July 2016 Board Meeting Notice

July 27, 2016

RIDGEVIEW RANCH HOA
Board of Director Meeting Notification

 Laws enacted during the 82nd Texas Legislative Session mandate that homeowners be informed when Board of Director Meetings are held.  In keeping with this mandate, please be advised that the Board of Directors will meet on

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 AT 1:00 P.M.

Office located at 7800 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 450, Plano, TX

Items to be discussed will include committee reports, landscape review, financial updates, violation and work order reports, landscape enhancement, guard house/guard, additional pool furniture, pool use/enforcement, bad debt and delinquency.

Wildlife in Ridgeview Ranch

July 26, 2016

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Bobcat in yard in Russell Creek neighborhood.

 

With continuing construction in areas surrounding Ridgeview Ranch, we have seen an increase in wildlife sightings near our homes and on our streets.  Our Nextdoor community at “ridgeviewranch.nextdoor.com” has been very active with discussion and debate on what needs to be done about this growing trend.

For the most part, experts agree that wild animals need to remain “wild” and as residents we need to do what we can to keep them from growing even more comfortable around people and using our homes and yards as dens for their families.  However, this is not at all easy living on a golf course with the large amount of birds, rabbits, squirrels, mice and rats that live on the course and surrounding undeveloped areas.  If you search “bobcats in plano” you will find pages of pictures of these animals on roofs and fences, or in storm drains and backyards.  It can be quite disturbing especially if you have young children and small pets.

In February, the City of Plano posted the following notice to all of the Nextdoor communities.

There has been increased concern with new bobcat and coyote sightings in Plano. We wanted to answer some of our most frequently asked questions we receive at Animal Services about these particular animals that call Plano home as well as inform you about some of the ways to deter bobcats and coyotes from entering your property.

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.
• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at risk.
• If a pet is small enough for a bobcat to consider it a meal, it’s also small enough to be a meal for some of the owls, hawks, and eagles that live in this area so owners should always be vigilant with tiny pets to protect them.
• Bobcats are more commonly seen during the day in the colder months because the animals they hunt are more active during the day due to the cold nights.
• Studies have shown that bobcats that are trapped and relocated typically die within two weeks after being relocated – some people may mistakenly fear them but very few want them all dead.
• The best course of action to take when a bobcat is seen is to scare them off by yelling, throwing a small rock at them, spraying them with a high-powered squirt gun or hose, or otherwise making them feel uncomfortable so that they learn that people are to be avoided.

If anyone has any other questions, please feel free to contact Animal Services at (972) 769-4360 or by emailing them at planoanimalshelter@plano.gov.

You can find the city’s urban wildlife website here.  They have also published this document detailing the program and how it has evolved into what they do today by clicking here.

Most of the time, although these animals seem not to be affected by our presence, they are not looking for human interaction.  They are sunning, looking for a meal of a rabbit, mouse or squirrel, and then moving on their way.  If we will be vigilant in making our yards and garages no place to seek shelter, it will help.  Do not leave dog or cat bowls of water out where bobcats and coyotes can use them.  Do not leave dog or cat food out on your porch.  Be extra careful and stay very close to small dogs, cats and children when you are outside.  These steps will not solve the problem of displaced wildlife in our neighborhood, but hopefully it will help make it a better safer place for residents and keep the wildlife from being quite so comfortable.

Calloway’s Timely Tips for July Gardeners

July 11, 2016

Gardening activities usually slow down in the Summertime as the temperature continues to climb into the 90’s and beyond. Because it is often a very dry and hot month, maintenance is the focus. The best time to do any kind of gardening or maintenance is early in the morning or late in the day when temperatures are cooler. Now is the time to sit back and relax while enjoying the beautiful garden areas you’ve created.

Proper watering is essential to keep plants healthy during the Summer. It is best to water as deeply and infrequently as possible, as opposed to frequent light sprinklings. This will encourage a deeper root system that can take advantage of water stored in the soil.

One of the best strategies for getting shrubs and young trees through Summertime is to apply a thick layer of mulch over the root systems of plants. Mulches break down over time, so if it has been awhile since you’ve mulched, check all the plants in your yard. A three to four inch layer will prevent most evaporation from the soil and lower the soil temperature in the root zone, reducing stress on the root system.

Drip irrigation combined with mulch is an excellent way to maintain your garden and lawn. Drip irrigation, also known as trickle irrigation or micro irrigation is a method that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either into the soil surface or directly into the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters. It is done through narrow tubes that deliver water directly to the base of the plant. This allows for fertilizer and nutrient loss to be minimized due to localized application and reduced leaching. Soil erosion and weed growth is also lessened with this type of irrigation. Drip irrigation also allows the foliage to remain dry which reducing the risk of disease.   If drip irrigation is not an option, consider using soaker hoses to provide a good source of water to your garden or bedding plants.

Water plants in containers and hanging baskets more frequently in the Summer to keep them from drying out. This can leach out plant nutrients from the soil, so use a water-soluble fertilizer regularly to keep your plants growing and healthy.

Information courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery©, www.calloways.com.

Calloway’s Yard of the Month Selections – July 2016

July 11, 2016

Congratulations to the following homeowners whose yards were selected as the best in our neighborhood for the month of July!  Selected homes are given recognition with a sign in their yard and will also receive a gift certificate from Calloway’s.

The Calloway’s Yard of the Month program runs from April through September so keep working on those yards, you still have time to win!