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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 

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 – Monthly Lawn & Garden Checklist

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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

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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.

Timely Tips for October Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

Usher in the autumn season with creative displays for indoors and out! Transformation quickly occurs with pots of mums, pansies, cabbages and ornamental peppers when combined with
pumpkins, gourds and bales of hay.

Create a spectacular vignette in your landscape with bales of hay, a scarecrow or two, multiple sizes of pumpkins and gourds, pots of garden mums, corn stalks and for more texture consider
adding old tools, a set of antlers or birdhouses. The autumn color palette offers a myriad of wonderful colors from which to choose; purples, rusts, gold’s, yellows, oranges, deep greens and browns can be used. Whether you are mixing colors or working with only one, use color abundantly to create massive appeal. Create a pyramid of pumpkins and gourds 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 by nestling an interesting pumpkin or gourd in amongst the plants. Fill a favorite basket or pot with a mixture of produce for a simple,
impressive look. Add a bit of nature into your containers with branches, corn husks, berries and other materials to enhance the overall 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 lawns no later
than the first week of October.

October is bulb buying month. They are in fresh supply and will provide welcome late winter and early spring color for the landscape. Refrigerate Tulips and Hyacinth bulb for at least 45 to
60 days to provide enough chilling to bloom properly. Plant them in late November or early December.

Timely Tips for September Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius

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. Fall-fertilized lawns are better equipped to make it through the winter and resume growth next spring than lawns that receive no fertilizer.

Double check your sprinklers carefully to make sure they are applying all that you expect in an even, uniform pattern.

Think back to last spring. Did you have lawn weeds in February and March before the grass started growing? Those were cool-season weeds, most of which germinated last fall. A pre-emergent herbicide applied in September will help reduce the recurrence of the same weeds next spring.

Sow Spring Wildflowers (like Bluebonnets) seeds 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.

Need to add new shrubbery or trees to your landscape? This is a great month to do that. Fall landscaping done now will be well-rooted by next Spring and Summer.

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

Calloway’s August Timely Tips

Timely Tips for August Gardeners from Calloway’s 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 dog days of Summer. This is usually one of the driest months for our region, and rainfall may be sparse. 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.

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

Tomatoes and Peppers planted earlier this year will not produce fruit during the heat of the Summer, even though they may still be flowering. If the plants remain healthy, they will bear fruit again once the temperature stays below 90 degrees. Remember to fertilize established, healthy plants and keep them 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.

Stop by your nearest Calloway’s Nursery for friendly, expert advice from one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals.

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Calloway’s July Timely Tips

Timely Tips for July Gardeners from Calloway’s Nursery

Gardening activities usually slow down in the Summertime as the temperature continues to climb into the 90’s and beyond. Because it is often a very dry and hot month, maintenance is the focus. The best time to do any kind of gardening or maintenance is early in the morning or late in the day when temperatures are cooler. Now is the time to sit back and relax while enjoying the beautiful garden areas you’ve created.

Proper watering is essential to keep plants healthy during the Summer. 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 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.

Drip irrigation combined with mulch is an excellent way to maintain your garden and lawn. Drip irrigation, also known as trickle irrigation or micro irrigation is a method that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either into the soil surface or directly into the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters. It is done through narrow tubes that deliver water directly to the base of the plant. This allows for fertilizer and nutrient loss to be minimized due to localized application and reduced leaching. Soil erosion and weed growth is also lessened with this type of irrigation. Drip irrigation also allows the foliage to remain dry which reducing the risk of disease. If drip irrigation is not an option, consider using soaker hoses to provide a good source of water to your garden or bedding plants.

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.

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