Calloway’s Yard of The Month – Feb.. Timely Tips

Timely Tips for February Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

Keep in mind that the average last freeze for North Texas area is not until mid-March. Even so, many plants normally begin to show signs of growth in February, which makes it the perfect time, to get outside and work in the yard.

Pruning is both an art and a necessary maintenance function. Most trees and shrubs can be lightly pruned at any time; however mid-winter is generally the best time for major pruning.

Summer flowering trees and shrubs should be pruned before buds begin to swell for Spring, generally they bloom on new growth; examples are crape myrtle, butterfly bush, spiraea and honeysuckle. If those seed heads on crepe myrtles bother you, remove them this month. Just clip back the ends of the branches, do not destroy the beauty of the gracefully sculptured trunks by severe pruning. Please never top a crape myrtle. Spring flowering plants such as azalea, Carolina jessamine, wisteria, forsythia, and quince should not be pruned until after the blooms are spent.

February is the best time for pruning most roses. Remove any old and diseased canes then cut the remaining canes back by 50%. Make your cuts above a bud that faces away from the center of the plant.

Early to mid-February marks the time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide for lawns. These products kill germinating seed. A second application may be needed in late May or early June. Remember that the best defense against lawn weeds is a healthy, thick turf resulting from good management.

Trim back perennials and ornamental grasses before the new growth appears in Spring. Clean up around plants and mulch well to protect.

This is a great time to visit your Calloway’s/Cornelius Nursery. New plants are arriving now for late winter and early spring planting. By planting early, plants will be off to a better start and can become adjusted before the stresses of summer arrive.

While at your Calloway’s/Cornelius Nursery treat your special Valentine with beautiful, fresh, living flowers! The rose can be enjoyed all year; cool season flowers such as pansies, primrose and cyclamen can add a burst of color to your landscape, patio or garden. That special person would love a container filled with exotic blooms and foliage comprising orchids, bromeliads, cyclamens and more.

In-Store Clinics

Saturday, February 7th at 10:15 am – Real Food, Fruits from the backyard garden

Saturday, February 14th at 10:15 am – Create a Valentine Memory – Color Creation Class

Saturday, February 21st at 10:15 am – Earthkind Gardening Practices for Texas

Saturday, February 28th at 10:15 am – Make your lawn luxurious, Spring Lawn Care

Holiday Lights Contest Winners

Holiday Lights Contest Winners!  Congrats to 10703 Sweetwater, 10715 Blue Bay, 3816 Winding Way, 4202 Tanglewood & 10911 RiverOaks

If you would like to nominate a yard, please email us. Calloway’s will send the winner a $25 gift card.

Timely Tips for January Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

With the Holiday decorations all packed away revive those empty indoor spaces in your home with living breathing houseplants! Researchers for NASA while developing technology that would allow humans to live in a closed environment on the moon or Mars, discovered that houseplants are the quickest and most effective filters of common dangerous air pollutants. One medium-sized houseplant is needed every 100 square feet of living area to achieve this natural filtering of the air in your home. With the great variety of houseplants you can dress up a room and make the air better too. Keep the leaves clear of dust since most pollutants are absorbed by the leaves.

It may be chilly outside at this time of the year, but winter is a perfect time for a number of outdoor chores. Just consider how much better outdoor chores like soil preparation, planting, transplanting and pruning can be done without toiling in hot summer temperatures.

If you need to move a plant to a different spot in the landscape, this is the month to accomplish this job. Most plants move best when they are fully dormant as a result of prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Remove some of the top growth to compensate for the inevitable loss of some of the roots. Once the plant is moved, water thoroughly, apply root stimulator, and a few inches of mulch over the root area.

January is a great month to accomplish pruning of fruit trees. Annual pruning keeps the harvest within reach, thins crowded branches, allowing more light to penetrate developing fruit and stimulates new growth for next year’s crop. Shade trees can also be pruned at this time.

Fruit trees and vines can be planted at this time as the ground usually does not freeze here in north Texas. You can also prepare the soil for new flower, rose or shrub beds by mixing plenty of organic material like compost and Calloway’s Organic Flower Bed Mix or Tree and Shrub Mix. This way the soil is ready for immediate planting when temperatures get a little warmer.

Fertilize pansies to keep them actively growing. Houseplants can be fertilized with reduced rates of water-soluble fertilizer this month. Do not over-water your houseplants.

Birds of all kinds appreciate a constant source of seed, suet and water during the winter and you will enjoy the activity they create in your backyard. Just remember once you start feeding, you should keep it up through the winter.

In-Store Clinics

Saturday, January 24th at 10:15 am – Prune like a pro – Why, When & How to Prune Your Trees

Saturday, January 31st at 10:15 am – Lush interiors with Houseplants

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

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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

 

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