West Memorial May 2020

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West Memorial

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Katy resident, Janell Fountain

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WEST MEMORIAL IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Association Manager: Sherri Carey

Asst. Manager/Deed Restriction & ACC Matters: Tamara Henderson

Accounts Receivable: Brandie Galeas

Work Orders/Maintenance/Repairs: Tiffany Adamson

SECURITY (CONTRACT #83)

EMERGENCY (Police, Fire, Medical) 911

NON-EMERGENCY:

Constables Office 281-463-6666

Harris County Precinct 3 713-755-6306

Crime Stoppers

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HCE SD FIRE DEPT. 48 281-599-8888

SCHOOLS

KISD Administration 281-396-6000

KISD Security 281-396-7560

KISD Transportation Dept. 281-396-6220

West Memorial Elementary 281-237-6600

West Memorial Jr. High 281-237-6400

Katy High School 281-237-6700

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Animal Control 281-999-3191

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WEST MEMORIAL BOARD MEETINGS ARE

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OFFICERS DIRECTORS EMAIL LIAISON FOR

President Pat Leo pat@westmemorial.org Constable Patrol

Vice President Jerry Wells jerry@westmemorial.org Deed Restrictions/ACC

Secretary Pauline Edwards pauline@westmemorial.org Website/Communications

Treasurer Pat Wilson patw@westmemorial.org Newsletter

Director Lindy Rajput lindy@westmemorial.org Community Events/Committees

Director Harry Woodstrom harry@westmemorial.org Landscape/ Website/Communications

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WEST MEMORIAL TIGER SHARKS

West Memorial Swim Team Registration is open. Come swim with us.

Founded in 1979, we are one of the longest running community swim

teams in the area. Open to swimmers of all abilities ages 4-18. Look at our

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LET’S TALK ABOUT IT….

The West Memorial Civic Association has a duty to enforce neighborhood

regulations. These typically include violations of deed restrictions, collection of

annual assessments and related fees. The HOA Board’s authority is established

in state law for the purpose of maintaining property values and quality

of life. Enforcement proceeds along a defined path that, to be fair, must be

consistently applied. The process often begins with a letter to the homeowner

explaining the violation, which if ignored, may eventually end up in a lawsuit.

Fortunately, most violations are resolved quickly following receipt of a letter. In

rare circumstances the Board sends the matter to its attorneys. The attorneys’

first objective is to negotiate a settlement. Failing that, the Board must

consider a lawsuit. The Board positively hates to involve attorneys because its

objective is compliance not penalty. The attorney path is costly and slow and

the fees must eventually be collected from the homeowner, our neighbors.

While a case is pending the problem is not going away. The Board is eager to

meet with homeowners to negotiate a compliance plan but that process must

be initiated by the homeowner. A reasonable solution can usually be agreed,

especially when illness, loss of employment or other calamity is involved. The

Board meetings are held on the 4 th Tuesday of each month (excluding May &

December) beginning at 7 PM at the community clubhouse on Kingsland Blvd.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Please remember that any exterior change to your home requires approval

from the Homeowners Association prior to performing the improvement

and/or addition. You can find the governing rules and application process

on the Association website at www.westmemorial.org or by contacting

management at thenderson@highsierramanagement.com.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

We are seeking volunteers for several upcoming projects. More

homeowner participation would be appreciated Please email

volunteers@westmemorial.org for more information or questions.

STRAY ANIMALS

Do not hesitate to call Harris County Animal Control at 281-999-3191, if

you see animals that are roaming the neighborhood unleashed.

LEASH LAW “HARRIS COUNTY”

Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our residents.

While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at someone who

is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children are afraid of animals

and become frightened, which could result in the child getting hurt trying

to avoid the animal. Veterinary Public Health (formerly called Harris County

Animal Control) advises that “All dogs and cats must be kept under restraint

while in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas. The custodian of

a dog or cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep any unlicensed dog or

cat, nor to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.” Restraint is defined as “the

control of a dog or cat under the following circumstances:

1. When it is controlled by a line or leash not more than six (6) feet in

length, if the line or leash is held by a human being, who is capable of

controlling or governing the dog or cat in question.

2. When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle.

3. When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not

have access to sidewalk or street.”

While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard while you work or play, it

is against the law, unless the animal is properly restrained. Let’s all help keep our

community a safe and comfortable place for all our residents by being responsible

pet owners. This will not only protect anyone who may be walking or bicycling in

the area, but also the pet owner who could be held legally responsible or possibly

sued for failing to properly restrain their pet. Please carry a bag when walking

dogs and pick up your dog’s bowl movements and keep our community clean.

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THE WEST MEMORIAL CIVIC ASSOCIATION

Management COMPANY High Sierra Management, Inc

Sherri Carey is the Association’s Manager. The Association has a direct

phone number for your convenience. The number is 281-391-7914 and

will direct you to whomever in the management staff you wish to speak

with; manager, administrative staff, accounting and the work order

department. Please allow the property manager, unless of urgent need,

twenty four to forty eight hours to respond to your correspondence.

When contacting the office or speaking with the answering service,

please be sure to give your name, homeowner association, address and

telephone number where the call can be returned. The management

office is located at 722 Pin Oak Road, Katy, Texas 77494 and office hours

are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.

You may also contact your management team by visiting the High

Sierra Management website at www.highsierramanagement.com and

selecting “Online Requests.”

High Sierra Management will be performing the monthly deed restriction

inspections and citing all violations of the governing documents. If

you do not have the rules and regulations, you may download a copy

from www.WestMemorial.org or contact the management company

and request a copy. We are sure you are all eager to help maintain the

property values and exterior appearance of our community and hope

we can count on your continued support in this effort. As a reminder,

West Memorial Civic Association is a deed restricted community and

ALL CHANGES or ADDITIONS TO THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOME must be

approved by the Association prior to any work commencing. Requests for

home improvements can be obtained through management.

The Board of Directors meetings are held monthly in the association

clubhouse (by the pool) on the fourth Tuesday at 7 PM and all

homeowners are welcome to attend. You may also email or call with any

questions or concerns at any time. We thank you all in advance for your

kind cooperation and continued help in making West Memorial a great

place to live!

Respectfully, The West Memorial Civic Association

Board of Directors

WEST MEMORIAL EMAIL ALERT

& NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

West Memorial has a new alert and notification system that works with

email. The alerts are for emergency notifications, security alerts and

messages from our constables. The notifications are for neighborhood

events, meetings and issues.

To be a part of the system, you must request the service. If you are

interested, open our website at www.westmemorial.org and locate the

Sign-Up icon on the right side of the main page. Follow the instructions

and you will receive all future alerts and notifications.

Anyone wishing to send an alert or notification should submit the

message to westmemorial@westmemorial.org for approval, posting and

transmission. Please direct any questions to harry@westmemorial.org.

TRASH SERVICE

WCA (Waste Corp. of America) is your trash collection provider. Each

homeowner/resident is responsible for initiating service and remitting

payment. WCA statements are issued quarterly via US Mail. Trash service

days are Wednesday and Saturday. Please have trash out at curb by 7 AM

each pick up day. Heavy Trash and/or extra bags are picked up on both

pick-up days, Wednesday and Saturday.

RECYCLING IS EVERY SATURDAY: WCA takes great pride in our

recycling program and efforts. Ensuring the best recycle program for

our customers takes time and effort on both sides. Please remove caps,

liquids and food products from inside the containers. Please only use the

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recycle bins for recyclable materials, not as an extra trash container. WCA

will collect papers, plastics, aluminum and tin cans that are placed within

the provided recycling bin. If items exceed container capacity, please

place them adjacent to bin. WCA will provide each current residence

with one recycling bin. WCA will replace any bins that are defective or

otherwise become unusable due to normal wear and tear. Theft, lost or

additional bins can be replaced at $8 each. If you find items left in your

bin that are not recyclable please dispose of these items in your trash

container for the next scheduled pick up.

HOLIDAYS: When regular pick-up falls on a holiday, New Year’s Day,

Memorial Day, July 4 th (Independence Day), Labor Day, Thanksgiving

Day, and Christmas Day, the pick-up will be made on the next regular

scheduled pick-up day. If your recycling day falls on a holiday it will be

picked up the next week on your normal scheduled recycle day.

BILLING : WCA will invoice each individual residence on a quarterly basis. Bills

are due 30 days after receipt. Any residents failing to pay will receive a statement,

have services discontinued and incur a $25 late/reconnect service fee.

CONTACT INFORMATION

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WEST MEMORIAL PARK

Our community park is located at 22415 Kingsland and is open to all West

Memorial residents for outdoor activities. It has playground equipment

and a large sheltered pavilion.

SOLICITING

Soliciting is prohibited in West Memorial Subdivision. Please make sure

you have a sign posted on your residence for no soliciting. If you are

approached by a solicitor, please call the Constable’s office at 281-463-

6666. Continue to call this number if you see suspicious person or vehicles.

WEST MEMORIAL CONSTABLES

Please make sure you call and report any suspicious behavior. Please file a

report for any stolen or missing property we need to know what is going

on in the neighborhood. Our Constables patrol our subdivision 24 hours

a day/seven days a week. Please call them at 281-463-6666 to report any

disturbance or to request vacation patrols.

WEST MEMORIAL WEBSITE

www.westmemorial.org is the address for West Memorial information

on the internet. The web site contains pool information, Board member

contacts and complete documentation of your deed restrictions. It

also contains neighborhood information, including schools, security,

recreation and local worship centers. Check it out, you might find

something you have been looking for.

DEED RESTRICTIONS

The purpose of Deed Restrictions in your neighborhood is to protect

and enhance property values. They set guidelines for initial construction,

perpetual maintenance and property use. As residents agree to abide by

the majority view; the style and standards of a community are established

and everyone benefits. For your information, restrictions are written by the

developer before the first home is constructed and the Association is then

charged with the on-going responsibility of enforcing them. They can be

changed, but a very large percentage vote of homeowners is required to

do so. Please let us know if you see a problem in the neighborhood.

REWARD

West Memorial Civic Association’s Board has approved the following:

A $250 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest

and prosecution of person or persons vandalizing or destroying West

Memorial Civic Association property.

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CLUBHOUSE RENTAL

If you are interested in renting the clubhouse, please call Dannielle

Raper at 281-391-7914. At the time your call is returned, the guidelines

for renting and using the clubhouse will be provided. Be sure you allow

yourself plenty of time to fulfill the requirements, such as hiring security

officers. You will be provided with the names and phone numbers of the

individuals to contact to make the necessary arrangements.

A few, but not all, of the guidelines are listed below:

1. There is no smoking in the clubhouse.

2. Residents must have all dues/assessments paid prior to booking the

clubhouse.

3. A certified check for all rental fees and deposits is required 30 days in

advance.

4. The security deposit will be returned within 30 days after the date of

the event based on the condition the premises was left in.

5. Renter is responsible for the conduct of all attendees.

6. Police Officers are required at all functions of 50 or more attendees or at

any event in which alcohol will be served. Arrangements and payment,

for the officers, are to be made by the renter.

Rental rates are as follows:

Resident $175

Non-resident $525

Security deposit $300

STREET LIGHTS

Your Association pays for streetlights from your annual dues, whether

they work or not. If a light is out in your area, please call 713-207-2222 and

report it. You may also report outages online at www.centerpointenergy.

com/outage. Each light has a number on it. When reporting the out light,

give the pole number and street location. We want all lights to work. A

lighted area is a safer area.

TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the

teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on our website (www.

krenekprinting.com, click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with your

name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate and

the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want

on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send emails

in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you want

to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we will

remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.

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on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out references

if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers

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a difference. Below are 10 tips that will help you protect your computer

and ultimately the information stored on it.

1. Keep your computer updated - In the evolving world of software viruses,

it is essential that computer owners use anti-virus software and keep it upto-date.

Most anti-virus software gives the user the ability to do automatic

updates. Whether individuals choose to update their operating system

software automatically or manually, we recommend making it a continuous

process. It is also important to keep other software on your computer

updated. Software updates often include essential bug fixes and security

features that address existing vulnerabilities. Finally, enable the personal

firewall on your computer. This will help to keep unauthorized people from

snooping around your computer when it’s connected to the Internet.

2. Create strong, secure passwords - There is power in strong

passwords. We recommend passwords that contain at least 8 characters

with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Strong passwords

are less likely to be hacked than very generic passwords. Use creative

pass-phases to avoid having to write down a password. Do not share

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3. Download files legally - Along with the possibility of significant legal

penalties, downloading music and movies from peer-to-peer networks

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can be harmful to your machine. These downloaded files are sometimes

riddled with viruses and spyware.

4. Keep personal information safe - Reduce your risk of identity theft.

Never share your personal information via email, no matter how official

the email looks. Official business that requires personal information

should not happen via unsecured email.

5. Scan email attachments and validate links - In an effort to keep

viruses off your machine, scan all attachments that are sent to you. Viruses

can lurk in emails from friends and family. While you may be fooled about

an email that contains a photo you would like to see from a friend, antivirus

software will know the difference. If you receive a link in an email

from a trusted source, hover over the link using your mouse and look in

the bottom bar of your web browser to reveal the true URL and validate

that the link is legitimate. This will ensure that you know where you are

going on the Internet and whether or not you want to go there.

6. Lock your computer - When leaving your computer unattended,

physically lock it to prevent theft of the machine. We also suggest that

users lock the screen with a password to safeguard data.

7. Log off any public areas - Remember when using a public computer

or network, it is just that…public. Be sure that you completely log off the

site or machine when you are finished using it. Users should be especially

mindful to uncheck boxes that will remember users’ login information

when logging into online services, such as email and bank accounts.

8. Back up important data - We have seen final papers vanish - hard drives

crash and files become corrupt. If you have important information that you

cannot afford to lose, back it up. We recommend that you store this information

securely and even consider storing extra copies at another location.

9. Limit information on social media sites - People will post almost anything

on social media site. For many people, birth dates, anniversaries, addresses,

phone numbers and a lot of other personal information can be found on social

media sites. Protect yourself from identity theft and other scams by limiting

what information you disclose online and who can see that information.

10. Avoid surfing websites that you don’t already know - Browsers are

quickly becoming one of the larger vulnerabilities in computing. Adware

and spyware are written specifically to exploit Internet Explorer and

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MAY IS NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

Many health and heart organizations come together every May to raise

awareness about the causes and effects of stroke. One of their biggest

campaigns is FAST, teaching the world to know the symptoms of stroke

and how to respond quickly to help save a life.

Face - By asking the person to smile you can tell immediately if one side

of the face droops.

Arm - Ask the person to raise both arms. Observe to see if one arm drifts

lower than the other.

Speech - Slurred speech is a symptom of stroke. Ask the person to repeat

a single sentence.

Time - Call 911-Fast. Time may be the difference between life and death

or even partial and full recovery.

National Stroke Awareness Day was proclaimed in 1989 by President

George H. W. Bush. It had been observed for many years before the

proclamation. The Centers for Disease Control, the American Heart

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Garlic Shrimp Scampi

You could make this on National Shrimp Day May 10th!

INGREDIENTS:

1 (8 ounce) package angel hair pasta

1/2 cup butter

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/3 cup white wine

3/4 cup dry bread crumbs

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan

cheese

Buttermilk Biscuits

You could make this on National Buttermilk Biscuits Day May 14th!

DIRECTIONS:Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add angel hair pasta

and return pot to boil. Cook until al dente. Drain well. In a large saucepan, melt

butter, saute garlic until tender, remove garlic and discard. Add shrimp and cook

until colored pink. Stir in white wine. The bread crumbs are used as thickening,

so stir in a little at a time until desired thickness is reached. Serve shrimp over

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1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup lard

2 cups buttermilk

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flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar and baking powder. Cut lard into flour

mixture using a pastry blender until crumbly; stir in buttermilk. Turn mixture

onto a floured surface and knead just a few times to form a moist dough. Roll

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Gardening Tips For May

Warm weather means our gardens and landscapes are

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beautiful and productive:

Flowers: Time to plant summer blooming perennials and

annuals including plumbago, zinnias, angelonia, purslane,

lobularia, sunflowers, yellow bells, pride of Barbados,

duranta and bat-faced cuphea.

Vegetables: May is a great time to plant, from seed or

nursery plants, okra, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, winter

squash, pumpkins, basil, peppers, lima beans, eggplant,

garlic chives and Malabar greens. If you don’t want to

dedicate an area of your yard, consider planting here and

there in your flowerbeds. Edible landscaping is a popular

new trend!

Lawns: Water 1/2 to 1” of irrigation per week. A rain gauge or straight sided container (such as a tuna fish can) will help you know how long

to run your irrigation system to apply 1/2”.

Weeding: Hand pull or hoe weeds while they are still young or better yet, maintain a 3” layer of mulch in all vegetable and flowerbeds to

deter weeds from getting a start.

Pruning: Remove spent blooms on spring and summer annuals to promote new blooms.

Fertilizing: Fertilize flowerbeds and vegetable gardens w/slow release organic fertilizer.

Water: Deep soakings between rain events is better than frequent light sprinkling.

Birds: Spring migration continues until mid-May. Clean bird feeders! Replace water in bird baths to avoid creating mosquito breeding spots.

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Feed the grass. If crabgrass wasn’t a problem, apply Scotts® Turf Builder®

Lawn Food to Northern lawns around the time of the first mowing. This

will give nourishment to plant roots for strong growth. If weeds weren’t

an issue last year on your Southern lawn, feed grass with Scotts® Turf

Builder® Southern Lawn Food to help protect your lawn against heat and

drought. With all lawn fertilizers, follow label directions carefully for best

results and don’t apply additional fertilizer if you’ve recently applied a

weed-and-feed product like one of those mentioned above.

Mow high. Adjust the mower deck to cut grass at the highest possible

setting for your lawn’s type of grass. Tall grass sinks deeper roots (which

can seek out moisture) and crowds out weeds. Most turf types thrive

with a 3- to 4-inch blade height, which usually corresponds to a mower’s

highest setting. Choose a middle setting for Zoysia grass and Centipede

grass and the lowest setting for Bermuda grass and creeping bentgrass.

The rule of thumb for mowing is to remove only one-third of the total

grass blade length at a time.

SPRING LAWN CARE TIPS

Tackling spring lawn care provides a just-right dose of fresh air, sunshine

and exercise and sets your lawn on its way to season-long glory. Spring

lawn chores aren’t difficult, but they do play a vital role in getting your

grass on track for a healthy, productive growing season.

Early spring

Tune up your mower. Change the oil, air filter and spark plug. Clean the

top and undercarriage, removing dirt and grass clippings-just be sure

to detach the spark plug wire before working around the cutting blade.

Don’t flip a gas mower over to clean underneath; simply lift one side and

brush away dried grass. If dried grass has hardened, loosen with a hand

trowel or putty knife. Sharpen the mower blade and replace it if it has

large nicks or gouges. It’s a good idea to keep an extra blade on hand

so you always cut with a sharp edge. Last but not least, fill the fuel tank.

If you prefer a hands-off approach, take your mower to the shop, though

you will want to do it in late fall or winter to avoid spring crowds. Note,

too, that a cold mower can be hard to start in early spring. Warm it up by

placing it in the sun for an hour or two prior to starting. Enhance warming

by placing a dark trash bag over the engine while it’s soaking up some

rays. (Remove the bag before you start the mower, though!)

Clean up. Walk over your lawn and gather any twigs, branches or other

debris that has appeared over winter. Dispose of trash and add small

twigs and leaves to your compost pile. Then, rake out dead grass. It can

also go on the compost pile, unless it contains weeds.

Repair bare spots in Northern lawns. Fix bare patches in cool-season

turf using Scotts® EZ Seed®. Water newly seeded areas daily for at least

a week, but ideally until grass reaches mow-able height. Avoid mowing

until grass is at least 2 inches tall or the same height as surrounding lawn.

(Wait until late spring for Southern lawns.)

Prevent weeds in the North. For Northern lawns where crabgrass has

been a problem in the past, apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Halts Crabgrass

Preventer with Lawn Food* in early spring. Follow label directions and

only use this product if no spring seeding projects are planned.

Kill weeds in the South. For weedy Southern lawns, fertilize with Scotts®

Turf Builder® Bonus® S Southern Weed & Feed, which kills dollarweed and

clover, plus many other weeds commonly found in the South. If you also

have issues with fire ants, though, apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Southern

Triple Action instead. In addition to feeding your lawn and killing

stubborn weeds, it prevents and kills fire ants for up to 6 months. With

both products, be sure to read and follow the directions on the label.

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Edge beds. In early spring, soft soil makes edging beds a cinch. Using a

sharp garden spade or half-moon edger, cut a 2- to 3-inch deep, V-shaped

trench along beds to keep grass out. Maintain this edge with a string

trimmer throughout the growing season, recutting only as needed. If

you’re refreshing existing trench edges in spring by digging out soil or

mulch that has filled the trench, toss weed-free material onto planting

beds as mulch or add it to your compost pile.

Apply mulch. Wait until soil has warmed to refresh mulch for the

growing season. Shredded mulch provides a polished finish to planting

beds, which you’ll get when you use any variety of Scotts mulch. Scotts

mulches provide vibrant year-long color and help prevent weed growth

by blocking access to the sun. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer around (but not on

top of) your plants.

Late spring:

Repair bare spots in Southern lawns. Use Scotts® EZ Seed® to seed bare

patches in warm-season turf. Until it becomes high enough to mow (at

least 2 inches tall), water newly seeded areas daily. Begin to mow when

the new grass reaches the height of the surrounding lawn.

Overseed. Thicken a thin lawn by overseeding. If you have a cool-season

grass type (Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fine fescue or tall

fescue) use Scotts® Turf Builder® Thick’R Lawn, which combines grass

seed, fertilizer and a soil improver into an easy-to-use product you apply

with a spreader. If you have a warm-season grass type (bermuda, zoysia,

centipede or bahia) use the appropriate Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed

product for your grass type and get your grass off to its best start by using

Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food for New Grass. Water newly seeded

areas daily for at least the first 2 weeks.

Wipe out dandelions. Kill these pesky weeds with Scotts® Turf Builder®

Weed & Feed3, which is guaranteed to clear out dandelions and clover-all

while feeding your grass to build strong roots. However, if you live in the

North and didn’t apply crabgrass preventer in early spring, use Scotts®

Turf Builder® Triple Action* instead. You’ll still be killing dandelions (and

other listed weeds) while feeding the lawn, but this 3-in-1 product also

prevents future weeds like crabgrass.

Go after grubs. Late spring is the time that hibernating grubs in the lawn

begin to crawl toward the surface to chew grass roots, before turning into

beetles and flying off to find mates. It’s also a great time to apply Scotts®

GrubEx®to deal with the resulting new grubs that will hatch in coming

weeks. Definitely treat for grubs if you had a problem last year or know

that a neighbor is having a problem with grubs.

*don’t apply to newly seeded areas until after the 4 th mowing; wait 4

months to plants seeds after applying.

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