Timely Tips for May Gardeners

April 29, 2016

…From Calloway’s and Cornelius

May is the month that makes us think of beautiful flowers. Visits to Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery, the Dallas Arboretum, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will stimulate lots of new ideas and possibilities for your landscape.

Remember Mother’s Day is May 8th! Moms of all ages will love something garden related as a Mother’s Day gift. Instead of the usual vase of cut flowers; plan ahead and give that special person a naturally-inspired bouquet that changes with seasons, a beautiful Container Creation. Choose from our pre-made selections or design one yourself. Tropical Hibiscus & Hydrangeas make a stunning presentation . Succulents are also a great option and they are perfect in our terrariums as well.

Although your Pansies may still be looking great in early May, it’s the perfect time to include some Summer flowering plants like Hibiscus and Periwinkles. You’ll find a beautiful selection of annuals and perennials to give you lots of vibrant color.

Pinch back growth of newly planted annual and perennial plants. This results in shorter, compact plants with more flowers. Allow the foliage of Daffodils and other Spring flowering bulbs to mature and yellow before removing.

Spread a second application of pre-emergent for crabgrass and other grassy weeds. Fertilize lawns with a final feeding before Summer. Fertilize roses every four to six weeks and control black spot with a systemic fungicide. Feed trees and shrubs with Calloway’s 16-8-8 Tree and Shrub Food.

May Garden Series

Saturday, May 7th at 10:15 am – When? Where? Why? Perennials vs. Annuals
Saturday, May 14th at 10:15 am – Create a Color Extravaganza for Poolside & Patio
Saturday, May 21st at 10:15 am – Design Picture-Worthy Landscapes
Saturday, May 28th at 10:15 am – Be Green with Drip Irrigation

Information is courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery at www.calloways.com. Attribution to Calloway’s required for all use and reproduction.

 

 

 

Annual HOA Meeting Wrap-up

April 12, 2016

The annual meeting of the Ridgeview Ranch Homeowners Association was Thursday, April 6th at 7:00PM at the Maribelle M. Davis Library on Independence Rd., in Plano.  Fifty-one homeowners were in attendance representing thirty-six homes in our community.  In combination with proxies submitted, a quorum was met and the HOA board was able to conduct the necessary business of electing two new directors to the board.  Congratulations to our new directors Bridget Todd and Dione Beilgard.

Board President, Tony Rizzo gave a presentation of accomplishments for the past year and improvements being made in 2016.  Treasurer, George Tanghongs presented slides related the the HOA budget and how homeowner’s funds are used to support the community.  The entire presentation is included below:

 

Highlights include extensive plans to overhaul the landscaping and monument signs at all eighteen neighborhood entrances.  And, because of a grant from the City of Plano, the HOA will be installing horse sculptures to further enhance the entrances along with the new landscaping that is in process of installation now.

A number of homeowner questions were submitted prior to the meeting.  Topics included entrance landscaping, ACC committee service, enforcement of neighborhood standards, parking on streets, fitness room issues, rental properties and timeliness of board actions.  Answers were given as part of the overall presentation or as part of the discussion afterwards.

In addition, School Board candidate and Ridgeview Ranch homeowner, Anjali M. Shirvalkar, addressed the assembly and asked for their vote.  To wrap up the meeting a $50 gift certificate was awarded to resident Suresh Pankaj.

If you need additional details, please use the board email form on the contact page of this website, or contact our neighborhood manager, Diane Parker with CCMC.  Until next year!

Timely Tips for April Gardeners

April 11, 2016

…From Calloway’s and Cornelius

April means “to open” or “opening”, in allusion to it being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open”. This is the month of rebirth and hope for the future. April means Spring so; get out your gardening tools and get moving. Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery are fully stocked with all kinds of plants and products for every purpose for today’s gardeners.  Consider adding Native Plants such as Texas Sage, Red Yucca, and Mexican Heather to your landscape. Native plants are perfect for our Texas Summer heat better than most, require less water, require less mowing, provide habitats for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, protect the soil, and save on fertilizes and insecticides.

A successful garden begins with good soil. Organic material is important to the soil composition. It helps with drainage and increases the microbe population. Expanded shale is used to break up hard compacted clay soils. Top dress your flowerbeds and containers with organic mulches.

Hopefully you have your tomatoes, peppers, squash, and other warm season vegetables already planted; if not get them in the ground right away. To get the highest yields, make additions of fertilizer (called side dressing) every couple of weeks, starting about a month after transplanting or seeding. If your yard is too small for a traditional garden plot, try gardening in containers. The bigger the container, the better!

If you want to create a truly dynamic garden, inviting colorful guests like butterflies and hummingbirds is definitely the way to go. Butterflies like sunshine and plenty of space to fly around, so opt for a sunny, open spot. Both enjoy having some type of cover as a resting spot. Your garden can even include a water feature for butterflies and hummingbirds to play in.

St. Augustine and Bermuda lawns should be actively growing now; so it is a great time to apply fertilizer. Please consult one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals for the best advice for your lawn. A correctly fertilized lawn now will better help your lawn to handle the Texas Summer heat!

 

April Garden Series

Saturday, April 16th at 10:15 amPerfect Perennials for Texas Gardens
Saturday, April 23rd at 10:15 amEnchanting Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens
Saturday, April 30th at 10:15 am - All DFW Locations – Edible Plants – Tasty Treats from the Garden,  Cornelius Nursery - Waterwise Gardens with Showoff Native Plants

AT&T Updates in Ridgeview Ranch

April 11, 2016

Many residents have inquired about some of the utility work going on in our area.  Please review the letter attached below for more information on what AT&T is doing and how to contact them if you have issues!

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