Pick Up The Poop – It’s the Law!

June 24, 2016

IMG_20151025_174033Each year when the weather gets warmer, neighbors hit the sidewalks more and more with their furry family members taking walks and enjoying the sunny days.  However, we also see an increase in pet waste in our yards and near our sidewalks as a result of owners not picking up after their pets.  It’s a nasty job, but leaving it on the lawn is not only a nuisance – it is against the law.

City of Plano Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4, Animal Regulations, Section 4-51 Nuisances requires the removal of your pet’s waste.  The ordinance specifically states, “(b) A person commits an offense if the person is the owner of an animal and the person fails to immediately remove and dispose of any excreta the animal produces.  (c) A person commits an offense if the person is the owner of an animal and fails to visibly have in his possession materials that can be used to immediately remove and dispose of any excreta the animal produces.”  You can read the entire ordinance here.

According to “Dogs Are Good Citizens Too” published by the City of Plano, “In addition, dog waste contains bacteria and can harbor diseases.  A single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. Pet waste that’s not picked up washes into the storm drain, which feeds straight into the nearest creek.  These waterways flow to water sources like Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Lavon and Lake Lewisville.”  You can read the entire document here.

wastestationThe Ridgeview Ranch HOA has tried to help pet owners have greater opportunity to clean up after their pet by installing pet waste stations near both neighborhood playgrounds.  So, as you enjoy the warm summer days with your pet, please remember to bring something to collect your pets waste with you on your outing, or stop by the playground areas to get one and go back to clean it up.  Your pet can’t help themselves, but you can!

Calloway’s Yard of the Month Selections – June 2016

June 20, 2016

Please congratulate the homeowners at the following addresses for their hard work and dedication to making Ridgeview Ranch a beautiful place to live.

Homeowners selected by our beautification committee each month receive a gift certificate to Calloway’s Nursery and have a sign in their yard giving them recognition for their hard work for the month in which they are selected.  Great job neighbors!!!

Keep working on your yards and planting beds and you may just be selected as a Yard of the Month for July!

Calloway’s Timely Tips for Gardeners – June 2016

June 3, 2016

 

Summertime activities are getting into full swing and so is everything at Calloway’s and Cornelius. Take advantage of the longer days by enjoying your gardening in the morning or evening when the temperature is not at its peak and it is more pleasant to be outside.

June weather means grass will be growing faster, too. Keep up with the mowing so you don’t have to bag the clippings. That may mean mowing every 5 or 6 days instead of every 7 to 10 days. Letting the clippings fall back into the lawn recycles nutrients, but does not promote thatch. Mowing frequently at the correct height will promote a healthy, thick turf that is resistant to weeds.

As Spring rains subside and give way to drier days, apply supplemental water as needed. The rule of thumb is to water enough to wet the soil 5 to 6 inches deep. However, try not to water too much. Frequent surface watering promotes a shallow root system that is more susceptible to the stress of Summer heat.

The best way to conserve moisture in the landscape is by mulching. A 3 to 4 inch layer over the root zone retains moisture, keeps the soil cooler, and helps prevent weed seeds from germinating under shrubs, trees, and flowers. You’ll find a variety of great mulches like Calloway’s Shredded Hardwood Mulch and Calloway’s Cedar Mulch.

June is a great month for colorful Summer annuals. In a sunny location try Marigolds, Salvia, Periwinkles, Dusty Miller, Crotons, and Lantana to add a pop of color. Caladiums, Coleus, Impatiens, and Begonias are a great choice for shady areas.

Summer tropical plants are perfectly at home in our Texas heat and humidity. Stunning Hibiscus, Esperanza, and Plumbago are available at Calloway’s and Cornelius. Plant them in the ground for quick growth or in pots or tubs so they can be moved indoors easily when temperatures fall.

Information is courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery at www.calloways.com.