Calloway’s Timely Tips for May Gardeners

May 14, 2013

May Manor YOM - 9701 Kennemer

Texas is home to nearly 5,000 native plant species due to the vast and diverse geography of our great state! Often people envision “native plants” with Mesquites and cacti but many of our basic landscape plants are native to Texas. After the summer of 2011, many gardeners seek to naturally enhance their spaces with Texas tough plants. Native plants tolerate the Texas summer heat better than most, require less water, need less mowing, provide habitats for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, protect the soil and save on fertilizers and insecticides.

 

May Estates YOM - 2945 Oakland Hills

Add native trees to your landscape and enjoy the colorful blooms from the Texas Mountain Laurel or Desert Willow. Select Texas Sage for its purple summer flowers or the Red Yucca with its red spike-like bloom as additions to your landscape. Native grasses such as Mexican Feathergrass or Big Muhly add another different texture and look to the garden. Also, don’t forget the reliable perennials for providing Texas tough color! Blackfoot Daisy, Gaura, Coneflower and many of your Salvias are native to Texas and will provide color year after year once they are established.

May Villages YOM - 9121 Norman

If you need specific help with your next gardening idea or project, please join us for FREE in-store garden clinics this month. Clinics begin at 10:15 a.m. and are facilitated at every store.

 

Saturday, May 18: Those blooming shrubs (10:15 a.m.) - Add structure and color to your naturally-inspired spaces with rose and azalea shrubs.

 

Saturday, May 25: Butterfly & hummingbird gardens (10:15 a.m.) - Bring your garden alive with plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

May West YOM - 9629 Gold Hills

For more information, visit www.calloways.com. Hope to see you in the garden soon!

 Congratulations to our May Yard of the Month Winners:

Estates – 2945 Oakland Hills

Manor – 9701 Kennemer

Villages – 9121 Norman

West – 9629 Gold Hills

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Swim Safely this Summer!

May 2, 2013

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As the weather gets warmer, more and more residents and their families will be heading out to enjoy time together at our community pools. In order to get the most out of our pools this season, keep swim safety a priority!

Drowning is he second most common cause of death from injuries in kids under age 14.  Drownings can happen in less than two minutes after a person’s head goes under water.  Many times, a person is injured while out of the water by falling on a slippery deck or jumping into a portion of the pool that is too shallow.  All of these injuries can be prevented by carefully following pool safety rules.  Ridgeview Ranch pool rules are posted at each pool.  You can review them before heading to the pool by clicking on the following link.

Ridgeview Ranch Pool Rules 

The American Red Cross has published a list of safety tips to be aware of before you head out to the pools that includes the following items:

  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Maintain constant supervision.
    • Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
    • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.  Don’t read a book or answer the phone.
    • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safetywater safetyfirst aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
  • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.  Re-apply often.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.

It is also important to take health safety precautions to avoid spreading germs and disease while swimming this summer.

  • Do not swim when sick or have diarrhea.
  • Try not to get water in your mouth.
  • Make sure everyone is clean before swimming. Shower with soap. Wash your hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers.
  • Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area – not pool side.
  • Use leak-proof swim pants or special swim diapers for children who are not potty trained and change them often.
  • If someone has an accident in the pool (vomiting, or fecal contamination), get out of the pool and report the incident to it the management company or pool maintenance company immediately by calling the phone numbers posted inside the amenity center and in the bathrooms.

Keeping these important safety tips in mind will help make summer more enjoyable for you, your family and all of your Ridgeview Ranch neighbors.  Have a safe and swimtastic summer!