Calloway’s Timely Tips for May Gardeners

May 14, 2013

May Manor YOM - 9701 Kennemer

Texas is home to nearly 5,000 native plant species due to the vast and diverse geography of our great state! Often people envision “native plants” with Mesquites and cacti but many of our basic landscape plants are native to Texas. After the summer of 2011, many gardeners seek to naturally enhance their spaces with Texas tough plants. Native plants tolerate the Texas summer heat better than most, require less water, need less mowing, provide habitats for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, protect the soil and save on fertilizers and insecticides.

 

May Estates YOM - 2945 Oakland Hills

Add native trees to your landscape and enjoy the colorful blooms from the Texas Mountain Laurel or Desert Willow. Select Texas Sage for its purple summer flowers or the Red Yucca with its red spike-like bloom as additions to your landscape. Native grasses such as Mexican Feathergrass or Big Muhly add another different texture and look to the garden. Also, 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.

May Villages YOM - 9121 Norman

If you need specific help with your next gardening idea or project, please join us for FREE in-store garden clinics this month. Clinics begin at 10:15 a.m. and are facilitated at every store.

 

Saturday, May 18: Those blooming shrubs (10:15 a.m.) – Add structure and color to your naturally-inspired spaces with rose and azalea shrubs.

 

Saturday, May 25: Butterfly & hummingbird gardens (10:15 a.m.) – Bring your garden alive with plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

May West YOM - 9629 Gold Hills

For more information, visit www.calloways.com. Hope to see you in the garden soon!

 Congratulations to our May Yard of the Month Winners:

Estates – 2945 Oakland Hills

Manor – 9701 Kennemer

Villages – 9121 Norman

West – 9629 Gold Hills

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Calloway’s Timely Tip for April Gardeners

April 5, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day this month and go “green” with Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery. We offer many organic products to help you develop a naturally-inspired green environment. We also offer traditional solutions but for the gardener who is exploring the “greener” side here are a few ideas.

 

A successful garden begins with good soil. Organic material is important to the soil composition. It helps with drainage and increases the soil microbe population. Expanded shale is used to break up hard, compacted clay soils. Calloway’s Organic Fertilizer contains seven food-grade meals and can be applied to your lawn and other plantings. Applying molasses will help stimulate microorganisms and energize your plants. Top dress your flowerbeds and containers with organic mulches. They not only break down slowly putting organic material back into the soil but, they also prevent weeds, conserve moisture and cool the soil during the heat of the summer.

 

Other organic insecticides and fungicides are Neem Oil, Diatomaceous Earth and Insecticidal Soaps. These are products which are safe to use around pets and children. There are also beneficial insects available such as Ladybugs, Lacewings and Beneficial Nematodes! These guys will attack the pests and take care of them “naturally.”

 

If you’re looking for some naturally-inspired garden ideas for your next project, please join us for FREE in-store garden clinics this month. Clinics begin at 10:15 a.m. and are facilitated at every store.

 

Saturday, March 30: Proven flowers for your Texas garden (10:15 a.m.)

Add a dash of inspiration to garden spaces with plants proven to thrive–Choose these winners to take your outdoor spaces from blah to brilliant! For 20 years, Proven Winners plants have been trialed and tested in Texas.  From the very best, we’ve developed the collection of annuals and perennials available for Texas gardeners. These varieties are easy to grow, disease free and provide all season blooms. Perfect for container or flowerbed planting! Find the widest selection of Proven Winners plants in the area on Proven Winners Day.

 

Saturday, April 6: Creating shade gardens (10:15 a.m.)

Surprises of natural brilliance amid the shadows…Gardening experts at Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery reveal plants that thrive in Texas shade gardens and show you how to improve your own shady spaces.

 

Saturday, April 13: Butterfly and hummingbird gardens (10:15 a.m.)

Enhance gardens with butterfly and hummingbird habitats…Learn how to create a garden to enjoy your own private butterfly and hummingbird show.

 

Saturday, April 20: Using groundcovers in the landscape (10:15 a.m.)

Natural carpets of plants provide smooth garden transitions…Groundcovers tie together garden spaces. Learn about these grass alternatives at your local Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery.

 

Saturday, April 27: Identifying the perfect plant for your space (10:15 a.m.)

Decorate spaces with splashes of natural color…Choose stand-out annuals that spring forth and thrive in Texas gardens.

 

For more information, visit www.calloways.com. Hope to see you in the garden soon!

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TREES…Trees…trees

October 5, 2012

It was a tough summer and your landscaping might need some attention.  Some of us lost trees and other shrubs.  Fall can be a great time to plant new ones.  The Architectural Control Committee reminds you about the HOA Design and Development Standards for Landscaping:

Homeowners are required to maintain, at a minimum, a landscaping package consistent with what the builder installed at the time of original home construction.  This includes foundation shrubs in the front of the house and a minimum of one (1) tree in the front yard, with a minimum of 3” caliper.  Any replacements must be of similar size and type to original plantings, and must be of the native region to promote aesthetic harmony within the community.

Application and copies of plans (drawings) for any major changes to landscaping, including but not limited to wall, retaining walls, fences, TREES, and shrubbery, must be submitted to and approved by the ACC prior to commencement of landscaping work and/or construction.

Required landscaping maintenance includes keeping grass cut and planter areas and sidewalks and driveways free of weeds.  Sidewalks should be maintained and properly edged.  Dead vegetation (e.g., trees, shrubbery, etc.) is required to be removed within 30 days.

For more information about the standards or for questions concerning the ACC, please visit: http://ridgeviewranch.org/acc/

Contractor Sign Restrictions in Ridgeview Ranch

July 20, 2012

It has come to our attention that there are a lot of contractor signs in our neighborhood.  This is a reminder that Ridgeview Ranch Homeowner’s Association restricts contractor signs, per Article 7 “Prohibited Use” Section 7.08(S) of the Ridgeview Ranch HOA Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs).  Although the Architectural Control Committee has the rights granted by Article 7.08(S) to remove contractor signs without any liability, the Committee is asking everyone to please remove all contractor signs from your yards as soon as the contractor has completed their work on your property.

The following are applicable excerpts from Article 7  of our original Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Ridgeview Ranch HOA concerning signs.  This “Prohibited Use” Article has been part of our original Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions and cannot be changed without a 67% vote of the entire community.

     Article  7.08 (S)  No sign of any kind shall be displayed to the public view on any Lot except one (1) professional sign of not more than six (6) square feet advertising the property for rent or sale….   The Committee shall have the right to remove any sign, billboard or other advertising structure that does not comply with the foregoing requirements, and in so doing shall not be subject to any liability for trespass or any other liability in connection with such removal. All signs are subject to the approval of the Committee and may be required by the Committee to be removed if, in the sole judgment of the Committee, they are found to be inconsistent with the high standards of the Project…

The Architectural Control Committee interprets Section 7.08(B) which allows a temporary waiver of prohibited use vehicles, machinery, equipment used during construction, maintenance or repair to extend to contractor signs so we will be enforcing the removal of contractor signs once the work is completed.  Note that this wavier is only for during the time the contractor is actually working on the property, so signs are not allowed before or after the work is being done.

     Article 7.08 (B) No boat, marine craft, hovercraft, aircraft, recreational vehicle, pick-up camper, travel trailer, motor home, camper body or similar vehicle or equipment may be parked for storage in the driveway or front yard of any dwelling or parked on any public street or alley in the Project, nor shall any such boat, vehicle or equipment be parked for storage in the side or rear yard. of any residence unless screened totally from view by a garage, screening structure or fencing approved by the Committee. No such vehicle or equipment shall be used as a residence or office temporarily or permanently. This restriction shall not apply to any vehicle, machinery or equipment temporarily parked and in use for the construction, maintenance or repair of a residence in the immediate vicinity.

Quick Reference for Homeowners with Storm Damage

May 30, 2012

Storm Damage in Ridgeview Ranch

If you have any questions on ACC Design Standards compliance for any repairs you need to make due to recent storms, please contact Melissa Verde with CCMC at mverde@ccmcnet.com or 469-246-3500 or email our ACC Chair at karenf25@swbell.net and we can give you guidance on compliance.  Keep in mind that if you complete a non-compliant project without ACC approval you are financially responsible for bringing it into compliance as well as any fines the Ridgeview Ranch HOA Board may choose to impose for violating the ACC process.

In general, if you are repairing fences, roofs, windows, landscaping, etc. from our recent storm damage, if you replace these items with the same colors, types of materials, sizes, etc. this is considered to be repair/maintenance and does not require a formal submission through the ACC.

If you are repairing damaged fences, roofs, windows, landscaping, etc. by replacing these items and changing their original colors, type of material, sizes, locations, etc. then that is considered an “alteration to an existing improvement” per Article 15 of the Ridgeview Ranch HOA Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) and needs to be submitted to the ACC for approval.  You will need to review the most recent 2011 ACC Design Standards Update. This document is a PDF file that is searchable, and has “bookmarks” indexing the various types of project requests.

With many damaged trees in our neighborhood, if the trees being removed are not part of the minimum landscaping package (see “Landscaping” Design Standard excerpt below) they do not need to be replaced.  However, if they are part of that minimum landscaping package they will need to be replaced.

For your convenience, here are excerpts from the current ACC Design Standards for fences, roofing, and landscaping (please consult full document for more information on additional project types):

Roofing

All shingles will be replaced with 25 year or above shingles. All replacement shingles must be of a dark gray/weathered wood hue. No light colors, brown tones, or black. Any color variation must be approved by the ACC prior to installation.

Roofing shingles designed primarily to be wind and hail resistant and provide heating and cooling efficiencies greater than those provided by customary composite shingles; or provide solar generation capabilities must follow the above color requirements and must be more durable than and of equal or superior quality as stated above. The owner requesting permission to install these types of roofing shingles will be solely responsible for accrediting, certifying and demonstrating to the ACC that the proposed installation is in full compliance.

Fences and Walls

Any fence or wall must be constructed of masonry, brick, wood or other material approved by the Committee. Chain link fencing shall not be allowed without prior approval of the Committee. No fence or wall shall be permitted to extend nearer to any street than the front building line of the residence upon the Lot upon which such fence or wall is situated, except for retaining walls installed by the builder or retaining walls or decorative fences approved by the Committee. No portion of any fence shall exceed eight feet (8′) in height. As required by the City Agreement (referred to in Section 15.10 of this Declaration), fences installed upon the golf course lots shall be a standard fence of a height of four feet of black wrought iron or tubular steel or other materials acceptable to the City (masonry treatment with wrought iron or tubular steel shall be permissible), and shall be of a design which is in accordance with the City Agreement and consistent among all of the golf course lots.  Any replacement of the fencing on a golf course lot by the Owner shall comply with the requirements of this Section and the City Agreement.

Replacement of a builder-provided fence may match the original in size and materials. Must submit colors of stain being used, painted fences are not permitted.

All fences that run parallel (or mostly parallel) to the street must have posts and runners inside the fence (smooth side out). This includes all sides of any corner lot that face the street as well as the back portion of fences on lots that back up to Ridgeview Drive or the west side of Independence.

For parts of fences between lots, the person whose lot the fence sits on has the right to decide which side of the fence the poles face, subject to ACC approval.

Landscaping

Homeowners are required to maintain, at a minimum, a landscaping package consistent with what the builder installed at the time of original home construction. Each Dwelling shall have a minimum of one (1) tree in the front yard, with a minimum of 3″ caliper. Any replacements must be of similar size and type to original plantings, and must be of the native region to promote aesthetic harmony within the community.

Application and copies of plans (drawings) for any major changes to landscaping, including but not limited to walls, retaining walls, fences, trees, and shrubbery, must be submitted to and approved by the ACC prior to commencement of landscaping work and/or construction.

Required landscaping maintenance includes keeping grass cut and planter areas and sidewalks and driveways free of weeds. Sidewalks should be maintained and properly edged. Dead vegetation (e.g., trees, shrubbery, etc.) is required to be removed within 30 days.

Photo Copyright 2012 – Tom Branch

Keep Ridgeview Ranch Beautiful – Pick Up Those Newspapers

May 17, 2012

Like many residents in Ridgeview Ranch, I receive the Plano Star Courier and the Dallas Morning News Briefings which are delivered several times a week. Some of our homeowners may not realize they are being delivered and they simply pile up on the lawns. This creates an unkept look in the neighborhood.

If you do not want to receive these newspapers all you have to do is to contact the paper and request that they no longer be delivered. This will not only keep Ridgeview Ranch beautiful but saves trees and the fuels used to print and deliver them.

The Plano Star Courier can be found online at www.starlocalnews.com or by calling (972) 424-9504. The Dallas Morning News Briefing can be found online at www.dallasnews.com/briefing or by calling (214) 977-8333.

Let’s all work to keep Ridgeview Ranch a great place to live.

Photo Copyright 2012 Tom Branch

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