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Spring Lawn Care Tips
in Live Oak trees arrive in mid April.
Inchworms, Webworms, Bagworms,
etc. They can be devastating due to the amount of foliage they can remove
from a tree in a very short time. Without foliage, photosynthesis can't
occur. Live Oaks have the ability to produce several crops of foliage during
the season. However, repeated attacks year after year will cause tree fatalities. If your trees are prone to heavy defoliation,
the best course of action would be our preventative worm program, the
Texas Two Step Program.
Post-emergent weed control
should be applied now. Post-emergents kill weeds that have already
germinated. Post-emergents are an effective way to control
Most trees and
shrubs should be fertilized mid March thru May. Deep root method with a
bio-stimulant is my recommendation, low in potassium for central Texas.
When To Fertilize Trees
Fire Ant Treatment
late winter and early spring, the root systems of most warm season grasses
decline, and as spring progresses, new vigorous roots develop. This time
of year is a critical time in this process and these roots should not be
disturbed. Aeration should wait until the grass is vigorously growing.
How to Mulch
After a winter
of not mowing, many of us are reluctant to get the mower out and start
mowing, but if the growth is sufficient, mow.
Never mow the grass short the first few time. Scalping the lawn is never good, and can only
lead to a weakened root system, as you are reducing the grasses ability to
make food for itself by reducing foliage mass, and therefore reducing
overall photo-synthesis. Also scalping brings sunlight to the soil,
causing increased germination of weeds.
Dead spots in St. Augustine grass is often
done last fall. Grubs feed from the roots, destroying
carbohydrate reserves used for spring growth.
You should have already pruned
flowering plants, trees, and shrubs.
When to prune Live Oaks Trees - Austin Texas
Brown patch often forms in cooler wet temperatures. Although it is
tempting to water to, your lawn actually needs very little this time of year.
Brown Patch - Lawn Fungal Problems
Lawn Fertilizers applied this time of year
should have low Nitrogen levels to avoid feeding fungal problems such as
brown patch and grey leaf spot. Look for lower Nitrogen and higher Iron
levels. (I recommend a 24-5-11 With 6% iron) Avoid any fertilizer ratios
higher than 27% nitrogen.
Too much water can be
devastating to most plants, including trees. There is no need to water
established trees. If the weather is mild and dry, water newly planted
trees thoroughly, as needed.
Consistent monitoring is the key to healthy
plants. Remember, it is easier to keep a healthy plant healthy, than to
save a sick one.
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