In North Texas, many people look forward to winter. Even though the winters here are generally pretty mild, we do face some frozen days, and we may even get some snow if we’re lucky. That’s why it’s important to know how to prepare your lawn for winter. Winter lawn preparation comes back nice and strong in the spring. Here are a few great lawn care preparation tips.
How to prepare your lawn for winter in five easy steps:
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Healthy lawns have soil that thrives throughout the seasons. Lawns that have poor soil quality do not hold up to extreme weather conditions. Topdressing your lawn is an important, often overlooked lawn chore. By adding a modest layer of compost across your lawn you can improve the overall structure of your soil.
There are different types of topdressing you can add to your lawn, but compost is widely recognized as the best choice for turf grass. Adding compost to your yard is an environmentally friendly way to improve your turf grass.
What is Compost?
Compost is created from decaying / decomposing organic material, such as leaves or grass trimmings, paper and vegetable/fruit waste. Do not use animal flesh. It creates a nutrient-rich material that is beneficial for lawns and gardens. You can also buy compost from a lawn or landscaping supplier.
Benefits of Compost
Compost adds organic matter to your lawn’s soil and improves the overall structure of the dirt. It works by boosting microorganism content within the soil which, in return, helps convert organic matter (such as fallen leaves) into nutrients that your turf grass can use.
Spread about 1/4″ of compost evenly across the lawn using a compost spreader or wheelbarrow and rake. Never top-dress the lawn with more than ½” at a time.
Topdressing with compost helps reduce the effects of drought stress, disease and insect damage. It helps maintain moisture within the soil and provides an ideal environment for grass seedlings to mature. Think of it as a protective, nourishing addition to your lawn.
Utilizing core lawn aeration, in addition to using an effective top dressing to your turf grass will boost your lawn. You will see improvement as grass becomes thicker, greener and more hearty.
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Too Much or Too Little Water.
All lawns are subject to lawn diseases, but malnourished and ill-maintained lawns are most susceptible. Most lawn diseases are caused by some type of fungus that invades the soil and grass blades. Fungal spores can be spread across your lawn by wind, rain, insects, contaminated soil and foot traffic on wet grass.
Common lawn diseases include:
All of these lawn diseases, except mushrooms, can cause serious lawn damage. Proper treatments are essential to eliminate existing lawn diseases and prevent them from spreading. If you notice bare spots; brown or yellow spots; dead patches of grass; white, cob-web like spots; bright green patches; or reddish-brown grass blades, contact your local lawn care professional who can help you with lawn care questions on specific lawn diseases.
Choose a Pond that Fits Your Landscape and Imagination.
Want your landscaper or garden to become vivid and relaxing? Adding a pond or water feature will enhance your landscape and providing fresh water to encouraging the essential pollinators, such as birds, bees, butterflies, frogs, and other small wildlife to your garden.
Inspiration is the first step. There are so many choices to consider:
These ideas, ranging in size from small containers to very large ponds that cover large landscapes and variety of terrain. Once you know the style you’re after, you can start the real work of planning and building.
It’s probably obvious but, the larger the pond, the more likely you are to need professional help with the planning and installation, the greater the cost, and amount of ongoing maintenance work. This said, some of the smaller ponds can be costly too, depending on the choice of materials and whether you buy them new or used.
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A Texas Superstar Plant
How to Care for Petunias? Petunias are versatile annuals, providing a bounty of bright color from early summer until fall. Petunias are a traditional choice for containers, any type will work and adapt to life on a patio or balcony. Heat and drought-tolerant, petunias are tough plants that thrive with minimal care.
Care for Petunias
Place the container where the petunias receive a minimum of five to six hours of bright sun per day. Eight hours of sun is better, as a full day of sunlight results in plentiful blooming.
This deep yellow shrub rose named ‘Grandma's Yellow’ is upright and bushy. ‘Grandma's Yellow’ flower is deep yellow with 17–25 petals and it repeat blooms from spring until the first hard frost. Its new leaves have a shade of bronze, then turn dark green. Flowers have a light and spicy fragrance. With a full sun exposure, it reaches 4 feet to 5 feet in height and 3 feet width. It is a repeat bloomer from spring until frost and is quite disease resistant. This Texas Superstar is one of many.
Exposure: Full sun for at least 6 hours per day
Size: Height — 4–5 feet tall
Plant type: Shrub rose with a floribunda type habit
Planting time: Anytime from containers
Soil type: Well drained slightly acidic soil is best, but it adapts to alkaline clay soils as long as drainage is adequate
Suggested uses: Accent, shrub border with perennials, low hedges, cut flowers
Special notes: Grandma's Yellow rose is hardy through most of the state, but may need some protection in USDA hardiness zone 6; if own root plants are grown, new shoots should sprout from the crown after severely cold winters; it is disease tolerant, but can be attacked by black spot during wet periods mainly in the spring and fall; a few fungicide applications in the spring or during long wet periods will control the disease, but plants tolerate the disease well by readily producing new growth after defoliation; does best with regular watering and fertilization
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Salvias are popular all the world over and are so versatile because they can comfortably fit into many styles of gardens from old fashioned cottage right up to modern simplistic. They grow well here in California where our Mediterranean climate suits them to a tee and they’re loved because of their long bloom time. It’s an added bonus that their non thirsty ways are so appropriate for the water starved western US.
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Prosper, TX is a booming new home market and the good news is that it’s easy to dig new beds, weeds aren’t yet established, and your landscape is on equal footing with the everyone else in the neighborhood. However this also means very basic and bland landscapes.
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