|Posted on Aug 7th, 2015 Comments (0)
Plant of the Month: Esperanza
This perennial large shrub is especially gorgeous right now in our 100+ degree heat. The green leaves are still lush looking and the yellow blooms are quite eye catching. Not a lot of shrubs look so spectacular at the moment. It is native to the Chihuahua Desert (not everything is a cactus there) but grows well in Texas heat. It is a perennial which means it typically dies back each winter (especially in the north part of the State) but can be cut low after it has succumbed to first frost and mulched over to protect its roots and stems. It grows larger each year so consider giving it plenty of room to spread. NO irrigation required (except to get it established).
Landscape Tips for August
Continue to install sod until about October 1 and Bermuda grass seed until about September 15.
Work on drainage plans to correct all areas where drainage is not perfect.
Plan and plant the fall vegetable garden.
Minimize all irrigation during the heat of the day and follow your community guidelines.
Plan to aerate and topdress weak, thin soils during the fall.
Check for chinch, grubs and Bermuda mites in the turf.
Plan to install new container grown trees this fall (autumn is the best time to plant trees).
Fall is the time to plant Bluebonnet seeds. Locate and buy yours now!
|Twice a Week Watering Effective May 1, 2015
|Posted on May 1st, 2015 Comments (0)
Water restrictions are being adjusted in light of recent rains and increases in lake levels. Conservation is still needed. Beginning May 1, customers may water up to two times per week, if watering is needed. Watering with sprinklers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is still prohibited. Watering on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday is not allowed. Subscribe to weekly watering recommendations by visiting the Water My Yard website. The best practice is simply to not water when rain has just occurred or is expected.
ODD Addresses: Tuesday and Friday
EVEN Addresses: Monday and Thursday
*As HOA watering involves watering of their common areas and in may cases the City of Plano right of way (which has no address), it was decided that all HOA watering would follow an EVEN address watering schedule.
Newly installed landscapes may be granted a 30-day water variance upon approval. Variances are not required for filling pools.