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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
Constables Office 281-463-6666
Harris County Precinct 3 713-755-6306
HCE SD FIRE DEPT. 48 281-599-8888
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
Poison Control Center 800-764-7661
Animal Control 281-999-3191
Memorial Hermann Katy Hosp. 281-644-7000
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722 Pin Oak Road, Katy, TX 77494 ª 281-391-7914
Texas Children’s Hospital West 832-227-1000
Children’s Protective Svs. 713-394-4000
Harris Co. Public Health & Environment 713-439-6000
Comcast Cable 713-341-1000
Reliant Energy 713-207-7777
Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222
West Memorial MUD 281-392-2290
WCA (trash pick-up service) 281-368-8397
West Memorial Civic Association, Inc.
Board of Director Assignments 2019-2020
PARK HOURS: 8 AM - Dusk, 7 days a week
TRASH PICK UP: Wednesday & Saturday
WEST MEMORIAL BOARD MEETINGS ARE
THE 4TH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 7
PM AT THE CIVIC CENTER
SWIM TEAM WEBSITE
OFFICERS DIRECTORS EMAIL LIAISON FOR
President Pat Leo email@example.com Constable Patrol
Vice President Jerry Wells firstname.lastname@example.org Deed Restrictions/ACC
Secretary Pauline Edwards email@example.com Website/Communications
Treasurer Pat Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter
Director Lindy Rajput email@example.com Community Events/Committees
Director Harry Woodstrom firstname.lastname@example.org Landscape/ Website/Communications
Director Anna Khan email@example.com Park and Playgrounds
High Sierra Management
High Sierra Management
Clubhouse and Clubhouse Rental
Waste Collection/Pest Control/General Maint
INFORMATION ON BUSINESS ADS: firstname.lastname@example.org
NON-PROFIT ARTICLE REQUESTS: email@example.com
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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
website for specific information: https://wmst.swimtopia.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are seeking volunteers for several upcoming projects. More
homeowner participation would be appreciated Please email
email@example.com for more information or questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for approval, posting and
transmission. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
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
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.
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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 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.
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.
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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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
3. A certified check for all rental fees and deposits is required 30 days in
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:
Security deposit $300
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.
Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed
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
from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for
any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and
the teens and their parents.
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Today, we are more
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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
your passwords with anyone.
3. Download files legally - Along with the possibility of significant legal
penalties, downloading music and movies from peer-to-peer networks
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
Firefox. So try and stick with the websites you trust.
While these steps are not foolproof, they will go a long way towards
extending the life of your machine and protecting the valuable
information contained on it. Article by Julie Myers.
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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
Association, World Stroke Campaign and many other have all participated
in bringing education, research and treatment on a global basis.
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GOING STIR-CRAZY? A FEW IDEAS TO HELP
MAKE A SCHEDULE: Whether it’s a new one every day or general routine
to follow, it always helps us pass the time having a list of what’s on tap
for the day.
FACETIME YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS: A way to stay sane and feel like
you’re still in touch with your loved ones without any actual face time.
ORGANIZE DRAWERS, CABINETS AND CLOSETS: Now is the time to get
to all those projects you never have time for!
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BAKE WITH YOUR KIDS: Always a nice way to spend quality time with
the kids and everyone has a treat at the end.
EXERCISE OR DO YOGA: Good for the mind and the body.
DO A PUZZLE: There’s something about doing a puzzle that feels so cozy
if you’re trapped inside.
EXTRA LONG BATHTIMES:A long soak, a good book and a nice glass of
wine is a nice destress for mom (or dad). Kids can enjoy playing in the tub
with water toys, bubble or soap crayons.
HAVE A BACKYARD PICNIC:eating outside on a blanket is something
fun to change up the routine!
DO CRAFTS: You can make crafts with just about anything and your
imagination. Got rocks in the backyard? Paint them with the kids. Old
cardboard box? Color it like a castle, turn it into a puppet stage or
anything you can imagine it to be.
MAKE A MUSIC JAR: Place types of music or certain music groups on
slips of paper, then pick on out each day for your listening pleasure.
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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
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and return pot to boil. Cook until al dente. Drain well. In a large saucepan, melt
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Gardening Tips For May
Warm weather means our gardens and landscapes are
growing fast. Here are some tasks to keep your landscape
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
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.
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.
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.
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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1. Empty, remove, cover or turn upside down any receptacle that would
hold water - particularly old bottles and tin cans.
2. Change water and scrub vases holding flowers or cuttings twice each
week - or grow cutting in sand.
3. Discard old tires or store them indoors.
4. Screen rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns. Seal
cisterns not in actual use.
5. Repair leaky plumbing and outside faucets. They may cause standing
6. Connect open waste-water drains to a sewage system or construct
separate sump or leach.
7. Clean clogged roof gutters and drain flat roofs.
8. Fill holes in trees with sand or mortar or drain or spray then, as required.
9. Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito-eating fish.
10. Fix or replace screens for doors and windows.
Mosquitoes develop only in water…and water standing just a few days
can produce a crop of mosquitoes! STOP MOSQUITO DEVELOPMENT.
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