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We have a winner for Yard of the Month! Taking top prize for November are Michael and Tracey Patnesky of 8508 Bluebill. Coming in a close second was Paul and Marie Stowers of 2505 Coxindale and Jonathan and Gina Kinlaw of 2905 Funster finished third. As the neighborhood steadily improves in appearance, it is getting more and more difficult to pick a winner. Said panelist Bill Pappas, “you could have a had a couple on Bluebill alone!”
So we are happy to announce the second and third place finishers and commend the neighborhood overall as well.
Judging was based on five criteria: a healthy green lawn, properly pruned trees and shrubs, mulched and weed-free beds, seasonal color in flowers and foliage and a clean, clutter-free general appearance.
Thank you to our judging panel — Jennifer Magee, Bill Pappas and Mimi Raub and congratulations to the Patnesky household for a job well done.
Yard of the Month for October is awarded to Phillip and Kimberly Button of 8512 Wheeling. The cobwebs and tombstones were a clear sign that the whole family was in the ‘spirit’ of the season.
Second up for October is Cindy Perry of 8308 Yucca Trail and Thomas Warner of 2912 Coxindale placed third.
Congratulations to the homeowners and thanks to Jen Magee and Bill Pappas who served on the judging panel.
Yard of the Month for September is awarded to Rodney, Charles and Robin Markham of 2640 Iman Drive. The rich green lawn is punctuated with vibrant seasonal color along the walkway. Being a corner lot, there’s a lot more frontage to take care of. But the Markhams have done it in style, finishing in the top three for the last two months.
Tied for second place are Carey Bitterfield of 8524 Yucca and David and Joan Summers of 2608 Meadow Star.
For October we’ll change things up a bit and award Yard of the Month to the home with the best Halloween decorations. So have fun and get it the “spirit”.
Congratulations to the homeowners and thanks to Jen Magee (also for the Halloween suggestion) and Mimi Raub who served on the judging panel.
Yard of the Month for August is awarded to Sandra Yarnall of 8613 Averell. The green lawn, manicured shrubs and colorful flowers show that this homeowner takes pride in her yard’s appearance. The judges have noted how consistent effort can make a fescue lawn look good even this time of year. Sandra has finished in the top three for the last three months.
Runner up for August and and a new contender for Yard of the Month is the Markham residence of 2640 Iman Drive. Despite the summer’s heat, the Markham’s lawn looks great. Finishing third and a consistent top three finisher is Carey Bitterfield of 8524 Yucca Trail.
For tips on how to get your lawn looking great, check out the post “Time to Renovate”. Our recent rain cycle makes this the perfect time to aerate and overseed.
Congratulations to the homeowners and thanks to Bill Pappas and Mimi Raub who assisted me on the judging panel.
September 15, 2011- 7:30 PM
Alyson Pond Clubhouse
The Architectural Committee will conduct an open meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2011 to review two proposals to bring to the Board at its next scheduled meeting. The first topic will deal with proposed changes to the Association Architectural Guidelines. The second topic will be to focus on areas to be incorporated in a revised Master Plan and the development of the plan.
. I. Welcome – Call Meeting to Order 7:30
II. Architectural Guidelines (Martin) 7:35
. A. Increase of Scope
. B. Change of Format
. C. Content Changes
III. Master Plan 8:30
. A. Review of Current Plan
. B. Review of Reserves
. C. Feedback from Last Meeting
. D. Recommendation of Items to include
. E. Next Step for Plan Development
IV. Adjourn 9:30
Are you ready to throw up your hands in disgust over the look of your lawn? Well, me too. Even with irrigation my fescue lawn looks like toast. Well, actually, not all the lawn–the parts that get shade from the house or trees actually look pretty good. But the turf that’s in full sun looks like straw.
What to do? Well now is the time to renovate. And you have two choices:
- FIGHT – roundup, dethatch, aerate, fertilize and seed with fescue
- SWITCH – cut out the ragged remains of your lawn and install zoysia or bermuda sod
Did you decide instead to switch? Now is the time for that too. With warm season grasses you will have a luxuriant lawn in the summer (but it will be dormant in winter). You will need to use sod. I recommend Zeon Zoysia or one of the hybrid bermuda grasses. I have had trouble with winter die-off with centipede and St. Augustine in our test plots, so stay away from those. The cost for full yard replacement will run about 10 times that off reseeding. You can save about half by doing it yourself, but its a lot off work. Here’s what you need to do:
Managing Landscape Turf under Heat and Drought Conditions
Jul 29, 2011
The US Drought Monitor of North Carolina (http://www.ncdrought.org/)currently has approximately two-thirds of the entire state in some level of drought. The southeastern part of the state is currently under extreme drought. Worsening the problem is the above average temperatures. High temperatures cause cool-season grasses like tall fescue to photorespire. This results in a heavy energy toll on the plant. Heat alone is generally not problematic with warm-season turfgrasses unless there is low soil moisture.
There are two current issues to consider: irrigation to maintain your current grass and renovation of cool-season turf areas this fall. Depending on your irrigation capacity and current level of irrigation restrictions you caneither irrigate to maintain growth and green color or irrigate for turfsurvival, allowing the turfgrass to go semi-dormant to dormant. Turf survival under drought conditions is affected by turfspecies, turf age,rooting depth, soil type, shade, maintenance, traffic, heat, etc.
Commonrecommendations indicate that turf this time of year needs approximately 1 inch of water per week from irrigation or rainfall. Thisis an approximate amount to irrigate if you want to keep the turf greenand growing. Set your controller to water between 10:00 pm and 8:00 am to improve efficiency. If you pull water from a city water system and have low water pressure, it is typically better to water at night ratherthan early morning when the water demand is high. Check your irrigationsystem for evenness of distribution and put out a few catch containers to verify the application rate (amount). You can fine tune the application by not watering again until you see turf turning bluish-grayin the heat of the day. If you are under water restrictions, then you may need to hand water those areas that show visual signs of heat and moisture stress until your next allowed irrigation.
If you decide to minimally water, then use ½ inch of water every two to four weeks to keep the turf crowns hydrated. This amount will not turn the turf green, but it will increase its chance of survival. Avoid herbicides and fertilizers until rains resume. Also, keep vehicle traffic (e.g., riding mowers) off the turf when it is under severe drought stress.
If you have not irrigated nor received any rainfall in months, the turf stand will likely be severely thinned this fall. The normal time for fall renovation of tall fescue or tall fescue/Kentucky bluegrass lawns in most of NC is early September. So, ifyour yard is currently thinned due to drought stress, the period of time to begin renovation is just several weeks away. Hopefully by then we will be back in a more normal rainfall pattern and a fall renovation will have your landscape looking as good as new.
If you have a warm-season grass such as zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, centipedegrass, or St. Augustinegrass, they will generally be able to handle dry conditionsbetter in terms of survival, but they may still be severely damaged from chronic drought. The time to renovate warm-season grasses is normally in spring/summer. Once temperatures begin to subside, you may see some recovery this fall. Note that warm-season grass sod can be installed in fall, although it may be more susceptible to winterkill.
Yard of the Month for July is awarded to Patricia Conroy of 2701 Iman Drive. The manicured shrubs and rich green lawn show that this owner takes pride in her yard’s appearance. The judges have noted how good a Bermuda lawn looks this time of year as Patricia has finished in the top three for the last four months.
Runner up for July and second place for two months in a row is Sandra Yarnall of 8613 Averell. Despite the heat, Sandra’s fescue lawn looks great. Finishing third and new to the top three is Carey Bitterfield of 8524 Yucca Trail.
For tips on how to get your lawn looking great, check out the post “Time to Renovate”.
Congratulations to the homeowners and thanks to Jen Magee, Bill Pappas and Mimi Raub who served on the judging panel.