Calloway’s Timely Tips for May and June

May 30, 2014

Sorry for the delay in getting these posted.  May tips are good for all spring months so please take advantage of the opportunity to learn.  AND, pleaser remember, any significant changes to your landscaping requires an ACC project request and approval BEFORE you begin the work.  The required info and forms is available on our website on the ACC page.

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

Texas Mountain Laurels or Desert Willows are native trees that will add colorful blooms to your landscape. For addition blooms and a Texas Sage with the purple summer flowers or a Red Yucca with its red spike-like blooms to the landscape.

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. Perennials are often those plants that can be divided, shared and passed on from generation to generation. You can also use perennials in a “cutting garden”. Select varieties that will bloom at different times of the year so something will always be in bloom.

It’s getting hotter and summer time activities are getting into full swing. June brings both the opportunity to plant summer color, and the routine garden maintenance of mowing and weeding.

Keep up with the mowing so you don’t have to bag the clippings. Mow every 5 to 6 days instead of every 7 to 10 days and let the clippings fall back into the lawn recycles nutrients but does not promote thatch. Keep the mower blade sharpened.

Mulching is the best way to conserve moisture in the landscape. A three to four inch layer over the root zone retains moisture, keeps the soil cooler and helps prevent weeds.

June is a great month for setting out colorful summer annuals. Marigolds, Salvia, Petunias, Verbena, Cockscombs and Celosia are great in sunny locations. Color for the shady areas includes Caladiums, Coleus, Impatiens and Begonias.

Make your landscape a bird-friendly one by fulfill all of a wild bird’s basic needs, food, shelter, water and nesting sites. The best types of plants to use to attract local birds are the plants they are most familiar with. Native landscaping uses local and regional trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses, and those are the same plants that birds recognize as rich food sources and appropriate shelter.

Father is the man of the month of June. Acknowledge Dad’s love of the garden with a Father’s Day gift he’ll use often. Gardening gloves are a relatively inexpensive way to help protect Dad’s hands from thorns brambles, cuts and blisters. Basic garden tools use old-fashioned elbow grease to get the job done. Make sure your Father has plenty of hand tools to dig, rake, and shear the yard into a work of art.

Free Clinics at your nearest Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery!

Saturday, May 31: Create your own Masterpiece – The Basics of Landscape Design – (10:15 a.m.) Experts walk you through soil preparation, plant selection and design concepts

Saturday, June 7: Landscaping for Wild Birds – (10:15 a.m.)  Learn keys to the right habitat to attract a wide range of popular birds.

Saturday, June 14: Groundcovers in the Landscape - (10:15 a.m.)  Natural carpets of plants provide smooth garden transitions…Groundcovers tie together garden spaces.

Saturday, June 21: Summer Lawncare: Everything You Need to Know - (10:15 a.m.)  If visions of running barefoot through thick green lawns are in your thoughts, join the experts and learn how to make that dream a reality.

Saturday, June 28: Heat-Thriving and Colorful Plants – (10:15 a.m.)  It’s time to freshen up those inspired spaces – just in time for the upcoming holiday.

Splashin’ Around at Splash Day

May 28, 2014

School is almost out for the summer.  Days are getting longer and the temperature is getting warmer.  That can only mean one thing…POOL TIME!  Let’s get summer started with a fun event at the Bellerive Pool!  Join friends and family Saturday, June 7th from 2 to 4 pm for some swimming, pizza, pop-cicles and fun.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
  • Time: 2pm to 4pm
  • Place: Bellerive Pool
  • Extras: Pizza, Pop-cicles provided by Ridgeview Ranch HOA and bottled water and kids activity provided by Liz Aviles with VIP Realty

Volunteers are needed.  Please contact Bridget Todd at bridgettodd@sbcglobal.net to help out!

Spring Golf Scramble – Register TODAY!

May 12, 2014

The 2014 Spring Golf Scramble will be held Sunday, May 18 at Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club with a 2PM shotgun start.  Check-in starts at 12:30PM. Registration and payment are due TODAY so if you are interested in playing please email event coordinator Ray Strickland at ray.strickland@att.net to let him know you are interested in playing!

The entry fee for Ridgeview Ranch residents is $50.  Guests are welcome to play for $70 (limited to 1 guest per resident).  Please make checks payable to Ray Strickland and mail/ drop off at 2721 Royal Troon Drive.  The enrty fee includes:

  • greens & cart fee
  • practice balls
  • 2 drink tickets
  • $5 Golf Shop Gift Card and a free green fee pass to both Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club and Riverchase Golf Club

After the tournament enjoy beverage & hot dog specials in the banquet room.

Email Ray Strickland for details or questions: ray.strickland@att.net