September 2022 Newsletter

September Newsletter
Community Events
Enter Wheatlands in the search bar on the left hand side of the page
and then click on Wheatlands Beer and Food Pairing to register
A portion of the food tasting for this event is sponsored by:
Upcoming Community Events
The hot beverage tent for this event will be is sponsored by:
Enter Wheatlands in the search bar on the left hand side of the page
and then click on Wheatlands Murder Mystery Night to register
Community Event Recap
Another great turn out at our last official food truck night of the season. The weather was fantastic and it was wonderful seeing lots of smiling, laughing faces enjoying the entertainment, kids playing on the playground and delicious food trucks. A very special thank you to Erin Mehojah from Exit Realty, DTC and Melissa Engle from Home Mortgage Alliance for sponsoring the Magician and Balloon Twister at this event.
What a fabulous way to celebrate “back to school” with a fun concert, food trucks and margaritas on a Friday night! A very special thank you to the 1320 Homes Real Estate Team and Josh Stewart with Give Financing for sponsoring the Band and providing margaritas to the community for this event.
Community Information
Pool Closes for the Season:
Summer is slowly winding down and our outdoor pool closes for the season on Monday September 5th. We had a great pool season this year and appreciate our lifeguards ensuring our community stayed safe! We hope you enjoyed the pool this season as well!

The last day the pool will be open is Labor Day from 10am-8pm
Lifeguards will be on duty that day.

Mineral Rights:
The City of Aurora provided a letter to residents in our ward regarding mineral rights. To view a copy of the letter click here.

Park Phase II:
The project is currently running 2 weeks behind due to delays in materials. There was a concrete shortage that was causing the schedule to be pushed back. Also the permitting through the City of Aurora was delayed. They are hoping to have substantial completion towards the middle of October however the shelters that were ordered months ago are currently delayed as well. We appreciate the community’s patience with this project and the park committee is working with our contractors so we can all enjoy our new space together sooner!  
Landscape Updates:
Cox Landscaping provided a list of shrubs and areas that could be enhanced as we budget for next year.  The board approved adding new bushes and shrubs around Wheatlands Pkwy near the clubhouse entrance during our last meeting.  The board also approved removing a bush near the pool that was dying and infested with wasps. This is near the boys bathroom and a discussion took place on enhancing the space that is currently just rocks between the entrance to the pool and the lifeguard shack. The idea is to hide the air conditioning unit and make the space more usable with a walkway and bench for next year.

Vandalism at the Community Park:
Unfortunately we have been experiencing vandalism at the park this summer. In addition to graffiti, the copper wires were stolen from the lights at the park which is very expensive to replace, costing the district over $6,000 to replace and fix. We also noticed the playground window was cut apart for the second time which is $600 to replace each time. The board has ordered the replacements for the lights and the windows but it is expensive and we wanted the community to know about the damage.  We do have cameras at the park and have reported everything to the police. We ask as a community we look out for each other and appreciate your help reporting any suspicious activity to the police as well.

Neighborhood Lights Out:
Xcel energy has been notified of all the lights that are out in the community and is in the process of repairing them. Thank you for you patience as Xcel addresses the issue.
Urban Soccer Field:

At the end of August, the urban soccer field committee met with the urban soccer field representatives to get the project started. A rough timeline was given to have the soccer fields built and brought onsite by the end of November however as the project progresses we will have a better understanding of the project schedule. One turf field will be located outside the garage doors on the downstairs level of the recreation center and the second field will be located behind the lower parking lot on the west side. The addition of the outdoor turf fields will allow for more sports programs to be offered at our recreation center and a bigger space for youth and adult programming.  
Here at Wheatlands we know that this has been a difficult season for lawn maintenance and weed control due to the extreme conditions we have had this summer and watering restrictions that are in place. 

We have spoken to a landscaper and compiled some helpful tips below:

1. Water in cooler parts of the day, early morning or late at night. 
2. Don’t water to the point of run off, it is better to cycle areas for small amounts of time, for better absorption.
3. One of the best things you could do to help keep your lawn green in hot dry weather, is get a product called Revive (can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, and other gardening stores), it attaches to your hose, and you spray it over the whole lawn. It helps break up the soil and provide nutrients, so the water has better absorption. You can do it up to once a week to start and then just monthly.

4. If you don’t like using chemical treatments for weeds, try using this natural recipe for weed killer: 

5. If it is over 85 degrees do not spray your weeds either chemical or natural solutions as the weeds plant cells close and do not absorb anything. Spraying early in the morning to avoid the heat is the best time. 

It’s been the perfect storm for Colorado’s tough weeds, with an early spring and just enough hand-watering and natural precipitation to germinate seeds.
If you’re down for the fight and fixing to win, arm yourself with these seven strategic bits of info.

• Fertilizer needs to be in your arsenal. According to researchers at Colorado State University, weeds thrive even better in lawns that are not fertilized. A healthy lawn crowds out weeds, and part of building a healthy lawn is proper fertilization.

• Drying out weeds won’t help you kill them. Again according to CSU, drought-stressed weeds may look like they are about to die, but they aren’t. They’ve evolved to thwart drought. But the healthier that weeds are, the easier they are to control because healthy weeds are better able to take in anything you put on them.

• Know your weed before you pull it. If the numbers are manageable, many can simply be dug out. Other weeds, such as bindweed and thistle, generally should not be pulled because their roots grow deep. Pulling these weeds just activates their regenerative root systems to start more growth. (If you’re trying to fight bindweed naturally, cut it.)

• If you apply a weed treatment, know its limitations. Here are two critical distinctions among weed-zapping products:
Selective products are effective because they’re designed to select certain plant traits to work on, such as broadleaf weeds. These products are effective on dandelions (broad leaves) in the lawn because they deal with the dandelions and don’t harm the grass (thin blades/leaves).
Nonselective products will zap any plant they contact. So if you use a product like Roundup — or one of the newer horticultural vinegars — you need to know that they will affect both the dandelion and the lawn.

• For any product, follow the label. Find out what the product is good for and where it might do more harm than good. If you use a product that requires mixing with water, don’t assume more is better. According to USDA scientists who do testing, using more product is usually less effective than the recommended amount.

• Is there a breeze? Whatever treatment you use, beware of it drifting even in a slight waft.

• The best strategy in the weed war is to be always on the offensive. The more proactive you are in the battle against weeds, the better your success. Treating weeds early and effectively, before they develop and disperse seeds — sometimes tens of thousands of them — gets the best control.
Becky Garber is a member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado. This article originally appeared in the Vail Daily.
Next Board Meeting

Thursday, September 8th at 6:00pm
this meeting will be a held in person at the Wheatlands Clubhouse located at

We welcome all community members to attend and participate in our board meetings.

Get involved and volunteer for a committee and share your talents!

Going forward the board has decided to allow for flexibility with our meetings
and will post on the agenda prior to each meeting if they will be at the clubhouse or online. 

View our website at to see the agenda and past meeting minutes. 

Thank you! 
YMCA Programs
Kids Night Out!

When: Friday September 9th & 23rd
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Where: Aurora YMCA at Wheatlands

What: Kids Night Out
Drop the kids off for 3 hours of fun. Dinner, games, crafts, and a movie. Our staff will start the evening with dinner and then lead the kids through a craft and some fun games and activities, followed by a movie. 

Ages: Potty-trained to 12 years old.

Please register by the previous Wednesday.

Cost: $20/child
Limited to 20 kids.

In order for us to have Kids Night Out
will need at least 6 children to sign up. 
Enter Aurora Kids Night Out in the search bar on the left hand side of the page
and then click on Kids Night Out to register
Sign up for

Kids and Canvas

Friday, September 2nd
$25 a child (ages 5+)
Southlands Events
Southlands Wine Walk
Thursday, September 15th from 5-8pm

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door.

Click below to purchase tickets and get more information

Proceeds go to the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver to help provide programs and scholarships!.