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  • 07 Mar 2019 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    As the world outside finally begins to turn green after a long winter, it’s time once again to pay attention to your lawn. Spring is a sensitive time for your yard – the soil is spongy, the plants are tender, and the weather is unpredictable.

    Your lawn will thank you for being gentle this time of year, but it will also thank you for addressing a few important spring tasks. Here’s how to go about taking care of your lawn in the spring

    Clean Up – Gently!

    Avoid heavy yard work in the spring until the soil dries out – foot traffic and hard raking can compact or disturb soggy soil and damage tender, new grass shoots. Once the soil is good and dry, give your lawn a good spring cleaning to encourage grass growth and discourage pests and diseases. Remove leaves and fallen debris, and gently rake to fluff up and separate the grass shoots.

    Spring is the best time to prevent weeds by using pre-emergent weed control, which work by preventing weed seeds from germinating. Pre-emergent herbicides work for about three months, so plan on a second application during the summer.

    In the spring, gardeners have to choose between weed control and lawn seeding. Pre-emergent herbicides prevent grass seed from sprouting too, so you can’t do both – the herbicide will be active for up to 12 weeks, which means you’ll miss the spring planting season.

    • Warm-season grasses can be planted when air temperatures are in the 70s, soil temperatures are in the 60s, and all danger of frost has passed. Late spring is the best time to plant warm-season grasses.  Fertilize in late spring as soon as the lawn “greens up” and begins actively growing. This is usually in March or April, after the last frost.

    Other Spring Lawn Tasks

    • Aeration: is best done during your lawn’s peak growing season. For warm-season grasses, this means early to mid-summer. For cool-season grasses, aeration is best saved for fall but can be repeated in spring if the soil is extremely compacted. Wait until your lawn has been mowed 2-3 times in the season, so you’ll be sure it is growing fast enough to recover from the aeration.
    • Dethatching: also best done during peak growing season, right before aerating.
    • Mowing: Begin mowing as soon as your lawn needs it – grass blades do best when you cut no more than a third of the blade’s length at a time.
    • Watering: Once your grass starts growing, you’ll need to make sure your lawn gets at least 1” of water per week. Until then, you can water less frequently but remember that cold air is very drying to plants and lawns.
    • Insect control: Spring is a good time to address problems with fire ants. Many other insects, such as grubs and mole crickets, may also cause damage to your lawn in spring but are more effectively controlled later in the summer.
    • Lawn Equipment: Sharpen the blade and tune up your lawn mower, as well as other lawn equipment, to make summer mowing a breeze!



  • 23 Jan 2016 7:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Goal: A Valentine for Every Patient

    Show patients spending the holiday in the hospital you’re rooting for them!

    We're asking our friends across North Texas to take a minute to click on the image below, and select an electronic #MethodistValentine for a patient. You can choose the greeting, or write one yourself. It's a fun, free, and easy way of cheering up a fellow North Texan at a time when they may need it most.

    On Valentine's Day weekend, volunteers will pass out the cards, ensuring a smile and the knowledge that no patient in our hospitals is forgotten this holiday! Please note that, due to privacy restrictions, we will not be able to share information about patients with our card senders. 


  • 16 Feb 2015 11:05 AM | Anonymous member

    One of the busiest gardening months of the year is here!  March weather can be very fickle – it could still freeze since the average last freeze is mid-March or it could be very balmy and pleasant.  You can’t predict the weather in Texas. 

    March is a great month to plant almost every kind of landscape plant.  The sooner you plant, the quicker the plant will start getting established.  This is important if the plants are to do well through the hot, stressful summer.  Calloway’s/Cornelius Nursery are receiving weekly shipments of fresh nursery stock and this is the prime to buy and plant.

    Do not be too eager to apply fertilizer to your warm season lawn grasses (St. Augustine and Bermuda); it is best to wait until April. Spring green-up results from nutrients that were stored by the grass last; fall proving importance of fall fertilization.  Pushing the lawn too hard in the early spring could result in a weaker root system going into summer.

    A few great early season flower choices are sweet alyssum, geraniums, stocks, snapdragons and petunias.

    If you missed applying the pre-emergent weed preventer in February, then go ahead and make an application now.  You may miss a portion of the weeds which germinate in early Spring but it may still control many of the types that germinate in the warmer part of the year.

    Shear back Asiatic jasmine, if needed just as new growth starts to encourage new growth from the base.

    Begin fertilizing roses every 4 to 6 weeks now until September with Calloway’s Rose Food

    In-Store Clinics

    Saturday, March 7th at 10:15  am – Real Food. Growing Vegetables

    Saturday, March 14th at 10:15 am – Save water & money with Drip Irrigation

    Saturday, March 21st at 10:15 am – Fashionista Flower Design with Flower from Hort Couture

    Saturday, March 28th at 10:15 am – Secrets to Spectacular Roses

    Information courtesy of Calloway's Nursery ©2015, www.calloways.com. Attribution to Calloway's required for all use and reproduction. 




  • 01 Feb 2015 11:01 AM | Anonymous member

    Keep in mind that the average last freeze for North Texas area is not until mid-March.  Even so, many plants normally begin to show signs of growth in February, which makes it the perfect time, to get outside and work in the yard.

    Pruning is both an art and a necessary maintenance function.  Most trees and shrubs can be lightly pruned at any time; however mid-winter is generally the best time for major pruning.

    Summer flowering trees and shrubs should be pruned before buds begin to swell for Spring, generally they bloom on new growth; examples are crape myrtle, butterfly bush, spiraea and honeysuckle.  If those seed heads on crepe myrtles bother you, remove them this month.  Just clip back the ends of the branches, do not destroy the beauty of the gracefully sculptured trunks by severe pruning.  Please never top a crape myrtle.  Spring flowering plants such as azalea, Carolina jessamine, wisteria, forsythia, and quince should not be pruned until after the blooms are spent.

    February is the best time for pruning most roses.  Remove any old and diseased canes then cut the remaining canes back by 50%.  Make your cuts above a bud that faces away from the center of the plant.

    Early to mid-February marks the time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide for lawns.  These products kill germinating seed.  A second application may be needed in late May or early June.  Remember that the best defense against lawn weeds is a healthy, thick turf resulting from good management.

    Trim back perennials and ornamental grasses before the new growth appears in Spring.  Clean up around plants and mulch well to protect.

    This is a great time to visit your Calloway’s/Cornelius Nursery.  New plants are arriving now for late winter and early spring planting.  By planting early, plants will be off to a better start and can become adjusted before the stresses of summer arrive.  

    While at your Calloway’s/Cornelius Nursery treat your special Valentine with beautiful, fresh, living flowers!  The rose can be enjoyed all year; cool season flowers such as pansies, primrose and cyclamen can add a burst of color to your landscape, patio or garden.  That special person would love a container filled with exotic blooms and foliage comprising orchids, bromeliads, cyclamens and more. 

    In-Store Clinics

    Saturday, February 7th at 10:15 am  - Real Food, Fruits from the backyard garden

    Saturday, February 14th at 10:15 am – Create a Valentine Memory – Color Creation Class

    Saturday, February 21st at 10:15 am – Earthkind Gardening Practices for Texas

    Saturday, February 28th at 10:15 am – Make your lawn luxurious, Spring Lawn Care

    Information courtesy of Calloway's Nursery ©2015, www.calloways.com. Attribution to Calloway's required for all use and reproduction. 



    Keep in mind that the average last freeze for North Texas area is not until mid-March.  Even so, many plants normally begin to show signs of growth in February, which makes it the perfect time, to get outside and work in the yard.

    Pruning is both an art and a necessary maintenance function.  Most trees and shrubs can be lightly pruned at any time; however mid-winter is generally the best time for major pruning.

    Summer flowering trees and shrubs should be pruned before buds begin to swell for Spring, generally they bloom on new growth; examples are crape myrtle, butterfly bush, spiraea and honeysuckle.  If those seed heads on crepe myrtles bother you, remove them this month.  Just clip back the ends of the branches, do not destroy the beauty of the gracefully sculptured trunks by severe pruning.  Please never top a crape myrtle.  Spring flowering plants such as azalea, Carolina jessamine, wisteria, forsythia, and quince should not be pruned until after the blooms are spent.

    February is the best time for pruning most roses.  Remove any old and diseased canes then cut the remaining canes back by 50%.  Make your cuts above a bud that faces away from the center of the plant.

    Early to mid-February marks the time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide for lawns.  These products kill germinating seed.  A second application may be needed in late May or early June.  Remember that the best defense against lawn weeds is a healthy, thick turf resulting from good management.

    Trim back perennials and ornamental grasses before the new growth appears in Spring.  Clean up around plants and mulch well to protect.

    This is a great time to visit your Calloway’s/Cornelius Nursery.  New plants are arriving now for late winter and early spring planting.  By planting early, plants will be off to a better start and can become adjusted before the stresses of summer arrive. 

    While at your Calloway’s/Cornelius Nursery treat your special Valentine with beautiful, fresh, living flowers!  The rose can be enjoyed all year; cool season flowers such as pansies, primrose and cyclamen can add a burst of color to your landscape, patio or garden.  That special person would love a container filled with exotic blooms and foliage comprising orchids, bromeliads, cyclamens and more.

    In-Store Clinics

    Saturday, February 7th at 10:15 am  - Real Food, Fruits from the backyard garden

    Saturday, February 14th at 10:15 am – Create a Valentine Memory – Color Creation Class

    Saturday, February 21st at 10:15 am – Earthkind Gardening Practices for Texas

    Saturday, February 28th at 10:15 am – Make your lawn luxurious, Spring Lawn Care

    Information courtesy of Calloway's Nursery ©2015, www.calloways.com. Attribution to Calloway's required for all use and reproduction. 

  • 16 Dec 2014 11:51 AM | Anonymous member

    City of Dallas Update - Christmas and New Year’s holidays

    All City facilities City offices will be closed for business on Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Libraries - Closed on December 25th and January 1st. Libraries that open on December 24th and 31st will close at 5 pm.

    Parks & Recreation - Recreation Centers and Administrative offices: Closed on Dec. 25, 2014 and Jan. 1, 2015. Recreation Centers will close at 6 pm on Wed., Dec. 24 & 31, 2014. Municipal Golf Courses, Tennis Centers and Elm Fork Gun Range are closed Dec. 25th

    Animal Services - The Shelter and Administrative offices will close on December 25 and January 1. Animal Services staff will be available to respond to emergency calls. All calls will be handled thru 311. Everyday Adoption Center at 16821 N Coit Rd. will close at 5 pm on December 24 and on December 31. The Center will be closed on December 25 and on January 1.

    3-1-1 Customer Help Line - Customer Service Representatives will be available to take service-related urgent calls such as water main breaks, downed trees/limbs, signal lights out/down, animal control, etc. Water Customer Service will be closed. Routine service requests may be input via the web at http://www.dallascityhall.com/services/services.html

    Police Administrative offices - Closed. Will operate on normal schedule

    Dallas Fire Rescue Administrative offices - Closed. Will operate on a normal schedule

    Municipal Courts - The Municipal Courts Building at 2014 Main will be closed. Thursday, December 25, and Thursday, January 1, 2015. Payments by mail are accepted with postmark dates honored. Online payments may be made at www.dallascityhall.com. Full payments and attorney & cash bonds for arrested defendants will be processed 24 hours/7days a week (including holidays) at the Dallas Marshal’s Office, 1600 Chestnut Street, Dallas, Texas 75226

    Sanitation Administrative offices: Closed. Customers that have a service day on December 25th will receive service on Wednesday December 24th and January 1st customers will receive service Wednesday December 31.

    Operation for the Landfill and Transfer Stations is as follows:
    The landfill and transfer stations will be closed on the Christmas and New Year Holiday.
    The landfill will close at 5 pm the day before the Christmas and New Year Holiday.
    The transfer stations will close at 5 pm the day before the Christmas and New Year Holiday.
    The landfill and transfer stations will work regular hours the day after the holidays.
    More info available on their website: www.dallascityhall.com

  • 16 Oct 2014 11:31 AM | Anonymous member
    This year's Tour is October 18th and 19th from noon to 6:00 both days.

    Tickets for this year's 2014 OOCCL Fall Home Tour are available now online via Paypal at www.ooccl.com or at participating Tom Thumb's at 315 S. Hampton, 6333 E. Mockingbird at Abrams, and 633 W. Wheatland at Cedar Ridge in Duncanville.

    Tickets sold before October 18th are $20 and $12 for seniors.

    During the weekend of the tour tickets may be purchased at Ticket Central at Simply Austin at 8th and Bishop or at any of the homes for full price at $25 and $15 for seniors.

    Tour is rain or shine.

    Check out the OOCCL.ORG website for a preview of the 2014 homes.


  • 03 Sep 2014 7:37 AM | Anonymous member
    The annual RECPTA Popsicle Party is an opportunity to enjoy a popsicle, make a new friend, and learn about all the ways that Rosemont Early Childhood PTA has been connecting Oak Cliff families since 1926! Join us for music, crafts, snacks, and other fun activities sponsored by RECPTA and our community partners including: Kidd Springs Recreation Center, Oil and Cotton, Dallas Art of Dance, the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Public Library, and more.

    Prospective and Current RECPTA Members Welcome! For parents-to-be, parents, babies and toddlers under 4.

    If you don’t already know, Rosemont Early Childhood PTA (RECPTA) is an organization of parents with young children who want to create and maintain a sense of community in Oak Cliff. RECPTA’s focus is to build community and friendships among North Oak Cliff parents that will last into the school-age years and beyond.


  • 26 Aug 2014 9:14 AM | Anonymous member
    Free Water-Wise seminars - Sept. 13 at Mountain View College
    Plan to attend one or both of the free seminars Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Performance Hall (Building “E”) at Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Ave. Click here for directions and a list of nearby restaurants.
    Landscape designer and author Bonnie Reese will be the speaker at both sessions. Reese has more than 20 years’ experience designing, installing and maintaining landscapes in North Texas and is the owner of her own landscape design and consulting company, Beautiful Landscapes (BeautifulLandscapes.net). Attendees at each session will receive a copy of Bonnie’s book, “Common-Sense Landscaping” (hard copy or electronic version - limit one per household). Attendees can enter a drawing to win a bag of Green Sense organic fertilizer from Rohde’s Nursery & Nature Store (BeOrganic.com). There will be three drawings per session.
    Water-Wise Landscape Design 101 - 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Whether you have a new landscape or plan to update an existing area, it is critical to begin with a good design. This program teaches the principles of landscape design with an emphasis on how to create a beautiful landscape that will save resources - natural and financial.
    Fantastic Plants for North Texas - 1:30 to 5 p.m.
    Using colorful photographs, Bonnie demonstrates the natural beauty of native and adapted plants that thrive in the North Texas region. Learn when, where and how to plant each of the recommended plants, their size and height at maturity, seasonal color, texture and more. This program provides information on trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, groundcovers and turf grasses.
    Making a reservation
    Space is limited; register online at SaveDallasWater.com or by calling (214) 670-3155. Let us know which seminar(s) you would like to attend, and how many will be attending in your group.
    Seminars sponsored by Dallas Water Utilities Conservation, City of Dallas Stormwater Management and Mountain View College.
     


  • 21 Aug 2014 12:14 PM | Anonymous member
    City offices: Closed
    Libraries: Closed
    Recreation Centers: Closed

    Animal Services: The Shelter and Administrative offices will close on Monday, September 1. Animal Services staff will be available to respond to emergency calls. All calls will be handled thru 311. Everyday Adoption Center will open 10 am to 5 pm

    3-1-1: Customer Help Line Customer Service Representatives will be available to take service-related urgent calls such as water main breaks, downed trees/limbs, signal lights out/down, animal control, etc. Water Customer Service will be closed. Routine service requests may be input via the web at:  http://www.dallascityhall.com/services/services.html

    Police Administrative offices: Closed
    Will operate on normal schedule.

    Dallas Fire Rescue Administrative offices: Closed
    Will operate on a normal schedule.

    Court & Detention Services: The Municipal Courts Building at 2014 Main will be closed Saturday, August 30, 2014 and Monday, September 1. Payments by mail are accepted with postmark dates honored. Online payments may be made at www.dallascityhall.com. Full payments and attorney & cash bonds for arrested defendants will be processed 24 hours/7days a week (including holidays) at the Dallas Marshal’s Office, 1600 Chestnut Street, Dallas, Texas 75226


    Sanitation: Sanitation administrative offices closed. Garbage and recycling roll
    carts will be collected as scheduled for residential customers.
    Transfer stations and the McCommas Bluff landfill will be open as scheduled. Week 1 Brush & Bulky Trash collections begin on Monday, September 1.


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