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Manager's Corner
 
Recycling and Trash Pickup
Country Lakes trash pickup is scheduled:
Tuesday - Denton residents
(four digit address)
Monday - Argyle residents
(three digit address)

Trash containers should be placed at the curb after 6:00 PM the evening before scheduled pickup and must be placed out of sight by 8:00 AM the day following scheduled pickup. Garbage cans need to be concealed from view of neighboring units, streets and property located adjacent to the unit.
 

Wrought-Iron Fence Painting Tips

Decorative wrought iron fences are beautiful and sturdy, and can add an air of elegance to your home. However, constant exposure to the elements can do quite a bit of damage to the iron surface. Applying a fresh coat of paint, as needed, will decrease the appearance of rust and keep your fence looking beautiful.

In order to successfully paint a wrought iron fence, you will need to properly prepare the metal surface and surrounding area.

1.  Scrub the fence gently with a wire brush to remove all traces of rust. You may choose to use a wire wheel attachment on your cordless drill to speed up the process.

2.  Sand the wrought iron surface using medium-grit sandpaper. This will remove any chipped or peeling paint and will provide a rough surface for the paint to adhere to. It will also remove any deteriorating paint if you used a drill and wire wheel attachment for the previous step.

3.  Wipe down the wrought iron with a clean, dry rag.

4.  Cover items in the surrounding area with a tarp or drop cloth to protect them from the primer and paint. Take special care to protect steps, windows and plants. Dampen the greenery in flower beds or landscape gardens with a light mist of water before covering them.

5.  Apply a rust-inhibitive primer to the entire wrought iron surface. Made-for-metal primers come in liquid and aerosol form and can be found in most hardware stores. An aerosol primer is the better choice for thorough coverage if your fence has intricate scroll work.

6.  Allow the primer to dry fully per the manufacturer's instructions. Typically, most direct-to-metal primers will require 1-to-3 hours of curing time.

7.  Apply an exterior rust-inhibitive enamel paint over the fully cured primer. Again, the paint will come in either liquid or aerosol form, so choose the type that is appropriate for your project. If using aerosol paint, hold the can approximately 3-to-4 inches (10.2 cm) away from the fence to reduce drips.
Did You Know?

Homes located in Argyle have a 3 digit address number and homes located in Denton have a four digit address number?
Community Committees
 
Are you interested in bringing social activities to the community? Or perhaps keeping your home and your neighbor’s home safe? Country Lakes has several communities in need of volunteers!  If you are interested in any of the following committees, please contact April Woods at april.woods@fsresidential.com.

Safety Committee
US Flag Committee
Pool Committee
Social Committee
Yard of the Month Committee
Everbridge Press Release
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Health and Wellness
 
Everyone says you need to exercise and eat healthy for a better life. But how do you know what to eat and when and how to exercise? With gyms, at home dvds, and crazy diets, knowing what's right for your body can be tricky. Fitness goals usually boil down to losing weight and toning up your body. However, regular gyms and at home programs don’t have accountability and diet programs are short term fixes and highly unrealistic. Scientific studies have shown the individuals who work out in groups with accountability are the most likely to accomplish their fitness goals. Furthermore, working out in an upbeat, friendly, and motivational environment also greatly improves success rates. Research also suggests that setting realistic long term diet and exercise goals significantly improve your overall health and ability stick with a program. Based off this research, I have designed a fitness program that embodies all of these points.

Bold Fitness Boot camp, in Argyle, is a circuit training program built to burn fat and tone the body. Designed for men and women of all fitness levels, it truly is the most effective exercise program offered. The short, but efficient 30 minute sessions allow for maximum results in the least time possible. The great part is you work at your own speed and take breaks when you need to. Because it's a different workout everyday, we keep your muscles guessing, which results in an increased fat and calorie burn, not only during class, but for hours after. On top of that, you’ll see a mood increase, you will sleep better, it strengthens your joints, mind, and bones. The list goes on forever! The best part is classes are unlimited and there are 104 sessions offered a month to fit any schedule you may have!

*JOIN WITH THIS ARTICLE AND RECEIVE 50% OFF YOUR FIRST MONTH OF BOOT CAMP*
How to make a Homemade
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder Craft
 
What you’ll need:
Toilet Paper Rolls
Sturdy Sticks (2 per roll, 6-8 inches long)
Bird Seed
Peanut Butter
String or Ribbon
Hole Punch

Here how's to make it



1.     Punch 2 holes in one side of the toilet paper roll, aligning them evenly across from each other. This will be used to tie the string for hanging.
2.    Punch 4 holes into the opposite end of the toilet paper roll, align them evenly.  This is for the sticks that the birds will perch on.  Try to set one a little higher than the other so the sticks can be pushed through without an issue.  
3.    Insert the 2 sticks into each hole, going in one side and out the other in the corresponding hole.  Wiggle and push in sticks gently, you don’t want the holes to rip or get too loose.  The sticks might fall out!
4.    Center each stick, they should be crossing each other like an intersection and should stick out enough for a bird to perch on.  
5.    Next, holding the lower part of the feeder below the sticks, you’ll spread a light layer of peanut butter on the upper part of the toilet paper roll and cover in bird seed.  Tip: use the back of a spoon to spread the peanut butter and press in the bird seed all around it. Be careful not to cover your holes at the top!
6.    Cut the string to your desired length and tie to the holes you cut in step #1. Now you are ready to hang and admire your bird feeder!   


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Muscovy Ducks

Muscovy Ducks love our lakes in the community! They are often spotted hanging out near the shores of the lakes within the neighborhood and serve a very important purpose! Did you know that these ducks eat mosquitos and other pesty bugs? These ducks feed off larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails, and crabs.

While it may seem fun to feed the ducks, it generally is not a good idea to feed wild birds.  It will increase their dependence on us for survival – and the food humans frequently feed them is unsuitable for their diet and can cause multiple health issues.   

What NOT to feed Ducks:
•    Milk/Dairy products
•    Bread, chips, cookies, cakes and cereal
•    Cooked or processed foods
What to feed Ducks:
•    Lettuce (maybe an acquired taste)
•    Spinach
•    Chopped or shredded carrots
•    Alfalfa sprouts
•    Whole oats
•    Brown rice
•    Split peas
•    Shelled corn
 
Prune and Care for Crape Myrtles
Submitted by: Craig Emory, D&D Landscape

For many years the gardeners and landscapers basically sheared the complete canopy off the top of Crape Myrtles, leaving the tree with just stumps for limbs. This process scars and wounds the tree and this damage remains with the tree for its lifetime.  It also produces a profusion of smaller branches resulting in a lack of proportion and inhibits the branch from being able to withhold the weight of new blooms. You can see this in the summer time after rains, when the branches literally flop over and droop.

Crape Myrtles pruning only requires a thin out the trunks on young trees to somewhere around 3 to 7 permanent trunks, the fewer you have the more you can admire their shape and smooth texture.  In regards to the canopy the only pruning that should be done is to remove any branches that are rubbing against one another.  You can remove the seed pods on the trees during the winter but this is for aesthetics only as this will not promote anymore blooms in the summer but removing these pods in the summer does promote faster re-bloom.

Finally remove any new suckers at the base of the tree or any that have grown on your main trunks. That's it -- nothing more.

If you follow these simple rules your Crape Myrtles will remain healthy (we will talk pests later in the spring) and vibrant for many years to come.
   
 
Tips to Maintain your Lawn

Maintaining a healthy turf will help you avoid many common lawn problems, as well as the need for many pesticides- including insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.  The following tips will help you keep your lawn healthy and beautiful:

•    Choose the correct turf for your light conditions and lawn use.
•    Establish an adequate depth of health soil (at least 6 inches under your turf)
•    Aerate your lawn once a year to improve soil drainage and reduce soil compaction.
•    Irrigate efficiently, making sure to
o    Water in the morning before 10:00am
o    Wet the soil to a depth of 4-6 inches
o    Allow the soil to dry out between watering
•    Mow properly, taking no more than one-third of the grass blade off with each mowing
•    Be careful not to over fertilize, which can weaken turf, as well as contribute to water pollution by causing excess nutrients to be released into rainfall runoff.  Choose natural or organic fertilizers, such as compost, which typically slow release their nutrients and can be used in smaller amounts
•    Test your soil periodically to determine which nutrients are lacking, before you decide whether or not to fertilize. Soil tests can be found at local hardware stores.
•    Be sure to always comply with your water systems use restrictions.

 
Why Do Couples Often Look so much Alike?

You may be familiar with the saying, “opposites attract.” But in reality, the heart prefers similarity. That similarity increases the longer two people stay together.  A psychologist conducted an experiment to test this notion. He analyzed photos of couples taken when they were newlyweds and again 25 years later. Results showed that couples grew to look more alike over time. The happier the couple said they were, the more similar they looked.

Now, where’s the study about why dogs and owners look alike?

 
Vegetables from Your Garden
Calloway's Nursery Events
Saturday, February 18th
10:15 am - 11:00 am
ALL Locations

Enjoy beautiful container gardens that provide a wonderful space for herbs and vegetables. What a wonderful way to have fresh foods for your kitchen straight from your garden! Create beautiful displays of vegetables while eating smart.

Win a $500 Calloway’s Gift Card! Attend this Garden Series and enter for a chance to win a $500 Gift Card. You’ll also receive a 10% Discount on your entire purchase the day of the Garden Series.
*Join us and enter to win at each Garden Series you attend from January 28th until June 10th. Drawing will take place June 2017 for one $500 Gift Card. (10% off your purchase: Offer must be used on the same day as the Garden Series Event. No rain checks.)


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Let's Get Active, Country Lakes!

Country Lakes is a pedestrian friendly community! Our trails promote walking, jogging and biking for families.  Along with activities such as Camp Gladiator, Country Lakes works to promote a healthy lifestyle for residents.

If you are interested in starting a walking or jogging club, please contact April Woods at the HOA office at
April.Woods@FSResidential.com

What are you waiting for? Get out there and get moving!

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eNews
2.9.17


In this eNews
Manager's Corner
Did You Know?
Community Committees
Health & Wellness
Homemade Bird Feeder
Muscovy Ducks
Prune & Care for Crape Myrtles
Tips to Maintain your Lawn
Why Do Couples Look Alike?
Vegetables from Your Garden
Lets Get Active!
Kindergarten Round Up
Denton ISD Kindergarten Orientation
 

Helpful Links
Community Docs
Dues
HOA website
FSRConnect
FirstService Residential
 

April Woods
General Manager

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