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.
Neighbors: Just a reminder that we will have our quarterly HOA Board meeting on May 5th in the cafe of the Centennial Hospital at 7pm.
You are welcome to attend if you like. We will be discussing further improvement opportunities to the common area and other items. We do have a closed session after the general session that is only open to the Board.
Cathy Walker, HOA President
Congrats to Hillcrest Estates 121 Residents of 11017 Blue Bay for Calloway’s April Yard of the Month Honors! Beautiful Yard! If you would like to nominate a neighbors yard or your own, please email us at [email protected] They will receive a $25 gift card to Calloway’s Nursery!
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 2nd at 10:15 am – How to Add Color to Your Shade Garden
- Saturday, April 9th at 10:15 am – Explore and Endless Array of Flowers from Proven Winners®. Come see P. Allen Smith at our Hurst location at 1:00 pm.
- Saturday, April 16th at 10:15 am – Perfect Perennials for Texas Gardens
- Saturday, April 23rd at 10:15 am – Enchanting 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
Hillcrest Estates 121 Community Wide FRONT Yard Sale
Sat. May 7th – 8am or sooner
Mark your calendars and begin to plan.
Time to pull out all those wonderful treasures from your closets, attic and garage and turn them into cash!
The HOA will place signs out at the entrances and post some ads online.
No need to register – just place your things out front that morning and begin selling!
Congrats to Hillcrest Estates 121 Residents of 11011 Shadowbrook Lane for Calloway’s March Yard of the Month Honors! Beautiful Yard! If you would like to nominate a neighbors yard or your own, please email us at [email protected] They will receive a $25 gift card to Calloway’s Nursery!
As a friendly reminder to the owners, we would like to remind all owners of the following association rules:
- Please do not feed the wildlife. The current ponds cannot sustain the overabundance of ducks and other wildlife.
- As a courtesy to all homeowners, please police after your dogs. The common areas are for all homeowners, not just pet owners.
- Please remember that if you fish, it is Catch and Release only.