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Lawn Care Tips for February ...
Trim and shape shrubs and hedges to a desired size before the growing season starts. Consider the possibility of giving your plants a new shape. Possible shapes are pyramids, cylinders, mushrooms, poodles, multi-tiered tabletops, spirals (junipers), bonsai (mature junipers), slanted (long hedges), and undulating waves. Whee! You can have a lot of fun here! If your plants are out of shape, the substance is amenable to trimming into a different shape. Look carefully, and do not be afraid to cut, using hand clippers to remove targeted limbs or foliage, and then fine-tuning the shape with shears.
Clean out leaves and pull weeds from flower beds.
Prune roses to a third of their height, to remove spindly growth and fortify structure. Remove deadwood as well as the deadwood draws energy from the plants. A desired, uniform shape can be established at this time for all the roses. The roses can be fertilized at this time with Color Star blooming fertilizer, which contains bone meal and blood meal. In addition, fish meal fertilizer is also available as a natural supplement. Valentine's day is a perfect time to plant new roses.
Trench flower bed edges and define their perimeters with a sharp, straight-edge spade. Be aware of irrigation lines and utilities upon doing so. Use a 40-inch tall straight-edge spade that has a 7-inch wide X 11-inch blade. Sharpen it on both sides with a bastard file. To avoid user fatigue from pushing the spade into the soil with your foot, practice the following technique. With the right hand, firmly grab the handle top, and with the left hand, hold the handle shaft. While standing poised over the existing flower bed edge, raise the spade as if you are going to strike down forcefully on the edge where the flower bed and the lawn meet. Then aim straight down to where the new, fresh edge should be. Next, in a “throwing down” motion, impel the spade into the soil about 4-5 inches, letting go of the shaft with your aiming left hand, while continuing your hold with the right hand on top. Tilt back the spade to toss up into the flower bed the loose soil from the trench. With practice, this becomes a flick-of-the-wrist gardening routine that creates awesome, crisp edging on which to guide your line trimmer before mowing. Wear steel toes if possible for this gardening technique
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Turn soil in the flower beds to aerate. A sharp shooter spade can be used. Hold handle with right hand, guide with the left hand, and thrust the sharp shooter 3-4 inches into the soil at 10 o’clock, then twist handle to 12 o’clock. Repeat motion in close-knit patterns to produce an even, lightly turned soil, breaking any clumps as you go and leveling out with a leaf rake. Aerating allows oxygen, water, and fertilizers to reach plant roots for absorption. Sharp tools are always easier to use and reduce fatigue. Beware of sprinkler pipes, utility cables, or gas lines to lamps or BBQ pits.
Apply a granular pre-emergence herbicide to the flower beds. This is a selective herbicide that will kill only broadleaf weeds and grassy weeds. It works by preventing seed germination. The best products are available at a public chemical store. Hardware stores do not carry professional grade products. Their products are diluted and not worth the money spent
Mower blade tip: sharpen or replace mower blade every 2-3 months during the growing season. A sharp mower blade creates a cleaner cut and reduces operator fatigue.
Mow grass at 3 inches high with a grass catcher. The grass catcher will collect any weeds that have gone to seed and prevent re-seeding. Apply Scott’s weed and feed fertilizer with atrizine. Atrizine is excellent for eliminating dollar weed.
Using a broadcast spreader, apply Scott’s weed and feed fertilizer with atrizine on your lawn. Atrizine is excellent for eliminating weeds and is specially formulated for dollar weed.
Cut down cannas to 4 inches from ground level.
Remove clover individually by hand, root and all, from your lawn. Do not mow it over because it will reproduce and begin to overtake the grass. The same applies for crab grass. An aluminum flower planting trowel is ideal for removing crab grass that is not full grown. With one hand, grab all the leaves like a strand of hair, pull strongly and maintain pull at a 45 degree angle. With the planting trowel, stab into the soil 2-3 inches in a semi-circular fashion back and forth around the base of the crab grass, rocking the plant sideways as you pull. If it does not come out then, turn around and repeat from the other side of the plant. For large, established crab grass, use a sharp shooter, pushing the shovel at 45 degrees around the plant to complete a full circle. Pop plant out by tilting sharp shooter down and fill plant hole with topsoil for lawn grass to patch in.
Visit a local nursery and discover what trees, plants, and flowers they carry; when they bloom; whether they are for planting in shade, full sun, filtered sunlight; what is hardy long-term and will not freeze; what is prone to certain diseases. Please note that, at the nursery, shade-type nursery stock will be store in the shade under canopies, and full-sun stock out in the full sun. A continual, year-round cascade of blooming plants can be enjoyed by organizing a planting scheme based on the time plants bloom by month.
Create your own “spring break” by planning to visit The Mercer Arboretum, a multi-acre botanical garden on Aldine Westfield just north of FM 1960. The azalea trails bloom between February and April, depending on the weather, so call now for a status and do take tag along your digital camera for awesome photos! Engaged couples, sweet 16’s, and a host of other visitors have their professional photographers meet them there on purpose for photo shoots.
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NOTICE OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING
The Board of Directors for the Atascocita Community Improvement Association will hold a regular meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00:pm., at The Overlook 20114 Pinehurst Drive, Atascocita, TX 77346.
The subject of the meeting is general business of the Association, including but not limited to, discussion of items related to the Association budget and expenditures as well as discussion of repair and maintenance of the assets owned by the Association. An appeal from the denial of an architectural application may be considered during executive session.
Discussions involving personnel, pending or threatened litigation, contract negotiations, enforcement actions, and confidential communications with the Association attorney, matters involving invasion of privacy of owners, and other matters that are confidential by request of an affected party and agreement of the Board are discussed in executive session.
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