February is a great time to over seed any remaining bare areas of your lawn or to over seed as a renovation in its appearance. Remember to dethatch and mow your yard at your mowers lowest setting if you are going to do the whole yards, or cultivate and loosen soil in the bare areas if this is the limit of your work. You may have to mow two or three times, progressively lowering the blade each pass.
We generally recommend you use a mix of several varieties of tall fescue grass, and no perennial ryegrass this time of year. Do not prune spring flowering plants like rhaphiolepis, ligustrum, and photinia right now. You will be pruning off the buds that will soon blossom. You can however prune off any frost damage from winter now that the danger of frost has lessened.
You can cut back ornamental grasses and morea (iris) before new growth starts. Warmer days in February make for great vegetable planting; plant all herbs, beets, carrots, collards, fava beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, parsley, peas, rutabaga, spinach, and turnip. They will do well in the cool but sunny days ahead. Gear up for spring and summer by turning on and adjusting each sprinkler head. Fix any leaks or breaks, and replace any clogged or broken nozzles. Set up your timer to water for about 5-9 minutes (standard pop up nozzles) 2-3 times per week. Turn off the timer after it rains, and leave it off for several days until you see the lawn stress.
Bonus Tip: If you see a fresh display of summer bulbs in the stores you can still plant now with success including Dutch iris, lily and begonia. Do not plant bulbs that have spent the winter on display since last fall, even if the sale price seems too good to be true. They won’t bloom well.
The Avalon Management Group, AAMC® - an Accredited Association Management Company and one of California’s most trusted homeowner association management firms, announces a new San Marcos office location. The office will be headed by Mark Jones, AMS®, PCAM®.
Mr. Jones, with over 35 years of association experience, is a founding member of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), the Community Associations Institute (CAI-GRIE), and the Innovia Management Cooperative, a speaker and a teacher for local and national HOA educational events, and is nationally known for his creative use of technology to improve efficiency and operational effectiveness.
Avalon is one of the state’s leading experts in effective homeowner association management. The firm represents larger planned developments with a comprehensive range of services involving cost containment, member communication, community engagement, effective policies and procedures, and upper tier facilities management.
Avalon also is one of the state’s leading providers of technology, Board Member education and resource materials for homeowner associations.
Avalon's new San Marcos office location, combined with its offices in Temecula and Canyon Lake, provides clients with expanded access and connections to the most cost effective and successful management group in the region. The expansion facilitates Avalon's ability to build upon its successes in helping clients achieve their goals of improving their communities.
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