Calloway’s Timely Tips for June

Timely Tips for June Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

It’s getting hotter and summer time activities are getting into full swing. Take advantage of the longer days by doing gardening tasks in the morning or evening when it is more pleasant to be outside.

Hotter weather means grass will be growing faster. Keep up with the mowing so you don’t have to bag the clippings. That may mean mowing every 5 or 6 days instead of every 7 to 10 days. Letting the clippings fall back into the lawn recycles nutrients but does not promote thatch. Mowing frequently at the correct height will promote a healthy, thick turf that is resistant to weeds.

As spring rains slack off and give way to drier days, apply supplemental water as needed. The rule of thumb is to water enough to wet the soil 5 to 6 inches deep. Do not water too frequently. Shallow, frequent watering promotes a shallow root system that is more susceptible to the stress of summer heat and winter cold.

The best way to conserve moisture in the landscape is by mulching. A 3 to 4 inch layer over the root zone retains moisture, keeps the soil cooler and helps prevent weed seeds from germinating under your shrubs, trees and flowers.

June is a great month for colorful summer annuals. In a sunny location try marigolds, salvia, petunias, dusty miller, and lantana just to name a few. Caladiums, coleus, impatiens and bedding begonias are a good choice for shady areas.

Summer tropical plants, though they are not freeze hardy, are perfectly at home in our Texas heat and humidity. Plant them in the ground for quick growth or in pots or tubs so you can overwinter them indoors.

In-Store Garden Series

Saturday, June 6th at 10:15 am – Creating Gardens for Beautiful Birds

Saturday, June 13th at 10:15 am – Healthy Green Summer Lawns

Saturday, June 20th at 10:15 am – Heat-Thriving and Colorful Plants

Saturday, June 27th at 10:15 am – Forget the Grocery – How to Grow Delicious

Tomatoes for Fall

Information courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery ©2015, www.calloways.com. Attribution to Calloway’s required for all use and reproduction.

Calloway’s June Yard of the Month Honors

Congrats to Hillcrest Estates 121 Residents of 10800 Shadow Brook Lane  for June Yard of the Month Honors! Beautiful Yard! If you would like to nominate a neighbors yard or your own, or even by on our committee, please email us at [email protected]

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Calloway’s Timely Tips for May

Timely Tips for May Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

May is the month that makes us think of beautiful flowers. Visits to Calloway’s / Cornelius Nursery, the Dallas Arboretum, and the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens will stimulate lots of new ideas and possibilities for your landscape.

Don’t forget Mom this month! Mother’s Day is May 10th. In a recent survey more than 30% of Moms of all ages want something garden related for her Mother’ 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 garden.

Although pansies may still be looking great early in May, it’s about time to pull them and plant summer flowering plants. Once it gets hot, pansies go down fast. Annuals and perennials give you lots of color bang for your buck. 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 grass. Fertilize lawns with the 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.

In-Store Garden Series

Saturday, May 2nd at 10:15 am – Perennials – Best Picks for Texas

Saturday, May 9th at 10:15 am – Beautiful & Practical Groundcovers in the

Landscape

Saturday, May 16th at 10:15 am – The Art of Landscape Design

Saturday, May 23rd at 10:15 am – Just in Time, Drip Irrigation

Saturday, May 30th at 10:15 am – Design Stylish Container Gardens for Poolside &

Patio

Information courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery ©2015, www.calloways.com. Attribution to Calloway’s required for all use and reproduction.

Hillcrest Estates 121 Community Wide Front Yard Sale

Hillcrest Estates 121 Community Wide FRONT Yard Sale
Sat. May 2nd – 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 on line.
No need to register – just place your things out front that morning and begin selling!

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Wags to Wheels Parade

HILLCREST 121 HOA
PATRIOTIC WAGS & WHEELS
PARADE & PET CONTEST

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Saturday, June 27th
10am-noon
Cul-de-sac at Water Rd & Stream Bend

Decorate your bikes, trikes, strollers and skateboards;
break out your patriotic gear and decorate your ride!
Wagons, razors, mini-hummers, or anything with wheels is welcome,
wear your best red, white and blue, and dress your pooch too;
all participants in the parade will get a prize!

Parade Route line up will begin at 10:15am, with parade starting at 10:30am.
Parade will take a square shape @ Water Rd/Stream Bend Cul-de-sac
and travel around Stream Bend to Winding Way, then back up Water Rd to Stream Bend. Bring your lawn chair and grab a seat on the parade route to cheer your kids and all the parade participants!

Pet Contest
Will be judged following the parade. Prizes for:
Most Patriotic, Best Pet Trick and Best Look-A-Like!

FREE Hot Dogs, Cookies, Red, White and Blue Popsicles from Schwan’s,  Water & American Flags!
Event Sponsored by Hillcrest 121 HOA

Calloway’s Yard Of the Month Honors for April

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Congrats to Hillcrest Estates residents of 10604 Blue Bay for Calloway’s Yard of the Month honors for April! If you would like to nominate a neighbor’s yard or your own please email us at [email protected]

Calloway’s Timely Tips for April

Timely Tips for April Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

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. If April means spring to you; 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 the itchy green thumb. Consider adding Native Plants to your landscape. Native plants tolerate 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 sidedressing) every couple of weeks, starting about a month after transplanting or seeding.

If your yard is too small for traditional garden plot, try gardening in containers. The bigger the container, the better! Container gardens need more attention since they dry out faster and need regular additions of fertilizer to compensate for the more frequent irrigation.

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 should include some type of water feature as butterflies and hummingbirds often congregate around water.

St. Augustine and Bermuda lawns should be actively growing now; so it is a great time to apply fertilizer. Please consult your Calloway / Cornelius Nursery for the best fertilizer advice for your lawn. A correctly fertilized lawn now will better help your lawn to handle the Texas Summer Heat!

In-Store Garden Series

Saturday, April 4th at 10:15 am – Lavish, Colorful, Stylish Shade Gardens

Saturday, April 11th at 10:15 am – Plant for Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens

Saturday, April 18th at 10:15 am – Native Plants for Texas Gardens

Saturday, April 25th at 10:15 am – Easy Care Flowers, Top Picks from Proven Winners

Information courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery ©2015, www.calloways.com. Attribution to Calloway’s required for all use and reproduction.

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