PCVA is hosting a holiday celebration for residents from 12-2pm at the Private Park with Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and Cookies, Hot Cocoa, and Apple Cider. Get the family ready, dress warm, and have the camera for photos. Please RSVP via the link sent out via Hammersmith to let us know you are coming, and if you wish, reserve a wagon ride slot. If you did not get the invitation - please call Hammersmith (719) 389-0700 to update your account with a current email. Be sure to identify yourself as a "Pine Creek" resident to speed things along.
Tall Timbers Tree and Shrub Service offers these tips.
Although trees remain dormant during the winter, they are not immune to cold and dry conditions. Trees experience the stress of harsh winter weather and it’s usually a lack of water that causes the most damage. Colorado Springs only received 1.41 inches of rain the past 3 months and heading into the winter with dry roots can mean major trouble for your trees in the spring. The result of long, dry periods during fall and winter is injury or death to parts of the tree's root system.
Affected trees may appear perfectly normal and resume growth in the spring using stored food energy. Established trees should be watered two times a month September and October and once a month from November to March. Trees that don't get enough water can suffer stress and drought injury. Trees may be weakened and all or parts may die in late spring or summer when temperatures rise. The signs of drought stress often don't show up until the heat of the following summer, which then makes trees more susceptible to pests and disease.
Important factors to consider when watering trees:
-Newly planted trees that have been planted within the last 3 years are more susceptible to damage from drought conditions and need to be watered more frequently than established trees. Water them to a depth of 24 inches three times a month in the fall and twice a month in the winter.
-Evergreen trees lose water through their needles in the dry winter air. They need more stored-up water going into the winter season to make up for that. Cold, dry winds can strip water from evergreens faster than their roots can absorb it. That is why it is especially important to provide enough water in the fall and during dry spells in the winter.
-Even though they lose their leaves, deciduous trees should also not get too dry in the fall and winter. Water acts as an insulator for both the tree and soil. Soil that stays moist will be warmer. Likewise, plant cells that are plump with water will be less susceptible to damage from the cold. Water deciduous trees to a depth of 24 inches twice a month during the fall and once a month in the winter.
-When watering any tree, remember to apply water out to the edge of the tree’s canopy drip line. Most established trees have a root spread equal to their height and beyond. Water deeply and avoid spraying foliage. Watering to the right depth depends on your specific soils, so you will want to measure how much water it takes your soils to reach 24 inches deep.
Dog owners, please ensure your pets are not able to threaten people using the sidewalks along your property. City Code states owners must prevent a dog from becoming a danger to persons and that No person who owns, keeps or exercises control over any animal shall allow the animal to do the following:
1.To attack or threaten to attack or bite any person or domestic animal not on the premises of the owner or keeper.
2.To attack or threaten to attack or bite any person or domestic animal upon the premises of the residence of the owner or keeper.
Dogs that charge the property line or attempt to jump over fences may appear to be threatening to attack or bite a person. This can be very disconcerting and disturbing to a person out for a walk. Please consider your dog's actions and how it may be perceived by someone passing by.
Read more details at https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/coloradospringsco/latest/coloradosprings_co/0-0-0-7038#JD_6.7.107
Each year, Americans trust the U.S. Postal Service® with billions of letters and packages, and the vast majority of those arrive safely at their intended destinations. But there are always thieves who will target the mail. Postal Inspectors investigate these crimes and arrest thousands of mail and package thieves each year. Still, there are extra steps you can take to ensure your mail arrives safely at its destination.
Follow and share these tips to help protect yourself and others against mail and package theft.
Promptly pickup mail - Try not to leave letters and packages in your mailbox or at your door for any length of time.
Deposit mail close to pickup time - Deposit outgoing mail into USPS® Blue Collection Boxes before the last collection or inside your local Post Office™.
Inquire about overdue mail - If you do not receive a check, credit card, or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the sender as soon as possible and inquire about it.
Don't send cash - Be careful about what you send. Don’t risk sending cash in the mail.
Arrange for prompt pickup - If you cannot be home to receive a package, make another arrangement or use the USPS Hold Mail Service.
Use Hold for Pickup - When shipping packages, use the Hold for PickUp option, and the recipients can collect the package at their local Post Office™.
Request signature confirmation - When mailing something important, consider requesting Signature Confirmation™ for the intended recipient.
File a change of address - If you move, make sure you file a change of address with the Postal Service and let your financial institutions know as well.
From the United States Postal Inspection Service website https://www.uspis.gov/tips-prevention/mail-theft/
Report mailbox vandalism at https://ehome.uspis.gov/mailtheft/vandalize.aspx
If you would like to address an issue directly to a PCVA Board member -- visit our contact page at https://www.pcva.org/board-of-directors.html