Treating Weeds

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Weeds are an unsightly plant for us all. We pull, and pluck, but still no luck! Thankfully, Lowe’s has some insightful tips on how to control and reduce these deeply rooted plants.

First things first -recognizing types of weeds. A weed is any plant that is wildly growing and using resources on or around ground cultivated for a desired crop. Simply, a plant that is growing where it is not wanted. There are three types of weeds:

Broadleaf Dandelion

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Grassy Crabgrass

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Grass-like Wild Onion

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Weed seeds subsists in all lawns and gardens, and spread for a multitude of reasons. They can circulate by wind, water, animals, soil amendments, poor quality grass seed and lawn and garden equipment.

Promote your coveted plants by planting the desired vegetation in the best environment. Proper location will better control weeds. Still, there are a variety of lawn and garden conditions that will prevent plants from growing, while increasing the potential for weed development. These include: incorrect watering, improper fertilization, soil compaction, insect damage, disease, poor drainage, improper sunlight, and excessive water on a lawn.

It is vital to mow the grass at the proper height. Mowing the lawn too short will lessen the ability for grass to shade the soil from sunlight, therefore increasing the potential for weed germination.

Removing weeds by hand or with garden tools is the safest, and most environmentally friendly way to control weeds. Hera are a few simple tips to “stay out of the weeds”:

  • Address a weed as soon as it appears.
  • Pull from the base, lifting as much root of the weed as possible.
  • For large weeds, such as thistles and dandelions; use a garden fork, spike or slim trowel. Keep the hole as small as possible. Place the  end close to the weed’s base and plunge it deep into the ground.
  • Loosen the surrounding soil and grab the weed under its crown to pull out the entire root.

For large lawns and gardens, it may not be effective to pull weeds by hand. Using herbicides will provide total control of weeds. Closely follow the herbicide manufacturer’s instructions, including safety, clothing, protective gear, storage and disposal. Always wear gloves. Be sure to use the appropriate amount of herbicide to prevent build up in standing water that will harm the environment.

Build on your knowledge of  controlling weeds by implementing a weed control schedule into your annual routine. Determine in the late Spring, during the middle of growing season, which weeds have come back and repeat weed killer application or remove weeds with herbicide or by hand.

With these tips you are sure to be the best landscaper and gardener in Valley Ranch! Till next time…

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EARTHfest UnVeiled!

Earth Fest - FINALWhat do you get when you combine our annual Ladybug Release and Recycle Day during the week of Earth day? EARTHfest! The event kicks off at 9 a.m., but dig these details to do EARTHfest like a pro.

Parking is available in the main parking lot of Cimarron Recreation Center. Event stations, including bounce houses, will be located in the open grass area behind the rec center.

9 a.m.   – Recycle drive thru opens in the main parking lot of Cimarron Recreation                                  Center. Drive thru features Magic Shred, ReUse It DFW, and Recycle IT for                            Texas! trucks.                                                                                                                                          – Bounce houses open!                                                                                                                            – Lowe’s kid station open!                                                                                                                      – Seedling plant station open!

10 a.m.Pre-registered guests check in for sweet treat voucher!                                        First 100 registered guests will receive a ticket for one free shaved ice, by Bobaddiction food truck. All other guests will have the option to purchase directly from the truck.

10:30 a.m. – Ladybug Release

Two 30-minute education sessions on native plants, featuring Milkweeds will be conducted by Randy Johnson, Horticulture Manager at the Dallas Zoo.

Session One: 11:15 a.m.          Session Two: 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – Recycle drive thru closes

RECYCLE this way…Here’s a list of items that are acceptable to recycle:

  • Household batteries (no car batteries)
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Wire coat hangers
  • Styrofoam (packing ‘peanuts’ ONLY) bagged in plastic
  • Electronic devices including CDs and cell phones
  • Expired gift cards
  • Prescription eye glasses
  • DVD & CD plastic cases

*Please note: We cannot accept weapons and/or explosives, hazardous waste, flammable products, paint, lawn chemicals, large appliances, light bulbs or other glass items, automobile parts, food, sleeper sofas, and items needing repairs or upholstery work.

MAGIC SHRED! Come early to have your sensitive documents securely shredded and disposed of. When the truck is full, “That’s all folks!”

REUSE IT DFW – Have something you aren’t using, but someone else can? Bring it!

  • Household items in usable condition including electrical appliances
  • Clothing, shoes, miscellaneous accessories such as caps, scarves
  • Toys, games, etc.

PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NORMAL CURBSIDE RECYCLING THAT SHOULD GO IN THE BLUE BAGS

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Summer Newsletter 2015

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Celebrating Something?

If you or someone you know has an achievement you’d like to share, let us know! Submissions are subject to final Board approval.

Neighbor “Good” Stories

You left us wanting more! Please share your experiences of acts of kindness and care from your neighbors in and around the Ranch. #BeValleyRanch

Pet Tales

Have you caught your fluffy friend up to their fur in mischief? If you have, send us a picture or a short tale. It might be the cutest thing  we ever ‘paw’!

Valley Ranch Cares

What charity or cause is dear to you? We have a growing list of Ranchers that are ready to roll up their sleeves for a good cause.

Email us at lifestyle@valleyranch.org

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Maintaining A Wood Fence

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The association’s main goal in issuing violations is to keep the community a beautiful place to live. This in turn, helps maintain property values.

Maintaining a wood fence is key to extend the life of the fence. One of the most important things one can do to maintain a fence is to stain it. Stains will provide more protection and ease of fence maintenance because a stain can seep further into the wood itself than just painting can. It is important to apply stain evenly so that the final fence repair job looks uniform. Make sure that the temperature outside (in addition to the humidity) is compliant with the specifications on the back of the product. Most stains will not take, or will look poor if applied in extreme heat or cold.

Regular visual inspections of fencing are recommended to locate damaged fence pickets that need replaced or loose nails that can be knocked back in place with a hammer, or removed and replaced. This is a very important fence repair step to taken when maintaining a fence because it is a safety concern for small children and animals.

While a fence serves to create a privacy barrier, it additionally helps to keep pets in a yard. Unless the latch doesn’t lock! Always make sure that the latches on your gate lock properly, and if it doesn’t – replace it.

Wrought iron fences should be rinsed regularly to remove dirt, mud, and debris that can accumulate on the surface. Frequent exposure to moisture can result in rust. Remove rust and chipped paint flakes with a wire brush as soon as you notice them. Touch up rust areas of your fence with an oil-based primer and rust-proof paint. Oil-based products are compatible with metals and will reduce the need to repaint often.

If you should ever have a question about a violation you receive or need to arrange for additional time to resolve the matter, please contact our office. We are here to help.

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Spring This For Your Lawn

Know before you mow

Let’s face it, a lush green yard is beautiful, but did you know that in the first six weeks of spring is when 60% of the top growth occurs? Maintaining a properly trimmed yard is essential during the spring months. Know before you mow how your grass grows. Focus on these two main points – the crown, just above the soil surface and the base of blades whose tips you have to cut. Cutting the grass by these methods will make new blades and extend old ones. Before you start cutting your grass, change the height of deck on your mower blade so that the grass is cut at 3”. This means cutting your grass when it is at least 4” tall. The shorter you cut your grass, the shorter your roots will be.

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Dull blades shred the leaf tip, allow loss of water, and increase susceptibility to disease. This can cause a brownish lawn instead of a vibrant green color. Not only will the grass recover more quickly, but your mowing time will also be reduced when mowing with sharpened blades.

When to water

Spring has arrived and so has the rain! With rain comes weeds and lots of them. Spring rain provides an ample amount of water for our lawns, so don’t be quick to turn on the sprinkler or irrigation system. Instead, invest in a rain gauge.  It will measure the rainfall and irrigation amount. You should also evaluate your irrigation needs for shade and full sun areas. Be mindful that shaded areas will hold more moisture versus areas that are exposed to more sunlight.

Until next time, happy mowing!

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Valley Ranch Mother of the Year Essay Contest

Do you know a Valley Ranch mom that deserves the title of  ” Valley Ranch Mother of the Year?” If so, write an essay in 200 words or less explaining why she should win this nomination. We will accept essays starting Friday, April 10. Drop your essay off at the Valley Ranch Association front desk no later than Tuesday, May 5 by 5 p.m. Email submissions must postmarked by 5 p.m. Email letters to lifestyle@valleyranch.org.

Please include the mom’s name, address, phone number or email. We will announce the winner via e-blast on Thursday, May 7, and via Facebook on Sunday, May 10.  Not only will this incredible mom be presented with the title, she will also receive a special prize worth $150!

*Only open to residents of Valley Ranch. Mom must also be a resident of Valley Ranch.

*Proof of residency may be required.

Please contact us if you have any questions. We can’t wait to read your essays!

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4th Annual Catch Me If You Can

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Calling all cyclists!

Valley Ranch we have been invited to participate in the Kiwanis’s Catch Me If You Can Bike Ride. If you are passionate about cycling then this event is for you! All levels are welcomed!

For more event information visit www.kiwanisbreckenridge.com

Email: bikeride@kiwanisbreckenridge.com.

Please see flyer below for event details.

2015 Ride Flyer

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