Calloway’s Timely Tips for September Gardeners

September 16, 2016

September is a pivotal month for your landscape, with the official arrival of Autumn later this month, and hopefully, a return to cooler and wetter weather. It’s the gateway month between summer and fall gardening, so get outside and improve your landscape.

September is the time to apply lawn fertilizer to keep the grass healthy and growing up to the first frost. Always follow the directions on the package and avoid over fertilizing, which will only damage your lawn. Fall-fertilized lawns are better equipped to make it through the winter and resume growth next spring than lawns that receive no fertilizer.

Double check your sprinklers carefully to make sure they are applying all that you expect in an even, uniform pattern.

Think back to last spring. Did you have lawn weeds in February and March before the grass started growing? Those were cool-season weeds, most of which germinated last fall. A pre-emergent herbicide applied in September will help reduce the recurrence of the same weeds next spring.

Sow Spring Wildflowers (like Bluebonnets) seeds now. For more reliable, uniform seed germination of our State flower, purchase acid-treated Bluebonnets seed. This treatment pits the seed coat, allowing nearly 100% germination in one to two weeks.

Need to add new shrubbery or trees to your landscape? This is a great month to do that. Fall landscaping done now will be well-rooted by next Spring and Summer.

Plant your fall vegetable garden. Plant cool-season vegetable garden with transplants of Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Collards, Lettuce and Kale. Water your new vegetables and lightly top-dress with mulch to discourage weeds.

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Calloway’s Yard of the Month Selections – August 2016

August 8, 2016

Congratulations to the following homeowners for being selected as a Calloway’s Yard-of-the-Month recipient.

Recipients received gift certificate from Calloway’s and yard signs recognizing their hard work for the month in which they were selected.  If you see these folks out and about, please congratulate them for helping to make Ridgeview Ranch more beautiful!

 

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!

 

 

Calloway’s Timely Tips for August Gardeners

August 8, 2016

August is here and needless to say, it is HOT! However, Fall is right around the corner and here are a few tips to get you through the dog days of Summer. This is usually one of the driest months for our region, and rainfall may be sparse. When and how you water becomes even more important.

 

Make the best use of the water you have by watering early in the morning before the wind speeds pick up. Otherwise, much of the water will evaporate before the plants get to use it. To further avoid excess evaporation, use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water instead of a fine mist. Plants need about one inch of water each week during this long Summer period. If you have heavy clay soil adjust the timing of the irrigation zones to make sure water is not running off the landscape. Your irrigation schedule should be adjusted to allow for slow infiltration of the water.

 

Soil that is exposed can heat up to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to kill those tender roots near the surface. Three to four inches of mulch can make the soil 10 to 20 degrees cooler. Besides reducing soil temperature, mulches also conserve water by reducing evaporation, often up to 65 percent.

 

August is the last month to plant a new lawn before Winter temperatures arrive. Newly-installed lawns need at least six to eight weeks to establish a healthy root system.
Prune roses back, but do not remove more than one-third of the plant. Prune and remove spent blooms on annuals and perennials to encourage continuous blooming well into Fall.
Tomatoes and Peppers planted earlier this year will not produce fruit during the heat of the Summer, even though they may still be flowering. If the plants remain healthy, they will bear fruit again once the temperature stays below 90 degrees. Remember to fertilize established, healthy plants and keep them watered to encourage new growth. Set out Tomato transplants; look for early maturing variety (65 to 75 days). Our average first freeze is mid-November and Tomato maturity slows down as the days get cool and cloudy.

 

Stop by your nearest Calloway’s Nursery for friendly, expert advice from one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals.

 

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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!

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!

May Yard of the Month Selections Announced

May 18, 2016

Please congratulate these neighbors for the great job they are doing keeping their yards and homes beautiful!

The Yard of the Month program lasts from April through September.  June selections will be made during the first week of the month.  Selected homeowners receive a gift certificate from Calloway’s so get outside and get those lawns and plantings shaped up for the season!

 

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

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