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Controling Weeds

Controling Weeds

We are a Covenants neighborhood and therefore we have the responsibility to rid our yard of weeds.  There is also a city ordinance regarding weed control.  You may do it yourself or hire one of the many local companies that provide this service.

The reason for this is to keep our neighborhood looking nice and maintain our property values.  When someone doesn’t pull or spray the weeds in their yard,  it starts effecting the surrounding neighbors’ yards.  Not a good thing and it’s not being a good neighbor to others.

If you can’t afford to pay someone else for weed control, then do it yourself.  Weeds are much easier to pull up after it rains.

If you neglect weed control and lawn care,  someone may call the City of Moore and they will mow them down and send you a bill.

Early March is the time to apply a pre-emergent weed control.  It will help control bluegrass, crabgrass, dandelions, henbit, chickweed and clover.  This is just the first step in weed control.

The next step involves applying a fertilizer (late spring) to promote a healthy growth of grass.  Healthy Bermuda grass also helps to choke out weeds.  Healthy grass needs to be watered regularly.

In the photo above,  some companies apply a dye to the pre-emergent.  The chemicals often come that way and the lawn service company may  not have a choice.  The dye doesn’t help with weed control, it simply shows what has been sprayed and what hasn’t.

Good luck with controlling your weeds, your neighborhood will appreciate your efforts!

Free Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Moore Oklahoma Fire Station

Locke Supply has made a generous one time donation of Carbon Monoxide Detectors.  They are available to the City of Moore residents at no cost and can be picked up at any of the Moore Fire Stations.  (While Supply Lasts).

The closest station to Bluestem Ridge is the new station behind Home Depot on Fritz Blvd.  (photo above)  They will ask you what kind of gas appliance  or mechanical that you have.  Thank you Locke Supply!



Saving Your Blue Stem Ridge Landscaping


Hello Neighbors,
With the very high temperatures we’ve been experiencing, it takes a little planning to make sure your Blue Stem plantings and lawn will survive when you are away for a week or more on vacation.  See this article by Red Dirt Gardening for survival tips.

Hopefully the Board of Directors are watching the entrances’ sprinkler system closely as quite a few of our plantings and trees are showing great stress due to a lack of water.  Today’s rain may have helped temporarily but the heat wave will evaporate the moisture before long.    Be a good neighbor and keep a watch.

Blue Stem Ridge, Our Little Piece of Planet Earth

What can Blue Stem Ridge do to take care of our little piece of planet earth?
According to the National Gardening Association (NGA), an estimated record  91 million households participated in one or more types of DIY indoor and outdoor lawn and garden activities in 2005.

In 2006, homeowners spent a record $44.7 billion to hire professional lawn and landscape services. Taken together, these figures represent a dramatic increase in gardening interest and expenditures.

Where is this growth coming from?   According to many publishers, authors and educators, is young people.  “In a world going green, the under-35s have taken it upon themselves to make positive use of their natural surroundings.”

Pam Art, president of Storey Publishing, believes that two factors are responsible for the surge of young gardeners: a heightened awareness of green issues and an interest in preserving natural resources—and the ability to do it in one’s own backyard.

With an ecological crisis looming, Cool Springs publisher Roger Waynick sees young people turning to gardening as a means of “nurturing the planet back to health.” Each individual gardener, he says, believes he or she is “taking care of their little piece of earth.”

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