Pizza, Cookies, Cocoa, Photos & Caroling with Santa

This Friday, Dec. 12th

4:30pm- 6:45pm

Gazebo by Creek at Sweetwater and RobinCreek

Join us for Pizza, Cookies, Cocoa, Photos with Santa starting at 4:30pm

Stay for Caroling with Santa starting at 5:30pm around the neighborhood.

Bring your camera and a unwrapped gift for Toys For Tots. You will receive a FREE Teddy bear from Santa and 4 tickets to a Texas Legends Upcoming Basketball game for donating!

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Hillcrest Estates 121 Holiday Lights Contest

Do you have holiday decorations that would impress even Clark Griswold? Even if your display is on the modest side, be sure to enter the Hillcrest Estates 121 holiday decorating contest! Judging will take place on the evening of December 22. We’ll award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Let us know you’d like to participate by providing your name, address and email address (so we can notify you if you’ve won) here: hillcresthoa@hillcrest121.com. Please submit your information by 11:59 pm on December 21. Only those who submit their information can win, so don’t miss out!

Happy Holidays!

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Calloway’s November Yard of the Month Honors

Congrats to residents of 4408 Ripplewood for Hillcrest Estates – Calloway’s November Yard of the Month Honors, they will receive a $25 Calloway’s Nursery Gift Card. If you would like to nominate a neighbor’s yard please email us at hillcresthoa@ hillcrest121.com

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Timely Tips for November Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

This is the perfect time to plant bulbs for Spring, they should be in the ground before the first frost and planted while the soil is still easy to work with. Some of the most popular bulbs are tulips, hyacinth and daffodils. Iris, daylilies and gladiolas should also be planted at this time of year, although they are not “true” bulbs, but; rhizomes, tubers and corms, respectively. Yet all of these, like bulbs, require the cooler soil of winter to generate healthy new growth in spring.

Transform your landscape with the addition of fresh, colorful blooms! Pansies are by far the most popular Winter color. The ‘Matrix’ Pansy has been outstanding for our Texas weather. It will not “stretch” during bouts of warm temperatures and is bred to grow out, not up. This compact grower offers shorter stems to support large colorful blooms. Dianthus (also known as “Pinks”), Snapdragons, Cyclamen, Violas and the fragrant Alyssum are also good choices for cold tolerant annuals. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale provide interesting texture in the landscape as well as color. For best effect, limit your planting to two or three colors per bed.

The key to growing beautiful annual flowers is soil preparation. Work Calloway’s Flowerbed Mix into the soil, or organic compost, to a depth of 6” to 8”. Adding Calloway’s Flower Food to the soil at the time of planting will provide the extra nutrients for growth and blooms. Remember to add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to all beds to reduce moisture loss, prevent weeds from germinating and to insulate the soil from the cold.

These same annuals can be used in patio containers. Fill your container with fresh potting soil and plant food. Keep them watered as necessary and remove faded flowers to encourage repeat blooming.

If want beautiful Bluebonnets in the Spring, sow the seed in early November!

Please remember the birds. Texas is a haven for birds. No other state in the United States has more species within its boundaries. There are currently over 620 species documented in Texas, which is almost 75 percent of all bird species recorded in the continental United State. To attract the widest variety of wild birds, you should consider placing a wide variety of bird feeders and food around your yard. Probably one of the single most important elements to include is water.

Saturday, November 1st at 10:15 am – Birding Basics: Creating a Bird Friendly Backyard

Information courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery ©2014, www.calloways.com.

Calloway’s October Yard of the Month Honors

Congrats to Hillcrest Estates Residents of  10703 Seetwater for  Calloway’s October Yard of the Month Honors. They will receive a $25 gift card from Calloway’s Nursery. If you would like to nominate a neighbor’s yard or your own, please email us at hoa@plantation-springs.com

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Timely Tip for October Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius
Usher in the Autumn season with creative displays for indoors or out! Pumpkins, gourds and bales of hay all started arriving in our stores in late September. Combine them with pots of mums and other blooming color and a transformation quickly occurs!
Create an eye-catching vignette in your landscape with bales of hay, a scarecrow or two, multiple sizes of pumpkins and pots of garden mums or other seasonal color. Create a pyramid of pumpkins and squash by selecting different colors and stacking them one on top of the other. Simply displaying a “pile” of pumpkins in the same color palette and different sizes will draw ones eye and interest to an area of your landscape.
Color Creations filled with blooming or colorful foliage plants can be used on patios and porches. Freshen up existing containers and nestle an interesting pumpkin or gourd in amongst the plants. You can also fill a favorite container or pot with a mixture of produce for a simple, impressive look!
If you did not apply a pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn in September apply it by the first two weeks of October. You should also fertilize your St. Augustine or Bermuda lawn no later than the first week of October.
October is bulb buying month. They are in fresh supply, and provide welcome late winter and early Spring color for the yard. Blubs which can be planted right after purchasing include Daffodils and smaller flowered Jonquils, species Tulips and Grape Hyacinths. The larger showy Tulips and Hyacinths need to be refrigerated at least 45 to 60 days to provide enough chilling to bloom properly. Plant them in late November or early December.
Saturday, Oct. 18th at 10:15 am – Fall Grasses for Texas Gardens
Saturday, Oct. 25th at 10:15 am-Spring Bulbs-Fall Planting?
Start planning now for those cheerful drifts of early Spring color!
Information courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery ©2014, www.calloways.com

Hillcrest Estates 121 Chili Cook Off

Sunday, Nov. 2nd

3-5pm

4300 Ripplewood Road -Ripplewood/ShadowBrook culdesac

Bring your chili to be judged and share! we will have a contest for the Best Chili, Hottest, and Most Unique Receipe! Debbie Viverito From JP and Associates Realtors will be our guest judge!

Chili and Hot Dogs served!

Bounce House and Balloon Artist!

Design your own fall cupcake with DFW Scribble Cakes

Vendor Booths and much more!

Sponsored by Debbie Viverito- Realtor, Centennial Hospital, Liberty Mutual Insurance, ADT Security, FireHouse Subs/ Custer, Raising Canes, Quaker Steak & Lube, PDQ ,  Strikz , AutoSplash & Scribble Cakes – DFW

 

Calloway’s Sept. Yard of the Month Honors

Congrats to residents of 10800 Dry Creek for Calloway’s September Yard of the Month Honors. They will receive a $25 Calloway’s Nursery Gift Card. If you would like to nominate a yard, please email us at hillcresthoa@hillcrest121.com

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Timely Tips for September Gardeners at Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery:

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.

Sow Spring Wildflowers (like Bluebonnets) seed 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.

Divide your perennial about every third or fourth year to prevent overcrowded beds. Spread a liberal amount of organic matter evenly over the area and mix into the soil at least 6 to 8 inches deep. Space divisions at least one foot apart in all directions so root competition will not be a problem for several years.

September is an excellent month to begin planting trees and most shrubs. Fall landscaping done now will be well-rooted by next Spring and Summer.

Purchase Spring blooming bulbs as soon as they become available. Tulips and Hyacinths should be stored in a refrigerator until November.

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

Replenish mulch in beds for winter protection. Change irrigation frequency with the shorter, cooler days of fall. Clean up debris from annual and perennial beds so insects won’t winter there.

Free Clinics at your nearest Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery!

Saturday, September 6: Fall is for Planting! Shrubs and Trees (10:15 a.m.)

Saturday, September 13: Fall Lawn Care: What to do and When (10:15 a.m.)

Saturday, September 20: Texas Gardening – Colorful Fall Flowers (10:15 a.m.)

Saturday, September 27: Gorgeous Autumn Color in Containers (10:15 a.m.)

Calloway’s August 2014 Yard of the Month Honors

DSC_0820Congrats to Hillcrest Estates 121 Residents of 10703 Turtle Creek – Calloway’s August Yard of the Month Honors. Winners will receive a $25 Calloway’s Gift Card. If you would like to nominate a neighbor’s yard please email us at hillcresthoa@hillcrest121.com

Timely Tips for August Gardeners at Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery:

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 scorching days of August and into the “Second Spring” of the

South – Fall. This is usually one of the driest months for our region, and rainfall may be sparse.

With new watering restrictions in place, 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. Be a WISE – keep water on the landscape.

Soil that is exposed can heat up to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to kill those tender root hairs 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.

Tomato and Peppers planted earlier this year will not set fruit during the heat of the summer, even though they may still be flowering. If the plants remain healthy, they will set fruit again once the temperatures stay below 90 degrees. Sidedress established healthy plants with fertilizer and keep 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.

Free Clinics at your nearest Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery!

There are no Clinics scheduled for August – Stop by your nearest Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery for friendly expert advice from one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals