Summer Lawn Issues

Many of you are concerned about your lawns right now, as large brown areas are starting to show up as the summer heats up. I would encourage all of you to do an irrigation audit first, to determine if it is water-related. Never “assume” that all is being watered equally.  Instructions for an easy, DIY irrigation audit can be found HERE. There are certain lawn issues that show up at specific times of the year, and there are specific times to treat them. For instance, we only see chinch bugs in [...]

By |2018-08-01T14:51:22+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Lawn Care|

Lawn Irrigation Made Simple

Lawn Irrigation Most of us cringe when asked how much and how often we should water our lawns. Well, cringe no more! There is a very simple way to determine how long to run our lawn irrigation, and a simpler way to determine how often to run it!  Better yet, once you determine the “magic number”, you will not have to do it again! (I know that most people pick a “magic number” out of the sky to determine how long your sprinkler will run.) No more guesswork! Each lawn [...]

By |2018-08-01T15:06:03+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Lawn Care|

Chinch Bugs

Chinch Bugs Explained Here it is, the end of summer, and the hottest days are upon us. Many lawns have been showing signs of stress, and chinch bugs could be one of the culprits. They typically begin feeding in sunny areas along sidewalks and driveways, sucking juices from the grass blades and leaving yellowing grass bordering green grass. At the same time they are feeding, they inject a poison that causes the blades to turn brown and die. Chinch bugs will feed on many grass species, but St. Augustine and [...]

By |2018-08-01T15:10:23+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Insects, Lawn Care|

Winter Lawn Watering

Many people are asking whether to water their lawns in the winter. In Central Texas, that can be a loaded question. Some winters, the temperatures do not drop low enough for a long enough time for our lawns to even go dormant. In that case, if we do not receive ½” of rain, we would advise watering about ½” every two weeks. During our colder winters, when grass turns brown and goes dormant, the roots still remain viable and grow very slowly.  In the absence of rain, a monthly watering [...]

By |2018-01-29T16:42:18+00:00January 29th, 2018|Lawn Care|

February Gardening

VEGETABLES:             All the crops mentioned in January may be planted in February as well.  Onions should be planted before mid-month.  Seed Swiss chard, carrots, turnips and radishes directly into the garden. Cover seedlings during hard freezes. The cool-season greens, lettuce, spinach, mesclun greens and mustard greens should be planted early in the month from seed. Potatoes are usually planted around President’s Day.  Choose varieties such as Kennebec, Red Lasoda or Pontiac.  Cut seed potatoes into sections with at least one “eye” per section. Lay them out to dry in [...]

By |2018-01-29T16:43:50+00:00January 29th, 2018|Lawn Care, Plants|

Brown Patch on Lawns

Brown Patch is a fungus that shows up in our lawns in the spring and fall, when temperatures begin to cool. Because it needs cool, moist conditions, we do not see brown patch fungus in the summer. If you have had brown patch in your lawn in the past, it is likely you will see it again once conditions are right for it to develop. St. Augustine is most often infected, but Bermuda and Zoysia will become infected under the right conditions. Over-watered and over-fertilized lawns are more susceptible to [...]

By |2017-10-11T14:33:28+00:00October 11th, 2017|Lawn Care|

October Gardening Check List

The best tree and shrub planting season continues now through mid-March. Root systems will continue to grow all winter long, giving you a fairly well-established plant by the time the real heat sets in. A better established root system conserves water and is more drought resistant next year. (It is also easier on YOU,  as you will be watering less often in the winter!) Try planting some spring-flowering trees and shrubs such as azaleas, redbuds, Mexican plums, anacacho orchid trees, and Texas scarlet flowering quince. -Don’t miss the fall fertilization [...]

By |2017-10-05T14:55:30+00:00October 5th, 2017|Lawn Care, Plants, Vegetable Gardening|

Fall Pre-Emergent

"Be proactive about weeds in your lawn.....not reactive!" It's that time to put out pre-emergent herbicides. What is that you ask? Pre-emergent herbicides are usually applied twice a year to lawns and established flower beds to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Timing of application is key! We apply the fall application around mid to late September when our fall rains come (and we know the cool-season weeds will appear). Pre-emergent herbicides are much safer to use around surrounding trees and plants than "weed and feed" type fertilizers. Many “Weed and Feed" products contain [...]

By |2017-09-15T15:25:54+00:00September 14th, 2017|Lawn Care|

September Gardening Checklist

Vegetable Gardens:  If you haven’t already removed your old vegetable plants from spring, now is the time to do so! Compost whatever does not have disease or insects, and discard the rest. This is your “window” to add amendments to your garden! Choose from Ladybug Revitalizer Compost Blend, Raised Bed Blend, or Earthworm castings. The Ground Up product, Vegan Compost, provides composted native plants and organic vegetable products. Compost will add needed nutrients and texture to your soil, improving moisture holding capacity, microbe activity, and production. If you have not [...]

By |2017-09-05T14:41:33+00:00September 5th, 2017|Lawn Care, Vegetable Gardening|

August Gardening Checklist

Annuals and Perennials: There is still time to plant heat-loving annuals in those bare spots in the landscape. Many of the heat-lovers, such as Vinca, Angelonia and Penta will thrive all the way until frost. Geraniums in pots may be trimmed and fertilized for a fall display of blooms. If you haven’t already, move them to afternoon shade. Some perennials are looking stressed, especially Lantana, which might have Lantana Lacebugs. Now is a good time to cut them back and fertilize them for a spectacular bloom throughout the fall. Don’t [...]

By |2018-07-30T13:59:20+00:00August 1st, 2017|Lawn Care|

Take-All Patch on Lawns

Most of the people I have talked to about their declining (dying) lawns this year have not heard about this rapidly spreading disease of lawns. Take-all root rot, or take-all patch, does just that. It is a fungus that kills ALL of the grass plant: roots, stolons (runners) and leaves. It is most common on St. Augustine, but has been observed on Bermuda and Zoysia as well. Symptoms of take-all patch usually appear as diseased patches of turf during late spring and early summer. The initial symptoms on St. Augustine [...]

By |2018-07-23T16:18:41+00:00July 18th, 2017|Lawn Care|

June Gardening Checklist

Annuals and Perennials: Some of the best heat-loving annuals are ready to be planted now! Vinca, Angelonia, Penta, Sweet Potato Vine, Coleus, Wax Begonias, Purslane and Portulaca will easily make it through our hot summer with attentive watering and monthly fertilization. Even Geraniums, when moved to dappled shade or part sun will produce abundant blooms all summer if dead-headed and fertilized monthly. Perennials should be establishing well if planted in the spring. If planting now, continue hand-watering daily for at least a few weeks. Watering deeply once or twice a [...]

By |2017-06-07T12:42:32+00:00June 7th, 2017|Lawn Care, Vegetable Gardening|