sierra Ancha, Mazatzal and Four Peaks Neighborhoods. Those are in picture-perfect shape and will have great color as we progress through the season. We will continue our work through the rest of the community in the coming weeks.
  2. A Little Off the Top. We completed our work removing plants throughout the community stressed by the cold weather and began adding new plant species that will thrive in the coming warm weather. We also completed our spring cutbacks of the Deer Grass. As nighttime temperatures increase, we will be adding more species.
  3. Green Thumb. Nothing says springtime like lush green grass. To ensure the community looks its best, our crews have fertilized and prepped all turf areas. They’ll be in perfect shape as we move into March.
  4. A Time to Sow. Spring is a great time to plant new species and our crews got a head start on the action. In February, we installed three 24-inch box Agave Weberi along the wall to the 9th tee box and completed the 8A retention renovation project between lots 1213 and 1214. We also installed 90 five-gallon Lady Slipper at the entrances, and we planted 50 five-gallon Bougainvillea around the east half of the Dog Park.

Trilogy at Vistancia

  1. Making Progress. Our teams made terrific progress throughout February on the major renovation of the landscaping in Phase 1. This is a huge undertaking with the project running all the way from the Main Gate to Kiva Club. Working from the common areas towards the exit gate, we redesigned all the beds and are replacing the old plants with new species. The new plants include several types of Lantana and Agave, Blue Hibiscus, Red Fairy Duster, Texas Sage, and Desert Cassia among others. Each of these will require less water than the plants they replace and will create an excellent mixture of color and textures with continual blooming. The difference will be dramatic and beautiful year-round.
  2. Heavy Load. Since beginning the renovation of landscaping in Phase 1, we have hauled away six 40-yard dumpsters (totaling 30 tons) of landscape material, including old Acacia trees, Rosemary bushes, and layers of debris that had built up over the years. When this project is complete, your community’s landscape palette will not only be more beautiful, but it will also be as fresh, clean, and efficient as it was at opening.
  3. Prepping for New Growth. We also expanded our rejuvenation pruning to the more frost-sensitive species such as Bougainvillea and Lantanas. The Farmer’s Almanac advises the middle of February to be a safe time to begin this work due to less risk of frost. Our early work focused along Upcountry Blvd, as well as the model homes, the clubhouses, pools and other high visibility areas. We expect pruning to continue through the month of March as we work our way into the interior parcels of the community. As a result, homeowners will see healthy, naturally growing plants thriving as we move deeper into spring.

Encanterra Country Club

  1. Growing Season. We completed the first half of our plant renovation trimming throughout the entire community. We began by trimming sage plants down to 12 inches tall, and we will be finishing the project in March. This helps the plants maintain an aesthetically pleasing appearance and encourages better overall health by allowing the shrubs to naturally grow and bloom.
  2. New Look for a New Year. Our crew also nearly completed the entire planting project at the Gentzel Gatehouse and along Gentzel Road. We’ll tidy up the last few details over next couple of weeks. You’ll love the look. Everything is perfectly manicured and will have great color as the temperatures warm.
  3. Grass is Greener. Most recently, we completed applying fertilizer to all turf areas. Our team used 21-3-3-3 with 10 percent iron. This fertilizer contains sulfur which helps to break up the soil, allowing deeper penetration of the nutrients and creating a healthier overall environment for the grass. This means those cool green lawns will stay lush and vibrant throughout the season.
  4. Steady as We Go. The team completed its regular maintenance duties in neighborhoods 1, 2 and 7. Those are looking spectacular, and we will be moving through the rest of the community in the weeks ahead.

January 2021 Community Updates

Trilogy at Verde River

  1. Dreaming of Spring. Though we were in the midst of winter, our crews were working hard preparing the community to look its best come spring. We continued to replace plants stressed by the winter temperatures throughout the community with a heavy focus on the Four Peaks Shadows (2A and 2B) and Horseshoe Bend neighborhoods. We will continue replacing plants as necessary as we move through the community in our Maintenance Cycle.
  2. A Rock Solid Start to 2021. Although the decorative granite throughout Trilogy at Verde River isn’t affected by the temperatures like plants, it does breakdown over time and requires replacement to keep the community looking fresh and well-tended. During January, we completed the granite refresh in the Four Peaks Shadows neighborhood (2A and 2B), and installed 12 tons of ¾-inch minus Madison Gold granite to the common area west of Lot #220.
  3. A Native Beauty. To enhance the beauty of the property and provide a bit of screening in the transition between the community and the golf course, we’ve submitted a proposal to install three large (24-inch box) Agave Weberi along the wall to the 9th Tee Box of the golf course. We plan to begin the installation over the next few weeks as soon as the proposal is approved.
  1. Spring Cleaning. We kicked off the new year tiding up the landscape in the Four Peaks Shadows, Horseshoe Bend, and Boulder Canyon neighborhoods as part of our normal maintenance rotation. We will be progressing through the rest of the community as we transition into February.

Trilogy at Vistancia

  1. New Look for a New Year. Our team spent much of January focusing on the major renovation of the landscaping in Phase 1 (the stretch of road from the Main Gate until Kiva Club). Working from the common areas towards the exit gate, we redesigned all the beds and replaced the old plants with new species selected to require less water while providing an excellent mixture of color and textures with continual blooming. We also installed new irrigation for the plants. You’ll love the new look come spring.
  2. A Little Off the Top. We began our rejuvenation pruning with the red yuccas which are the least susceptible to frost damage. We will begin pruning sages and oleanders in February once the weather begins warming. Our early work will focus along Upcountry Blvd, as well as the model homes, the clubhouses, pools and other high visibility areas. Afterwards, we will work our way into the interior parcels of the community to ensure the entire property looks spectacular in the coming weeks.

Encanterra Country Club

  1. Ready to Bloom. Along the marketing corridor, we planted Arizona yellow bells and red yucca plants to capture the colors of spring. We also planted Texas sage shrubs accented by little Johns grasses along with the distinctive succulent elephant food set in between as ground cover. Unfortunately, the long and unusually hot summer caused a high mortality rate among the existing plants in the area. But now is a great time to replant, and we look forward to the new plants taking root and thriving.
  2. Just a Trim. On January 28th, we will begin trimming sage plants down to 12 inches tall throughout the entire property. This helps the plants maintain an aesthetically pleasing appearance and encourages better overall health by allowing the shrubs to naturally grow and bloom.
  3. Spring Cleaning. The team performed regular maintenance in neighborhoods 3, 4, and 5.

December 2020 Community Updates

Trilogy at Vistancia

  1. Getting a head start on weed control. It might be chilly now, but spring is just around the corner. The rain we received was just enough to get weeds growing once the warm temperatures return. The best way to manage this is to stay ahead of them. Our crews have been busy applying pre-emergent herbicides to all granite areas maintained by BlueStar Landscape. Will be working hard for the next few months to keep the community weed-free.
  2. Improve color via turf fertilization. Among the many ways our team keeps the turf in great shape is how we approach fertilization. In order to keep the grass growing strong, we apply a granular fertilizer to feed the roots. In addition, to keep the turf that beautiful emerald green color, we spray an application of liquid iron which greens up the grass without causing large amounts of growth. These two particles together make for the lush, green grass you see throughout the community.
  3. Renovation-style pruning to protect plant health. Renovation-style pruning applies to shrubs and groundcovers in a designed urban landscape. This type of pruning permits plants to grow back into the space throughout the growing seasons. This process cannot take place while the plants are in bloom, so we are using this low-growth window to get this work done now.
  4. Plant Renovation in Phase 1. If you’ve driven through Phase 1 (the stretch of road from the Main Gate until Kiva Club) recently, you probably noticed the overgrown and unsightly Acacia Redolens, Rosemary, and other surrounding shrubs. Both the Acacia Redolens and Rosemary have outgrown the area in which they are planted, and they have become habitat for rats and other unwanted wildlife. Over the next month, our crew will be working in small sections to remove the existing plants, then install new irrigation and shrubs, and finally, add the top dressing and granite once planting is complete.

Trilogy at Verde River

  1. Getting a head start on weed control. It might be chilly now, but spring is just around the corner. The rain we received was just enough to get weeds growing once the warm temperatures return. The best way to manage this is to stay ahead of them. Our crews have been busy applying pre-emergent herbicides to all granite areas maintained by BlueStar Landscape. Will be working hard for the next few months to keep the community weed-free.
  2. Keeping the community beautiful. On the other side of the coin, cold temperatures bring troubles of their own, stressing many of our plants beyond their ability to recover. To ensure Trilogy Verde River always looks its best, we’ve been diligent about replacing plants wherever necessary throughout the community. In December, we replaced plants in the Four Peaks Shadow neighborhood (2A & 2B), the Mazatzal View neighborhood (3A & 3B), the Sierra Ancha neighborhood (4A), and the Horseshoe Bend neighborhood (8A). This work is in addition to improvements at the main entry and in the Resort Collection homes. More work will continue in all neighborhoods throughout the season.
  3. Creating a clean start to the New Year. Runoff from rain and wind are very efficient at funneling debris into the community’s many washes. We completed the fourth quarter trash clean up and are about to begin the Madison Gold granite refresh in the Four Peaks Shadow neighborhood. More of this work may be ahead if we see winter rains in the coming weeks.
  4. Continuing the Routine Maintenance Cycle. The year finished in the Mazatzal View neighborhood, which is week 6 of the normal rotation. For week 1 in January, we return to Four Peaks Shadow and Horseshoe Bend.
  5. Fertilization and removal. All turf areas in the community were treated with a 21-7-14 fertilizer mix. The fertilizer will help the growth and overall appearance of our turf. Due to the deteriorating health of a saguaro behind homesite 765, it was removed for safety reasons.

Encanterra Country Club

  1. Improve color via turf fertilization. Between the Bermuda which has started going dormant and the growing conditions facilitated by rain and then steady sunlight, we’ve fertilized all of the turf areas throughout the community. With the fertilization, we should see both improved color and improved density (which also helps color). Our goal is to get to that deep, rich green as soon as we can.
  2. Prepare for the next storms before they come. We are blessed to have many maturing trees in the community, and it is imperative that they are trimmed regularly if they are going to stay healthy. To that end, our crew is thinning trees where needed, particularly the mesquites and palo verdes which have the highest propensity for breaking/falling.
  3. Renovation-style pruning to protect plant health. Renovation-style pruning applies to shrubs and groundcovers in a designed urban landscape. This type of pruning permits plants to grow back into the space throughout the growing seasons. This process cannot take place while the plants are in bloom, so we are using this low-growth window to get this work done now.