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Hillcrest 121 2019 Annual Meeting November 7, 2019

Please to advise you of the Annual Homeowners Meeting to be held on Thursday, November 07, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Plantation Golf Club “Frisco Room” on 4701 Plantation Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. Sign-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be called to order promptly at 7:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to elect one (2) member to serve on the Board of Directors and to conduct business of the Association.

If you are interested in running for a position on the Board of Directors, please fill out and return the enclosed candidacy form to Herlena Latham at SBB Management Company. Nominations for Directors will also be taken from the floor at the meeting.

A proxy, which is a written instrument and, when signed by the member, assigns such member’s voting rights to the individual named in the proxy. The Bylaws state, that in order to conduct business of the Association, there must be a quorum present. A quorum is the number of homes represented either in person or by proxy. If the quorum for the Annual meeting is not met, the Association must recall the meeting until quorum is established.

The quorum required to conduct business of the Association is 10% or 42 homes of the total members represented.

Please take a moment to sign and return the proxy even if you plan to attend, as unforeseen circumstances can occur. If you turn in a proxy and you attend the meeting, the proxy shall become null and void. Instructions for completing and returning your proxy are included in the attached proxy. Your attendance or proxy will help fulfill the quorum requirements.

Upon adjournment of the meeting, the newly elected Board of Directors will hold a brief Board meeting to elect officers.

***Gift cards will be given away and a year’s free assessments will be given away to those in attendance.

HILLCREST 121 ANNUAL WAGS & WHEELS PATRIOTIC PARADE & PET CONTEST

Saturday, June 30th – 10am
Cul-de-sac by pond at Water Rd & Stream Bend

  We will have Krispy Kreme, flags & waters.
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 animals too.

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 all the parade participants.

Pet Contest will be judged following the parade. Prizes for: Most Patriotic, Best Pet Trick and Best Look-A-Like! Prizes Sponsored by City Vet 

New Amazon Server

Just a note from the underbelly of the website.  I have migrated the website to Amazon’s AWS (cloud server).  This should speed things up quite a bit as well as provide some better availability.  Leave a comment if you see anything that no longer works

Safety notice and reminders

Important Notice-It is that time of year when the area experiences a spike in crime due to the school year ending.   So please keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Report any suspicious behavior to 911
  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even while driving.
  • When parked, never leave your keys in the car. Close all the windows and the sunroof.
  • Never leave your car running and unattended.
  • Avoid leaving valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can see them.
  • Install an anti-theft system in your vehicle if it doesn’t have one. Thieves are reluctant to steal vehicles if they know the cars can be recovered quickly. Many insurers offer discounts for the types of systems listed below.
  • Thieves prefer to work in the dark. Be particularly cautious at night about where you park your car. Park it in a well-lit area if possible.
  • Look around. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in garages, parking lots and gas stations.
  • Have your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of the windows. Car thieves want to get off cheap. They don’t want to go to the expense of replacing all the glass.

Calloway’s Nursery – The Organic Checklist

CALLOWAY’S  NURSERY®
Life Lived Beautifully®

The Organic Checklist

January

  • Fertilize annuals and grasses with
  • Calloway’s Organic & Natural Fertilizer
  • Spray Bonide All Seasons Oil Spray to control scale insects, if needed
  • Prune evergreen Trees and Shrubs

February

  • Corn Gluten Meal has been known to deter weed seeds from germinating!
  • Plant Trees and Shrubs using
  • Calloway’s Tree & Shrub Planting Mix
  • Apply Soil Mender Lava Sand to beds
  • Prune Peach and Plum Trees

March

  • Fertilize all planting areas if not done in February
  • Mulch all bare soil
  • Amend vegetable beds with Calloway’s Organic Compost and Organic Soil
  • Apply Turf Soil Builder; it revives the soil!

April

  • Apply Calloway’s Organic & Natural Fertilizer
  • Corn Gluten Meal has been known to deter weed seeds from germinating!
  • Release beneficial Insects
  • Leave foliage on Daffodils to recharge the bulbs
  • Spray Bonide Neem on Roses

May

  • Apply Calloway’s Organic & Natural Fertilizer, Soil Mender Molasses, and Texas Greensand
  • if we have over 8” of rain since last application
  • Release beneficial insects
  • Use Summit BT Spray for bagworms
  • Prune Spring blooming Shrubs

June

  • Apply Calloway’s Organic & Natural Fertilizer, Soil Mender Molasses, and Texas Greensand  first of the month if not applied in May
  • Apply Corn Meal for fungus problems as needed
  • Control Web Worms with Summit B.T. Worm Spray or Bonide Captain Jack’s (Spinosad) Control snails, slugs, and pill bugs with Monterey’s Sluggo Snail and Slug Control
  • Deadhead spent blooms
  • Apply Natural CedarCide to deter mosquitoes

July

  • Apply Soil Mender Liquid Fish & Seaweed twice this month
  • Use Soil Mender Diatomaceous Earth to control crawling insects
  • Mulch to conserve moisture
  • Apply Soil Mender Molasses and Texas Greensand once to the lawn and beds

August

  • Apply Soil Mender Liquid Fish & Seaweed twice this month
  • Mulch to conserve moisture

September

  • Apply Soil Mender Liquid Fish & Seaweed twice this month
  • Apply Calloway’s Organic & Natural Fertilizer
  • Apply Turf Soil Builder; it revives the soil!
  • Corn Gluten Meal has been known to deter weed seeds from germinating!
  • Apply Soil Mender Molasses and Texas Greensand

October

  • Corn Gluten Meal, applied mid-to-late in month, has been known to deter weed seeds from germinating! Rake and remove leaves on your lawn
  • Apply Soil Mender Lava Sand
  • Plant Trees and Shrubs
  • Divide Summer blooming perennials
  • Use Jobe’s Blood Meal to provide nutrients

November

  • Fertilize bulbs, annuals, and perennials with
  • Calloway’s Organic & Natural Fertilizer Mulch for Winter protection
  • Plant Winter annual color

December

  • Plant Spring Bulbs (Tulips, Hyacinths) using
  • Jobes Bone Meal to provide nutrients
  • Water areas that become dry
  • Cut back on watering and fertilizing houseplants

Calloway’s Nursery – Monthly Lawn & Garden Checklist

CALLOWAY’S  NURSERY®
Life Lived Beautifully®

Monthly Lawn & Garden Checklist

January

  • Service lawn mower Prune Trees and Roses Prepare garden soils
  • Spray All Seasons Oil Spray for scale
  • Buy and plant Fruit Trees
  • Use Calloway’s Tree & Shrub Planting Mix

February

  • Apply weed preemergent as recommended
  • Use Bonide Crabgrass Preventer with Dimension for grassy and broadleaf weeds or Bonide Weed Beater Complete Granules for
  • pre & post control!
  • Purchase Caladium Bulbs
  • Plant or transplant Trees and Shrubs
  • Spray dandelions (another broadleaf weed) with Bonide Weed Beater Southern

March

  • For new lawns apply Calloways Premium Lawn Food 21-5-10
  • For mature lawns apply Calloway’s Premium Phosphorus Free Lawn Food 21-0-0
  • Apply Turf Soil Builder; it revives the soil!
  • Spray visible Winter weeds with
  • Bonide Weed Beater Southern
  • Plant Spring flowers using Calloway’s Flower Bed Mix
  • Purchase Caladium Bulbs
  • Amend vegetable beds with Calloway’s Organic Compost

April

  • Plant Spring Bulbs
  • Plant Caladium Bulbs after the 15th
  • Feed Trees and Shrubs with Calloway’s Professional 16-8-8 Tree & Shrub Food
  • Watch for fungus and brown patch; apply
  • Bonide Infuse Systemic Fungicide as needed
  • Prune Shrubs
  • Apply Bonide Weed Beater Southern to stop broadleaf weeds
  • Plant Spring annuals and perennials then fertilize with
  • Calloways 14-14-14 or Calloway’s Amazing Gardens

May

  • Apply 2nd application of preemergents for crabgrass and grass burrs
  • Apply Calloway’s Premium Lawn Food
  •  Apply Turf Soil Builder; it revives the soil!
  • Apply Image for nutsedge
  • Spray established weeds with Bonide Weed Beater Southern

June

  • Watch for scale on Crapemyrtles
  • Treat web worms on Trees and Shrubs with
  • Summit Caterpillar & Worm Killer
  • Apply Fungicide to stop lawn fungus
  • Treat insect problems on lawns or ornamentals with Bonide Insect & Grub Control
  • Control fire ants with Amdro or
  • Orthene Fire Ant Killer
  • Watch for June bugs (adult grub worms) see below
  • Apply Natural CedarCide to deter mosquitoes

July

  • At mid-month treat for grubs with Bayer Season Long Grub Killer or Bonide Insect & Grub Control, available in spray or granules
  • Feed Trees and Shrubs with Calloway’s Professional 16-8-8 Tree & Shrub Food
  • Water pots and hanging baskets daily
  • Water lawns, 1” per week, best done in early mornings

August

  • Treat insect problems
  • Water pots and hanging baskets daily
  • Water lawns, 1” per week, best done in early mornings

September

  • Use Bonide Crabgrass Preventer with Dimension for grassy and broadleaf weeds or Bonide Weed Beater Complete Granules for pre & post control! Fertilize lawns with Calloway’s Premium Lawn Food Apply Turf Soil Builder; it revives the soil!
  •   Plant Fall Flowers
  •   Watch for fungus in lawns and, if necessary, treat with   Bonide Infuse Spray or Granules

October

  • Purchase Spring Bulbs. Tulips and Hyacinths must spend 45 days in refrigeration
  • Winterize lawns with Calloway’s Premium Lawn Food
  • Plant Pansies and fertilize with Calloway’s Professional Pansy Food

November

  • Time to Plant Wildflower Seeds

December

  • Plant bulbs 1st of month, using Jobe’s Bone Meal
  • to provide nutrients
  • Prune Trees

For store hours and locations visit Calloways.com

Timely Tips for December Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

Working in your garden is an excellent escape during the holidays. It’s a great time of year to do some of the heavy work in the landscape as opposed to sweating it up in the heat of the summer.

Don’t put up the mower yet. Although turf grasses have stopped growing, you can use the mower to chop up and recycle the leaves back into the lawn or for a compost pile. Prepare gas-powered engines for winter. The owner’s manual is the best guide to winterizing a lawn mower, tiller, garden tractor or other equipment.

Drain and store garden hoses and watering equipment in a readily accessible location. Lawns and other plants may need an occasional watering during prolonged dry spell.

In general, once the weather gets and stays cold, pruning of deciduous plants (ones that lose their leaves) can be safely done. Evergreen hedges can be sheared or cut back in the winter also. Wait until February to prune your roses. Remember – Do Not Top your Crapemyrtles! Simply prune to remove seed heads and shape.

Prepare for the cold weather before it hits! One of the best things you can do for your landscape plants is to provide a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch. Mulching is necessary year round but during the colder periods it provides a layer of insulation for the roots. Water your landscape well before a cold spell. A drought stressed plant is more susceptible to freeze damage. For more tender plants, purchase frost cloth for extra protection. Cover the plant completely allowing the edges to come all the way to the ground, utilizing the heat which radiates from the ground.

December is a perfect time to plant trees and shrubs so they can develop a strong root system for next Spring. Cool weather color such as Pansies, Snapdragons, Cyclamen, Flowering Cabbage and Kale add splashes of color to your landscape. Spring flowering bulbs can be planted now once they have been properly chilled. Make your home beautiful for the Holidays with a stunning assortment of floral quality Poinsettias, Cyclamen, freshest greenery and Christmas Trees. Add a mix of new indoor and tropical plants to energize your home.

Remember to provide food and water for the birds this winter. You can attract just as many birds with a bird bath as with food, especially during the dry spells. To draw a diversity of birds provide a variety of seeds, like sunflower, thistle, safflower and millet; plus suet. Once you begin putting out bird food, continue feeding them through the spring time.

Enjoy your time with family and friends. Have a very Merry  Christmas and blessed Happy New Year!

Timely Tips for November Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

This is the perfect time to plant your chilled bulbs for spring; they should be in the ground before the first frost, so plant now while the soil is still easy to work. Iris, daylilies and gladiolas should also be planted at this time, 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.

Using the same colorful annuals will add a splash of color to your patio containers. Fill your container with fresh potting soil, plant food and your choice of these beautiful annuals to brighten your winter. Keep them watered as necessary and remove faded flowers to encourage repeat blooming.

If you want those beautiful Texas 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 States. To attract the widest variety of wild birds, you should consider placing a wide variety of bird feeders and food around your yard.