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

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

 

Centennial Medical Center Party- Sat. 8/2 @9am

Centennial Hospital is a sponsor of our Hillcrest Neighborhood Events and a great neighbor! Please support them this Sat. August 2nd 9am-1pm . Walk over or drive to the hospital parking lot and bring the family out for a free backpack full of supplies for each of your children while you get a free health screening.
Who knew staying healthy could be so much fun? Stave off the end of summer blues and join the party with Centennial Medical Center’s 7th Annual Healthy Hometown event on August 2nd. Centennial Medical Center wants to share their award-winning expertise with the community and the whole family is invited!
Activities include:
Face painting
Games
Arts and Crafts
Health Screenings
Emergency Vehicle Tours
Healthy Cooking Demos
Giveaway, Raffles, and more!
Special guests include your local policemen, firemen, and physicians- the true heroes of Frisco!
School-aged children will receive a free backpack and vendors will fill them with school supplies to get the kids ready for a healthy, happy school year!
The 7th Annual Healthy Hometown will be hosted on August 2, 2014 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Centennial Medical Center 12505 Lebanon Rd. Frisco, TX 75035.
For more information call 1-800-330-3819.

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City of Frisco – Waste Questions

Good morning All

Environmental Services has received many calls recently and wanted to provide answers to the commonly asked questions. Here are some responses that you and your residents may find helpful along with their contact information.

Please take some time to pass along.

TRIM THOSE TREES

Please remember that tree limbs hanging over the edge of property into the street/alleyway must be trimmed to allow 14 feet of clearance for trash/recycling trucks and emergency vehicles to get through (according to City Ordinance International Fire Code 08-04-39). Progressive Waste Solutions has new trucks that are slightly taller than CWD’s old trucks, and so limbs may need to be trimmed so they do not impede weekly service. Trimmed limbs may be set out for weekly yard waste pickup as long as they follow city set-out guidelines (3 feet in length, bundled with rope or twine, bundles weigh less than 30 lbs).

YARD WASTE PICKUP UNTIL AUGUST 1

City crews are collecting yard waste from now until August 1, when Progressive will have resources available to take over weekly yard waste collection. After August 1, yard waste will be collected on your regular service day alongside trash and recycling. If your yard waste is missed, please call 972-292-5900 or email us at ENVIRONMENTALSERVICES@FRISCOTEXAS.GOV. We will do our best to make sure it is collected.

COLLECTION OF OLD CWD CARTS

If your home still has one or more of the old CWD carts, you may bring them to our Environmental Collection Center at 6616 Walnut Street. You may also call or email us to report your old carts. We will do our best to have them collected in a timely manner, although it may take several days. Since CWD’s contract was terminated early, we now have city crews working very hard to collect these carts from neighborhoods each week. We ask that you please leave these carts out empty and at the edge of your property every day, so that when the crews come around to collect them, yours are not missed.

CALLING ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Your call may go to voicemail when you call in, but please do not be discouraged. Our small staff has been receiving thousands of calls each day. To help us help you, please leave your name, complete address, call back number and a brief description of your issue in the voicemail. We try to provide each resident with a return call, but if you do not receive one please rest assured that we have generated a service request with your information and passed it on to Progressive.

 

 

Chris Leonard

Neighborhood Services Coordinator

Development Services

972.292.5361

cleonard@friscotexas.gov

Calloway’s July Yard of the Month Honors

Congrats to Hillcrest Estates 121 Residents of 3701 Rustic Ridge for Calloway’s July Yard of the Month Honors! They will receive a $25 Calloway’s Gift Card. If you would like to nominate  a neighbor’s yard or your own, please email us at hillcresthoa@hillcrest121.com.

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

Gardening activities usually slowdown in the summertime as the temperature continues to climb into the 90’s and beyond. July is often a very dry month and can be very hot. New garden projects are not usually started but there are always maintenance chores to do. The best time to do any kind of gardening or maintenance is in early morning or late in the day after supper.

Proper watering is essential to keep plants healthy. 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 dry spells 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.

July is a great time to prepare and plant your Fall vegetable garden! Did you know that many Fall-grown vegetables have better flavor? Since the days are getting shorter many vegetable crops store more sugar and have better flavor than Spring grown corps. Vegetables for a Fall garden include Tomatoes, Peppers, Snap Beans, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots and Lettuce. Keep your garden well watered until Fall begins. Drip irrigation combined with mulch is an excellent way to maintain high quality vegetables plants. Soaker hoses can be used to provide this water supply for your garden.

Wanting to add some summer color; Marigolds, Cosmos, Vinca, Zinnias, Purslane and Portulaca all do well in the summer heat. Marigolds planted in late summer and carried over into fall tend to have brighter colors than Spring-planted Marigolds. Pinch back and fertilize Chrysanthemums this month to promote new growth and more flowers.

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.

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

Saturday, July 5: Forget the Grocery – How to Grow Delicious Tomatoes for Fall (10:15 a.m.) Selection of the right varieties is the key to success.

Saturday, July 12: Birding Basics – Creating a Bird Friendly Backyard (10:15 a.m.)

A bird-friendly landscape should fulfill all of a wild bird’s basic needs – food, shelter, water and nesting sites.