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November Newsletter

By |2019-11-05T09:00:34-06:00November 5th, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Tips for Winterizing Beds Add organic matter (decaying animal or plant material) such as compost, green manure, leaf mold or animal manure. These are beneficial soil amendments that improve the structure of the soil. Avoid fertilizing. Adding fertilizer late in the fall promotes new growth that will be damaged in winter weather. Keep beds moist [...]

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October Newsletter

By |2019-11-05T08:58:26-06:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Fall Watering Cooler weather, shorter days and increased chances of rain are signs of autumn in southeastern Texas. Along with the change in season is the possibility of finding Brown Patch Fungus in our lawns. This is the time of year turning off irrigation systems is generally recommended. Additional water should be applied only [...]

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September Newsletter

By |2019-09-04T15:22:15-06:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Benefits of Core Aeration and Compost Topdressing Compost topdressing is the process of adding a thin layer of organic material, typically ¼ inch to ½ inch over grass and usually goes hand in hand with an initial core aeration. The process has been found to be so beneficial, it could easily be considered the foundation [...]

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August Newsletter

By |2019-08-13T14:30:54-06:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Summer Watering Along with sunshine, proper mowing and maintenance, adequate watering of turf grasses is required for a lawn to be the most eye-catching part of any landscape. East Texas rainfall amounts generally provide abundant volumes of natural water annually, however Mother Nature cannot be relied upon to provide needed moisture in a timely [...]

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Virginia Buttonweed

By |2019-07-04T08:01:08-06:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care|

One of the most prolific and invasive turfgrass weeds found in East Texas is Virginia Buttonweed.  It is a vining, low growing plant that can survive mowing at even the lowest blade settings.  This broadleaf weed found most frequently in moist to wet areas produces a white, four star-shaped petal. Overwatering or excessive rainfall during [...]

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Virginia Buttonweed

Nimblewill Weed

By |2019-07-04T07:52:59-06:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care, Lawn Diseases|

Nimblewill weed is a warm season, highly aggressive weed readily resembling Bermuda grass.  However, unlike Bermuda grass which grows with rhizomes, it produces stolons that run along the surface of the soil.  This extremely invasive weed easily spreads vegetatively by seeds if the plant is allowed to flower, and are then commonly transported by birds, [...]

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Nimblewill Weed

Chinch Bugs

By |2019-07-04T07:39:52-06:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care, Pest Management|

Starting with the hot weather in July and continuing through August and into September, chinch bugs can frequently be found in lawns, especially St. Augustine lawns.  Chinch bugs like hot, dry sunny turf and can quickly cause substantial damage in a relatively small amount of time.  Lawns with an infestation contain large patches of yellowish, [...]

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Chinch Bugs

Summer Mosquito Management

By |2019-07-04T07:30:46-06:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Pest Management|

Like all animals, mosquitoes need food, water and shelter to survive.  If any one of these components is missing, mosquitoes will die. Doing away with items such as old tires, plastic pools, sagging tarps, empty buckets and containers from the yard, the breeding sites for these pests will be removed.  Mowing tall grass and weeds, [...]

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Summer Mosquito Management

Seasonal Alert-Major Weed Issue

By |2019-07-15T13:26:34-06:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Due to the record amounts of rainfall we have been receiving, there has been a major issue with weeds all over east and southeastern Texas this spring and early summer, which has led to concerns for golf courses, sports fields and residential properties.  The additional rain causes the chemical design of the herbicide to break [...]

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Seasonal Alert-Major Weed Issue

July Newsletter

By |2019-07-30T11:20:03-06:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

July Maintenance Tips For Trees and Shrubs Prune dead and damaged branches. Deadhead roses and apply an iron-based supplement. Hold off on pruning flowering shrubs until next spring but trim any non-blooming hedges. For Lawns Set the mower to the highest setting, 3-4 inches for St. Augustine grass. For Bermuda grass keep it at 1-2 [...]

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June Newsletter

By |2019-06-03T10:27:01-06:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

June Lawns Hotter weather means faster growing lawns. Mowing every 5-7 days, rather than 8-14, allows for clippings to fall back on the lawn as opposed to bagging them. Allowing the clippings to settle back into the lawn recycles the nutrients and keeps thatch at bay. Quick growing, lush lawns are also susceptible to [...]

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May Newsletter

By |2019-05-01T09:55:25-06:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

May Bed Maintenance With the hotter summer weather quickly approaching, there are some things you can still do make your beds showy and survive the warm temperatures. Visit a nursery and choose plants that do well for your bed conditions. To add color in areas with direct sun, consider zinnias, petunias, periwinkle, salvia, sunflowers, [...]

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Spring Care of Annuals, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs

By |2019-04-11T19:13:42-06:00April 11th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care, Maintenance|

Replenish mulch around existing plants, 3-4 inches in depth and avoiding direct contact with trunks. Check for any diseases or insects that were problematic in the past to get an early handle on them. Divide and move perennials every 3 years to avoid overcrowding. In order to direct energy back into the bulbs, deadhead them [...]

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Spring Care of Annuals, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs

Good Mowing Practices for St. Augustine and Bermuda Grasses

By |2019-04-11T19:13:07-06:00April 11th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care|

Begin routine mowing in spring when grass starts turning green using a mower with properly sharpened blades for both types of turf.  Mowers should be set at 1 inch to 2 inches for Common Bermudagrass and ½ inch to 1½ inch for any hybrid varieties.  Where as, St. Augustine grass should have mowers set at [...]

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Good Mowing Practices for St. Augustine and Bermuda Grasses

Poa Annua Grass

By |2019-04-11T19:12:36-06:00April 11th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care, Lawn Diseases, Maintenance|

Poa annua is an annual weed, typically known as bluegrass, often found in lawns and gardens.  It is difficult to control because of the large number of seeds it can produce, which have the ability to remain dormant several years without sprouting. The grass is generally found late spring to early summer and can be [...]

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Poa Annua Grass

Tent Caterpillars

By |2019-07-04T08:02:14-06:00April 11th, 2019|Categories: Lawn Care, Pest Management|

The larvae stage of tent caterpillars is most destructive to certain types of trees in East Texas, including oaks.  These leaf-eating caterpillars can be identified by their dark brownish body color, with subtle blue and yellow lines extending lengthwise and white spots down the middle of the back.  They are frequently found clustered together on [...]

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Tent Caterpillars

March News Letter

By |2019-07-30T10:36:50-06:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Newsletter|

Overwatering and Weeds Weeds are present in every lawn, but by utilizing consistent, well-managed lawn practices, they are rarely a problem. Turfgrass that is over- or under-watered is often conducive to weed growth, but consistently overwatering will cause more damage. With appropriate watering practices, weed management is kept to a minimum, especially when partnered with [...]

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