Garden Club

flowers in a garden

The River Place Garden Club is an active organization dedicated to “sharing the love of gardening throughout the community”.  The group meets monthly, and aims through its offerings of programs and speakers to provide education in the areas of horticulture, landscape design, and conservation of native plants and trees.  The group is also dedicated to encouraging community beautification projects.

Membership in the Garden Club is open to all River Place residents. Dues are $20 per year for individuals and $30 for families. If you are interested in joining the group or if you have any suggestions for community projects, questions or concerns, please contact Angela Plunkett at (512) 537-2250 or email her at RiverPlaceGarden@gmail.com. Guests and non-members are welcome to attend two meetings.

2012 – 2013 Officers:

President: Angela Plunkett
Vice President: Kristine Allen
Secretary: Randi Simmons
Treasurer: Ivar Rachkind

Garden Club Community Project Updates:

  • The 2008-2009 installation of park benches and native plant gardens at the River Place Blvd. and Big View locations have been completed and the area spruced up for the laying of dedication stones by the Garden Club in the coming weeks.
  • The Garden Club’s volunteer partnership with the River Place Elementary School’s PTA Titan Garden Club Committee contineus throughout the winter months.  Classes are continuing to monitor the progress of the raised garden beds and plant spring bulbs with the help of their River Place “Garden Buddies”.
  • The Club will be working on a proposal to form a committee to explore the feasibility of installing plantings along the concrete fences which face River Place Blvd. in an effort to beautify the entry into the “original” River Place.

The Garden Club members at River Place are as proud of their community as they are of their lawns and gardens. The intent of this web page is to serve as an information guide on how to maintain a healthy and beautifully landscaped yard.We’ve provided lawn and garden care tips, some outstanding external links, and pictures of River Place homes whose beautiful lawns and gardens are worth a special look.

Fire Ants are a problem in River Place. Click here to learn more about those bugs.

Seasonal Tips

Trees in Shock

Treat tenuous thirsty tired tender trees to a thoroughly tasty treat.
Please take a look at your trees and see if they have yellowed or have lost their leaves. This is a sure sign that they need watering and will die if they don’t get it. Soak the outside of the tree and then place your garden hose directly at the base of the tree until the ground is saturated. Do this once a week until the rainfall returns and provides at least 2 inches of water. Your trees with thank you.

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Weed Control

Here’s a great tip for controlling weeds. The easiest way to get rid of pesky, unwanted, weeds and other irritation is to divorce your spouse. Just kidding of course! Corn gluten meal, a byproduct of cornstarch, will keep crabgrass, dandelion, annual bluegrass, chickweed, and other weed seeds from germinating if you spread it on your lawn in spring and fall. It is completely safe around kids and pets. Available commercially as WeedzStop from Gardener’s Supply Company (1-800-863-1700) or purchase Concern Weed Prevention Plus at home and garden centers. Recommended application rate is 20 lbs per 1,000 square feet. Earthworms love it and it doesn’t harm the ecosystem!

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Summer Lawn Care

Hold back on lawn fertilizing during the summer months. The lawn clippings left in the turf will feed the turf. Extra nitrogen can result in rapid growth and the need for extra water to keep the grass going. When watering the lawn give the grass a good soaking every week or so and then allow it to dry out between watering. This will help build a deep, extensive root system.

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Dusting Your Plants

Remove dust from plants with a strong spray of water from the hose in the early morning hours. Dusty plants are common during the summer monsoon season because of blowing winds. Spider mites thrive in dusty conditions, so keeping plants clean is the easiest way to keep these pests at bay.

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Prune Your Roses

Now is the time to prune your roses and add a slow release fertilizer. For specific information go to:
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/web.html

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Pruning Shrubs and Trees

Please consult an arborist for pruning trees.

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Planting Wildflowers

Now is a good time to plant your bluebonnets and other wildflowers. For some great tips go to: http://www.plantanswers.com

Our Master Gardeners recommend these sites for more in-depth gardening information:

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Yard of the Month – Pride of River Place

Throughout the year, the Garden Club selects a yard each month designated as the Yard of the Month.