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Extreme summer heat is early this year.  Here it is the end of June/first of July and it feels like August.  We must irrigate our yards regularly to maintain healthy plants, lawns, and trees.  The occasional thunderstorm will supply pure water (no chlorine) and free nitrogen (fertilizer).

Keith Anderson, owner of Horizon Landscaping, commented that in the 28 years he’s been in business this has been the most difficult year to find experienced crew members.  A major problem has been the delayed arrival (due to COVID-19) of 16 longtime visa crew members who are scheduled to work every year from February to November.  All are expected to clear U.S. Customs and be working by July 1. Their arrival will help stabilize Horizon’s work crews. The "detail crew" (Juan and Jose)  are tasked with trimming our front yard shrubs, and they are scheduled to be here every Monday.  To have your front yard shrubs trimmed, call the Clubhouse and ask that a work order be issued.  The crew will consult with the homeowners, if available, to trim according to their wishes.  Additionally, Paul Uhr is the irrigation specialist, and he is scheduled to be here every Monday to take care of our irrigations needs.  If you have an irrigation issue, call the Clubhouse and request that a work order  be issued. 

The Landscape Committee met on Monday, June 21.  A key part of the meeting was the subcommittee’s report on Clubhouse landscaping.  Resident Larry Dio owned a nursery for approximately 30 years, and he developed a landscape plan for the Clubhouse.  After many meetings with Larry, the subcommittee approved his concept and requested a quote from Horizon for the cost of plants, materials, and installation.  They provided to the full Landscape Committee a detailed proposal which included design, plants, and the bid price of $9,760.  After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to unanimously approve the proposal.  A recommendation was made to the Board to approve the bid and start installation of the plants as soon as possible.  Depending on the availability of plants and landscaping crew, everything will be complete by the first part of July.  Larry will oversee the installation.

Once a year, our HOA has trees trimmed in front yards to the following specifications: approximately 8 feet above the driveway and front yard walkways, and approximately 5 feet above the roof.  This allows for growth over the year.  Normally this is done in February when tree growth has stopped.  The last job Town Center did at the end of their contract (December) was tree trimming.  However, it appears some trees were not trimmed as we are finding an increased number of houses with overgrown limbs.  

Additionally, there are low-hanging branches over many streets.  While these branches are the responsibility of the homeowner, they never seem to get trimmed. Therefore, the Landscape Committee will prepare two different detailed maps, one of the houses that have branches that need trimming, and another of houses that have branches that hang low over the street with their locations.  We hope to get up to five licensed and bonded tree companies to bid on a tree trimming contract.  If we receive an acceptable bid, it will be submitted to the HOA Board for approval.

Chinch Bugs Are Back
It’s that time of year when chinch bugs attack lawns, creating areas of dead grass.  Damaged areas appear as brown patches that expand as the bugs move to feed on more grass.  On the other hand, brown areas that need water may show some green color of grass or weeds in the dry areas.

The small bugs can be detected by using a coffee can with both ends cut out.  In three or four different areas, push the can two or three inches into the soil at the edge of the damaged area.  Fill the can with soapy water above the grass level.  Any chinch bugs that are present will float to the water surface in five minutes.

Eliminate bugs by (1) applying a mixture of insecticidal soap and water to the affected area, or (2) applying an insecticide formulated to kill chinch bugs.  The soapy water will drive chinch bugs up in the grass where birds can feast on the bugs.  Removing the dead thatch exposes chinch bugs to birds and insects.  A lawn treatment company 

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile
The above was the headline for an article on the first page of the Tuesday, June 22, Conroe Courier.  Unfortunately, we find the same headline every year at this time.  Montgomery County's mosquito abatement program is controlled by the office of Commissioner, Precinct 3, and the staff has been spraying affected areas. So far this year, affected mosquitoes have been found in zip codes 77380 and 77382.  The peak of the season is August and September.

Here is an excerpt from an article that appeared in last year's July newsletter: "The disease's prevalence varies from year to year and is based on many factors, which makes predicting the presence of the disease difficult for any given year. Ongoing monitoring is critical for assessing the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses. The greater the incidence of WNV in local mosquitoes, the greater the risk of contracting the disease from a mosquito bite. To help eliminate mosquitoes, do away with or treat standing water in containers, pots, rain barrels, gutters, birdbaths, water gardens, fish habitats, swimming pools, etc.  A mosquito dunk can kill mosquitoes and mosquito larvae (before they are old enough to bite) if laid in standing water for up to 30 days.  They can be used whole in large water sources and/or broken into smaller pieces and placed in smaller containers. The dunks do not harm birds, fish, animals, etc. The packaging has instructions for using the dunks."

If you have questions, send an email to or call the mosquito phone line at 281.364.4203.  Please do your part to eliminate these dangerous pests from your yard.  

Windsor Hills,
Oct 12, 2020, 9:03 AM