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Earth Day 2015

Earth Day 2015The VoSE Landscape & Social Committees are teaming up with the City of Frisco to participate in the annual Clean It and Green It Day, in honor of Earth Day!

WHEN: Saturday, April 25th 9:00-11:00am
WHERE: Meet at pool parking lot

PRE-REGISTER TODAY IN ORDER TO BE GUARANTEED A FREE,LIMITED EDITION CLEAN IT AND GREEN IT T-SHIRT!

Activities include:

Scavenger Hunt with prizes for Kids
Trash pick-up for kids and adults
Door hanger distribution for Frisco’s WaterWise Department
A beverage and snack will be provided!

To register, email landscape@villagesofstonelakeestates.com or social@villagesofstonelakeestates.com.

Frisco’s Stage 3 Restrictions this Fall and Winter

The hottest part of the year has passed, but mandatory Stage 3 water restrictions, as outlined by the Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan, will continue because Lavon Lake remains several feet below normal. During Stage 3, planting and watering cool season grasses such as rye or other similar grasses, which raise water needs, are not permitted.

Lawns and landscapes need little to no outdoor watering when temperatures cool. Warm season grasses, such as Bermuda or St. Augustine, will go dormant during fall and winter months. ‘Dormant’ means grasses naturally turn brown during cooler months.

The best thing you can do is simply ‘turn off’ the sprinkler system. There’s no reason to water during fall and winter and it’s important to take this opportunity to save water and help protect our existing water resources for next summer. The North Texas Municipal Water District, Frisco’s wholesale regional water provider, shows Stage 4 (no outdoor watering) projections are still a possibility for 2014 without adequate rainfall next spring.

Outdoor watering with a sprinkler system is still limited to once-per-week only if necessary. The watering schedule is based on location within the residential trash collection day zone and applies to both non-residential and residential customers.

When Central Standard Time begins on Sunday, November 3, 2013, there will be no ‘time of day’ restrictions. Watering with a drip/bubbler system, soaker hoses or a hand-held hose for foundations, pools, and established trees and shrubs are still allowed, if necessary, for up to two hours per day, any day of the week.

Residential and non-residential properties that over seed and irrigate cool season grasses such as Rye with potable water during Stage 3 drought restrictions will be in violation of the City of Frisco’s Water Management Plan. A violation will result in a sprinkler system disconnection and additional fees on their water bills. Continued violations could result in a formal citation and court fines.

For more information about Stage 3, visit the Water Resources website and consider subscribing to Frisco’s weekly WaterWise Email Newsletter. This is the easiest way to remain up-to-date on water restrictions and the weekly lawn watering advice based Frisco’s weather station data.

We appreciate all your effort and continued support as we work to reduce water use across Frisco. I will be following up next week with additional program and outreach material that you can use in your community to further promote and educate your contractors, employees and residents.

Thank you again and please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

MELODY EMADIAZAR | WATER RESOURCES MANAGER
CITY OF FRISCO |  11300 RESEARCH ROAD | FRISCO, TX 75033
(OFC) 972-292-5814 | (FAX) 972-292-5891 | MEMADIAZAR@FRISCOTEXAS.GOV

VISIT US AT WWW.FRISCOTEXAS.GOV/WATER

VoSE – Reminders for Fall

All Villages of Stonelake Estates Homeowners:

Fall is finally here (September 22). Please review the following list and take advantage of cooler fall temperatures to address the following as needed to keep the neighborhood looking beautiful.

1. Street Trees: As your street tree(s) grow, the canopy level will need to be raised to at least 6 feet tall. Otherwise, the limbs will be in contention with the users of the sidewalk and the street. After the temperatures cool, please remove some lower limbs from your street trees to be proactive.

2. Dry Trees: The water restrictions were brutal on trees this year. If you have a tree that looks dry or distressed, consider adding a gator bag or hand watering ($30 for a gator bag is “cheap” compared to the price of replacing a required tree). If you have a tree that is dead, be sure to have it replaced during the fall (replacement trees must be a minimum of 3” caliper in size).

3. Wood Doors: Wooden front doors and garage doors require regular maintenance. The rule of thumb is to apply varnish every 2 years. If you wait too long, you’ll need additional work (sanding, stain touch up, etc.). The varnish protects the wood from water damage. If doors are neglected for several years, they will need premature replacement and they are not cheap to buy. The good news is that after you have your doors maintained, they look like new which is very uplifting.  If you don’t have a painter, look on the VoSE Facebook page for recommendations.  (VoSE Facebook > Files > RecommendationsIf you are not a member, just request to join and you will be added.

4. Fence Maintenance: Please keep your fence stained to maintain it’s life. We’ve all seen the “irrigation archs” on fences from where your sprinklers spray the fence, so please re-stain as needed to avoid these – your fence will look much better and last much longer.

5. Shrub Pruning: Fall and Spring are the two times a year that shrubs need heavier maintenance to avoid getting overgrown. Also, make sure you don’t have a shrub blocking your cast-stone street number sign on your house.

6. Landscape Beds and Tree Wells – Weeds and grass love to creep into these and will take over if not kept at bay. Please spray Round up as needed, remove unwanted weeds and grass and add mulch as needed.

We appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, just call me or email.

Thanks very much,

Jackie Sterk
HOA Community Manager
jsterk@excelam.com

The Pool Is OPEN!

The pool is officially open, as of earlier today.

PLEASE remember the pool rules, especially when it comes to letting people in the pool.  Reports are already coming in – groups of people asking to be let in without a key and parental supervision.  If someone doesn’t have a pool card, they shouldn’t be there.  Children ages 14 and under should always be supervised by an adult.

If anyone has problems with their pool access card, please report it to Excel Management.  You can reach Jackie with Excel using the contact information on the Directory page.