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A PUBLICATION OF THE LOWE’S FARM HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

        Lowe's Farm eNews - September 2015     

President's Message

The entrance flower beds were installed after many delays caused by spring rains & electrical repairs
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Fall Plants for
North Texas


Bed Preparation and Care for Fall & Winter In North Texas



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Communications

Communicate with your neighbors, make new friends, and receive information about HOA events

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Mark Your Calendars!

National Night Out
Garage Sale
Santa Event at the Castle

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Safety Tips

Please be sure your block captain has your current email address so you will receive any crime alerts


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References

Helpful information and numbers




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Pool Season

Our amenity center and pool will close on Sunday, September 27th

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ACC Modification Request

Please submit an ACC Modification Request form for any residential exterior project (new or replacement) prior to construction

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Fall Recipe

Yummy salad for fall





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Board of Directors:

PRESIDENT – Ginnie Bucek

VICE PRESIDENT – Chris Hamilton
SECRETARY – Paul Blevins
TREASURER – Scott Smith
DIRECTOR AT LARGE – Erika Uggen

board@lowesfarmhoa.com
 

Committees:


ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL– Scott Smith
COMMUNICATION – Ed Wood
LANDSCAPE – Dan Peters
POOL – Laura Redman
SAFETY - Vacant
SOCIAL – Charlette Fuller & Jane Thompson

 
Board President's Message
 
Summer is almost over!

The entrance flower beds were installed after many delays caused by spring rains and electrical repairs. Soon Fall annuals and perennials will be planted. Eventually, these flower beds will become more established like the bed at Fox Lane and Lowe's Farms Parkway. Also, you may have noticed the improved visibility along Lowe's Farm Parkway provided by the median tree lighting.

The beginning of this school year provided challenges in transportation due to the cancellation of bus services to Cora Spencer Elementary. This was a decision made by the school district based upon the completion of East Broad Street and the 2-mile state guideline. Hopefully, everyone involved was able to make the transition with car pools, etc.

The HOA is pleased to announced the Neighborhood Watch Program's coordinator, Mr. David Littlefield, reports 35 of our 38 streets have Block Captains. Officer Barndon Blansit, MPD's liaison, is working with David to provide informative training sessions for the block captains. This is an excellent example of neighbors working together to make our community safer!

Please join us at the National Night Out event to be held at the Amenity Center on Saturday, September 26th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Officer Blansit will be available to answer any safety questions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the board at board@lowesfarmhoa.com.

Ginnie Bucek, HOA Board President


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Saturday, October 10th
8:00 am – 4:00 pm


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Santa Event at the Castle

Santa and his reindeer will be at Lowe’s Farm on
Sunday, December 6th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies will be served.  

Each Lowe’s Farm homeowner family will receive one complimentary photo with Santa.
(No pets allowed.)

Santa will leave promptly at 4:00 p.m.


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Summertime is almost over!

Our amenity center and pool will close on Sunday, September 27th.  We hope you enjoyed swimming and the dive-in movie selections featured this summer: Big Hero 6 (June), How To Train Your Dragon 2 (July), and Home (August). On Saturday, September 26th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. we will celebrate the end-of-the-pool season with a picnic-style meal in conjunction with the National Night Out event.

Our last dive-in movie will be shown at dusk.
Please mark your calendar and email your family’s RSVP to safety@lowesfarmhoa.com by September 23rd. The RSVPs will provide our count for Chick-fil-A sandwiches and enter you for the door prize raffle.

Please contact
social@lowesfarmhoa.com if you are able to volunteer to help at this event.

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Fall Plants for North Texas
 
Bed Preparation and Care for Fall & Winter In North Texas: Our clay soil needs to be amended in order for our plants not only to survive but to thrive. The small particle size of clay essentially suffocates plant roots, but by tilling compost and expanded shale into the flower bed at least 6-8 inches deep, the clay is broken up thereby aerating the soil and adding missing nutrients. This can easily be done with soil builders. It is also important to remember that fall/winter pansies and violas are “heavy feeders.” 

To encourage continuous blooms, a high nitrogen fertilizer (12-6-6) or Bone Meal is preferable. To protect your flowers from the coldest of weather, mulch the flower beds right after planting and water the beds thoroughly just before a cold spell in order to insulate the roots from any cold air that might slip through. Wash the frost off of the plants afterward, and once the soil thaws out, they will bounce back and resume flowering.

Click here to read more about Fall Plants.

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Safety Tips
• Whenever you are away ask a neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, door flyers, and delivered packages. Whenever these pile up, burglars know you are away.
• Avoid announcing your vacation on social media. Wait until after you return home to post your vacation photos.
• Your security alarm only works when it is on. Even if you are leaving for a short time, remember to activate it. If you are home alone, activate “stay” on the security alarm.
• Lock all exterior doors including your garage entry door. Keep your garage door closed.
• Park your vehicles in the garage. If you must park in the driveway, be sure to remove your valuables and lock your garage door opener in the glove box. Lock your car doors.
• Use a timer or photo electric cell to automatically turn on inside and outside lights.
• Keep all shrubbery trimmed near your doors and windows.
• Arrange for a Crime Prevention Unit Officer to inspect your home for recommendations on how to make your home more secure.
• Join the Neighborhood Watch Program.
• Burglars hate dogs and concerned neighbors.

Please be sure your block captain has your current email address so you
will receive any crime alerts.

EMERGENCIES – call 911   NON-EMERGENCIES – CALL 817.473.0211


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Architectural Control Committee

Please submit an ACC Modification Request form for any residential exterior project (new or replacement) prior to construction. 

You can download the form from the HOA website here.
Many residential guidelines are found in Article IV of the CC&Rs:  
Mansfield Fencing Ordinance:

HOA Approved Fence Stains:

Besides the approved stains in the CC&Rs, these are also approved fence stains:
Wood Defender Stains - www.wooddefender.com 940 S. 6th Ave
Harvest Brown, Cedar Tone, Saddle Tan, Sequoia
Lowe’s Stains – www.lowes.com  Hwy. 287
Mountain Cedar, Woodland Oil  


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Communicate with your neighbors, make new friends, and receive information about HOA events and Mansfield news by joining the Lowe’s Farm HOA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lowes.hoa.

You can access important information, documents, HOA Board meeting agendas and minutes, etc. on the Lowe’s Farm website at http://www.lowesfarmhoa.com.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM
David Littlefield, Co-ordinator

dpl677@gmail.com
 
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Broccoli Salad

INGREDIENTS
10 slices bacon
½ cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tblsp. vinegar
1 bunch of broccoli florets (no stems)
1 cup dry roasted peanuts or sliced almonds
1 cup raisins or red grapes
½ cup chopped green onions

DIRECTIONS
1. Fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crush bacon into small pieces. Set aside.
2. Prepare dressing by blending sugar, mayo and vinegar. Store dressing in refrigerator.
3. In a serving bowl, mix bite-size broccoli florets, nuts, raisins or grapes, and green onions.
4. Before serving, combine bacon and dressing to broccoli mixture.
Keep refrigerated.


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ANIMAL CONTROL - 817.276.4799
ANIMAL EMERGENCIES
CITY CODE COMPLIANCE
FIRST SERVICE RESIDENTIAL  - 214.871.9700
FIRST SERVICE RESIDENTIAL EMERGENCY - 877.378.2388
LOST OR FOUND PET
LOWE’S FARM HOA FACEBOOK
LOWE’S FARM HOA WEBSITE 
MANSFIELD ISD
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
NEIGBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM Coordinator – David Littlefield – dpl677@gmail.com
PLANNING & ZONING
POLICE EMERGENCY - 911

For easy access, print these references to post on your bulletin board.

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