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Posted on Apr 21, 2016 Comments (0)
It is not too late to direct sow seeds of sunflower, zinnia, morning glory, portulaca, marigold, cosmos, periwinkles, and gourds. Achimenes, cannas, dahlias, and other summer-flowering bulbs can also be planted in May.
Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to mature and yellow before removing.
Pinch back the terminal growth on newly planted annual and perennial plants. This will result in shorter, more compact, well branched plants with more flowers.
May is a good time to plant caladium tubers, impatiens, coleus, begonias, and pentas in shady areas.
Replace or replenish mulch materials in flower beds and shrub borders to conserve moisture and reduce weed growth.
Make cuttings of your favorite chrysanthemums and root them in a mixture of sand and peat moss. Cover cutting box with plastic and place in shaded area for 5 or 6 days to prevent wilting.
Prune climbing roses as they complete their spring bloom season. Remove dead or weak wood as needed.
Take a critical look at your landscape while at the height of summer development. Make notes of how you think it can be better arranged, plants that need replacement, overgrown plants that need to be removed, and possible activity areas that can be enjoyed by family members.
Check for insects and diseases. Destroy badly infested plants. Spider mites can be especially troublesome at this time. Select a chemical or organic control, or use insecticidal soap.
During the summer, soil moisture becomes extremely important and essential for good plant production. Because continual watering is oftentimes costly and time consuming, it pays to conserve the moisture around plants. This is best done by mulching. A good mulch will retain valuable moisture needed for plant growth, and improve overall gardening success. Mulches are usually applied 2 to 6 inches deep, depending on the material used. In general, the coarser the material, the deeper the mulch. For example, a 2-inch layer of cottonseed hulls will have about the same mulching effect as 6 inches of oat straw or 4 inches of coastal Bermuda hay.
from the Collin County Master Gardeners website:
Posted on Apr 21, 2016 Comments (0)
The North Central Texas Council of Governments is soliciting public input on regional transportation decisions. Information is posted online at www.nctcog.org/input for public review and comment through May 10, 2016.
To request printed copies of the information, call 817.608.2335 or email jstout@nctcog.org. Comments are due by 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2016.
Stay involved! Be proactive.
from City of Allen website (www.cityofallen.org)
Posted on Apr 21, 2016 Comments (0)
Join the Allen-Fairview Chamber of Commerce for spicy snacks and visit with board members to learn about opportunities for involvement with the Friends of the Allen Public Library. We offer special projects, committees, opportunities to meet authors/illustrators/musicians and much more! Also on the menu....sublime liquid chocolate!
TONIGHT:   7:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Allen Public Library
See today's StarCreek Press for more details in the ALLen Reads article.
Posted on Jan 17, 2011 Comments (0)
If you find that a streetlight in StarCreek doesn't come on when it gets dark, contact the City of Allen at LightOut@cityofallen.org. Describe the problem and the location of the streetlight. Keep in mind that streetlights that stay on during the day should also be reported because of unnecessary energy consumption. In either case, the city will route the request to a contractor who replaces the bulbs or makes a repair. A response takes about one week after notification. You can also call the City of Allen, 214-509-4576.
If streetlight fixture is broken or the spotlights on neighborhood entry signs are out, contact StarCreek property manager Dustin Robinson at drobinson@cmamanagement.com.
Posted on Jul 14, 2009 Comments (1)
Looking for a babysitter, need to have some alterations done, wanna buy a used car? Do you have a sofa for sale or a child who wants to advertise his summer pet sitting business? Look no further than StarCreek's own Classified Ads. This is a free service available only to registered StarCreek residents. Unlike the message board, you can add photos. Check it out!

Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 - 6:00 P.M. at Clubhouse and Pavilion
Join other StarCreek families in welcoming in the season. The pool will be open! Contact Katie Weibust through the Resident Directory for details or to volunteer.
Friday, May 13, 2016 to Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Neighborhood Streets
It's time for spring cleaning and getting rid of old and unneeded items in your home. Sell, sell, sell. Contact Jennifer Mesquita through the Resident Directory. Start making your plans now!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6-8 p.m. at Clubhouse
Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. Join the Board, CMA and other residents for an update on issues of interest and progress made in 2015 as well as to hear the plans for this year. New Board members will be elected at this meeting as well. We hope to see you there.

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