March Lawn Care 2012

  • Last summer took its toll on many a tree, shrub and flower in this area. The watering restrictions combined with the heat and no rain contributed to the death of many plants we’ve had at our homes for years. If you suffered damages last season, be careful of what you choose to take the dead tree or shrub’s place. Everything, actually most things, sold in local nurseries are not native to or acclimated to this area but they look pretty while shopping. Our zone is on the border of 7/8. Something zoned for 10 will live on the gulf but not here. Something zoned for 4 will live in Wisconsin but not here. Look on the tags at the zones and the temperature tolerances. These mean a lot to your success or failure with plants. We would be happy to help you remove and replace your dead or dying plant materials with plants/shrubs/trees that will grow in this area.
  • What is the most expensive investment we will probably ever make? Our home. We spend money to maintain our homes inside and out. We want to enjoy our places and keep them looking nice for ourselves as well as passersby. We allocate funds to accomplish this. Those same passersby see the home exterior, but they also see the landscape. Is there a similar concern that the landscape looks as good as the home’s interior and exterior?? In many cases the answer is no. Investing in our property landscape is a good investment and will pay for itself at the time you sell that home. In most cases, you can get a lot more money for your home at the time of sale IF the landscape has been upgraded and is well maintained. New homebuilders give us a basic lawn. Is that what you still have after years of being in the home? Perhaps it is time to make some changes? We’d be happy to help.
  • March is the time that everything wakes up in our lawns. Be prepared, and enjoy the work outdoors while the weather is still very comfortable. Remember-The AVERAGE last killing frost date is March 15th. We could get a killing frost after this date. If you put out tender new flowers too early and we get a hard freeze, you will have a bunch of dead new plantings. We all get excited to plant, but use some caution too! Annual plants live and die in one season while perennial plants live for more than one season, therefore are a better bargain. Call the Texas Cooperative Extension Office at 817-884-1945 for lists of plants, flowers, shrubs and trees recommended for our area, the information is all free!
  • WEEDS—Most lawns have weeds. Some worse than others. Weeds hate to be mowed, so weekly mowing service will help prevent the ones that are there from being able to grow up and reseed. For those of you that use us for your chemicals, weed/feed was put down last spring and will be put down again in the 1st ½ of March to work on the weeds showing. We use granular chemicals which have to be lightly watered to actuate them. I feel we can get them under control again. The mild winter certainly did help to allow growth and spread.

Some projects to consider for your property in the outdoor cooler season:

  • Do you need a French drain system to keep your property drained?
  • Would you like a retaining wall to get more usable space in your yard?
  • Do your curb trees need limbs removed so cars can park and people can use the sidewalk?
  • Do other trees need canopies raised or thinned out? Do shrubs need trimming?
  • Would you like to change the looks of your landscaping?
  • New or redesigned beds installed– new shrubs and or trees planted
  • New bed edging, steel, natural stone, paverstone—new mulch
  • Additional patio space with patio stones, square blocks etc.
  • Create a new outdoor enjoyment area from scratch
  • New trees or shrubs planted at this time of year do not have the high watering requirements. This saves you time and money. They can also get their roots spread out a bit prior to the heat we know is coming next summer. This is a great jump start for them.

 

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