Ridgeview Ranch Yard of the Month Winners!

July 19, 2013

Ridgeview Ranch homeowners are doing a fantastic job keeping their yards looking great throughout the hot summer months.  Even with Plano’s stage 3 water restriction schedule, and the small amount of rainfall we get during the summer months, most of our yards, flowerbeds, trees and shrubs are still looking good!    Congratulations to the following homeowners who were awarded the Calloway’s Yard of the Month honors for June and July!

June 2013 Winners:

  • Estates – 2704 Royal Troon
  • Manors – 9816 Zembriski
  • Villages – 2633 Zoeller
  • West – 9741 Windburn

July 2013 Winners:

  • Estates – 9408 Rattle Run
  • Manor – 2601 Royal Birkdale
  • Villages – 2732 Buck Hill
  • West – 3104 Deleon

Winners receive a $25 gift certificate to Calloway’s along with bragging rights of course!  Thanks to Calloway’s for sponsoring this program and thanks to all the Ridgeview Ranch homeowners who work so hard to keep our neighborhood looking GREAT!  And if you are doing a little gardening in your yard, please use the Calloway’s coupon below or attend one of their gardening seminars!  Watch for info on our website in the “Timely Tips for Gardeners” post around the first of each month.  Keep up the good work!

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Calloway’s Timely Tips for July Gardeners

July 2, 2013

dripping waterMulch Helps Plants Weather the Summer Heat!

Summer is upon us and your garden may be feeling the affects of the heat. Mulch can help your garden plants weather the summer heat and still thrive.

 Reduce Water Use
Mulch provides several healthy benefits to Texas gardens in the summertime. One of the most well-known benefits of mulch is to reduce evaporation and water use. In the heat of summer conserving water can be particularly important. Mulch reduces evaporation preserving the water in the ground where your plants can access it through their root system.

Regulate Sub-Surface Temperatures
Another very important benefit to mulch in the heat of summer is regulation of ground temperature. A 3 to 4 inch blanket of mulch is excellent insulation, protecting the ground from direct sun, and greatly reducing the temperature several inches below ground level. This is where your plants’ roots live, thrive and do the hard work of absorbing moisture and nutrients. They will be much healthier and more productive with the reduction in temperature that mulch provides.

Types of Mulch
As for types of mulch, we recommend hardwood or cedar-wood for most gardens. Some gardeners prefer pine mulch, but while it is somewhat less expensive, it also breaks down more quickly and will need to be reapplied frequently. Cedar is the most expensive of the three but does help reduce garden pests in some instances, due to its natural repellent properties.

To apply mulch, simply place it in the garden from the bag or with a shovel, and carefully spread it around your plants by hand or with a rake.

Mulch will reduce your water use, reduce the time required to weed, as well as reduce soil loss due to wind and run-off. Plus it will help your plants to thrive through the summer heat!

Find more garden tips at www.calloways.com/good-neighbor-homeowners-association-program.

Upcoming Clinics You May Enjoy!

July 6 – Growing Fall Tomatoes. Tasty Tomatoes! Learn to grow these naturally delicious garden options. Now is the time to prepare and plant for your Fall harvest. Selection of the right varieties is the key to success. Join us as we discuss the best tomato types for Texas gardens. Enjoy the natural delight of tasteful foods that you have grown yourself. Clinic at all Calloway’s and Cornelius Nurserys, 10:15 am, Saturday.

July 13 – Water-Wise Gardening. Save water in Texas! Discover tips, tricks and expert advice on water-wise gardening. Laugh at the summer heat with drought-tolerant plants. Get tips to conserve moisture and learn effective watering techniques! Clinic at all Calloway’s and Cornelius Nurserys, 10:15 am, Saturday.

Information courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery ©2013, www.calloways.com. Attribution to Calloway’s required for all use and reproduction.

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Plano Metro Rotary Flag Program

July 2, 2013

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Ridgeview Ranch is participating in the Plano Metro Rotary Flag Program again this year thanks to the generous sponsorship of resident and Ebby Halliday Realtor Jennifer Day.  The Rotary places flags at each of our entrances for seven national holidays celebrating our country.  The fees used to pay for participation in the program go to support a number of local charities.

 

Participation is not limited to HOAs.  Residents can participate in the program for just $40 per year.  Please follow the link below for more information or contact Rotary President Shelley Strickland at ShelleyS@catmarketing.com

 

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