Why are my trees dropping leaves? God gave trees a survival mechanism. They somehow know how much leaf structure they can feed with the amount of water and nutrients they are currently getting from the soil. If the water intake allows them to feed only 2000 of their 4000 leaves, they will drop the other 2000 to stay alive. Your tree would love to have a hose on it with a slow trickle of water to minimize water runoff. The city water department may not agree with that so be careful to stay within city watering guidelines.
With the drought we have been through, many yards appear to be dead if the homeowners did not water regularly. Some ideas to reduce the amount of turf grass would be to add river rock or other stone paths, island beds or expand existing beds and install hardy Texas shrubs. You can increase your leisure area with new patio stone or flagstone sitting areas.
September is the startup time for planning some cool season activity. It is about time, right? We need to continue with all the things we have been doing to get through another dry, dry, dry summer; watering at 1 inch per week, good layers of mulch etc.
Now is a good time to raise tree canopies and thin them out. Dead limbs are obvious now, which will not be the case after leaf drop. Many property owners still have curb area trees with limbs prohibiting cars or trucks from parking in front of the home without paint damage to the roofs. These same trees often endanger passersby on the sidewalk from being poked in the eyes. They also usually have dead grass underneath caused by lack of sunlight to the turf area. Other trees on your properties can benefit from canopy raising and thinning. Mature Wax myrtles and some other “shrubs” can be treed up so they have visible trunks and more resemble trees than shrubs, a totally different look. You can cut back your roses early in the month, but do it sparingly. You will get a rose display this fall if you have maintained your roses well over the summer heat.
Historically Septembers are still very hot. If you are wearing down, you can still hire Captain Ron’s Lawns to get you through the season. We would be happy to help you. If you desire to have an attractive and green lawn all winter, you can put down ryegrass seed late in the month or in early October. Your property will stand out in the neighborhood as people drive by and see your green lawn amongst all the dormant grass lawns.
You can actually plant a fall vegetable garden now. For a list of flowers, shrubs, etc recommended and their varieties for this area call the Texas Extension office at 817-884-1945 and ask for the free lists. The Extension Office has a surprising quantity of free information available, so ask for answers to several questions. The volunteer Master Gardeners there will try hard to get you the right publications.