Tucker Hill News

Keeping Shrubs Healthy in Summer Heat!

August 15, 2013

Here are three simple steps to help keep your shrubs healthy in this extreme summer heat. 1.) PRUNE: Dead and dying foliage generates additional heat and takes nutrients from the plant and moisture from the soil. 2.) H2O: Do not let plants dry out. A steady supply of water keeps the soil moist (not soaking)

From Cockleburs to Velcro

July 24, 2013

Hats off to George de Mestral for looking so closely at the hooks and loops of the Xanthium (or one of its relatives!) and being inspired to make a fastener that rivals the zipper.  You never know what you are going to learn from a gardener, but you always know it is going to be

What’s Blooming at Tucker Hill Today? Welcoming Porches!

July 8, 2013

rom the main entrance of the community to the front porches of the residents, you are welcomed with blooming plants in containers of all shapes and sizes. From the humble 12 inch pots that line steps leading to a wrap-around porch, to the terra cotta containers at the pool that a family of four could

Understanding McKinney’s Landscape Watering Plan

June 16, 2013

Summer is in full swing and so is the time to be responsible when watering our landscapes.  Beginning June 1, 2013, the City of McKinney implemented the following guidelines:   Landscape watering with an irrigation system is allowed one day a week if needed, and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. You can water on your

What’s Blooming at Tucker Hill

June 4, 2013

Preparations for “Courtyards, Concerts and Cars” are almost done.  The six gardens on this inaugural tour are all wonderful. Residents have taken their courtyard spaces from very nice to spectacular in the past few weeks.  All their hard work is so appreciated.  I hope the turn out on Saturday makes it worth their while.  I

The Tucker Hill Community Garden Today

April 18, 2013

It is my pleasure to report the plants at the community garden are looking good today. Threat of a possible overnight freeze brought out the cotton sheets and burlap! Well played plotters. Well played. A thin cotton sheet is the perfect thing to use to protect tender spring plantings from a frost.  It is enough

Catch The Lady If You Can

April 11, 2013

      If you haven’t had a chance to visit Tucker Hill recently, now is the time to see the Lady Banks Roses in all their glory.  Yellow Lady Banks (R. banksiae luteaplena) lacks thorns and much fragrance but produces an overabundance of yellow flowers each spring. It is a species rose, not a

Spring Has Arrived!

April 7, 2013

Everyone at Tucker Hill is anxious to get their yard and flower beds spruced up.  With the greening of the grass and planting of spring blooms, we happily exclaim “winter is gone; spring has arrived!”  Many residents are calling on our horticulture team for advice and services and many others are out enjoying the process

Everybody Loves Petunias!

March 24, 2013

Native to Argentina, the Latin name is the same as common name, Petunia. That is where the keeping it simple ends.  Today’s petunias are hybrids developed for specific design purposes. Most are grown from seed, but some are from cuttings. At first glance, you might think the 100,000 petunias planted at Tucker Hill all look

Collin County Master Gardener Show This Weekend!

March 21, 2013

Join Tucker Hill’s own Flower Lady and Master Gardener, Denise Meier, at this weekend’s indoor event packed with exciting and informative educational events with hands-on activities and demos from local experts. Speakers will present timely information on outdoor living in North Texas. Bring your wagons and carts to fill with your purchases! Presentations for Homeowners •