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

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

Why It’s So Important to Test Soil pH

By |2018-11-09T11:18:07-06:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Lawn Care, Treatments|Tags: , , |

Remember back in science class where you had to test various liquids to check their pH level with that magical strip of paper that changed color if it was acidic or alkaline? Or perhaps you’ve already dabbled with pH adjustments with your pool’s maintenance? Well, it turns out that the soil’s pH level also [...]

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Why It’s So Important to Test Soil pH

Are You Watering Enough?

By |2018-11-09T11:18:36-06:00June 8th, 2018|Categories: Lawn Care, Watering|Tags: , , |

Summer is an indication of many things – pools, beach, ice cream, watermelons. What do all of these things have in common? WATER! That’s right! It’s that time of year again where the sunny days and cool water beckons us to bask in its glory, and the A/C bill rises as we seek [...]

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Are You Watering Enough?

Importance of Proper Mowing

By |2018-11-09T11:19:07-06:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Lawn Care, Maintenance|Tags: , |

It's MOWING Time! Winter has gone, temperatures have risen, and so has your grass! We know you are ready to dust off those gloves and get back to working on your yard, so we want to caution you to maintain proper care for your lawn. Mowing is one of the first things [...]

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Importance of Proper Mowing

Common Lawn Diseases

By |2018-11-09T11:19:33-06:00February 17th, 2018|Categories: Lawn Care, Lawn Diseases|Tags: , , , , , , |

Why is my St. Augustine grass dying? Common diseases and how to identify and remedy. The horror for any proud homeowner, who takes pride in the appearance of their lawn, is waking up to a once vibrant, healthy green view now speckled with imperfections, or worse, near-annihilation of the entire turf. This hardship [...]

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Common Lawn Diseases