Your lawn is growing at its fastest pace of the year. And, whether it’s a small patch of grass or something expansive, you’d probably like to do all that you can to keep it happy and vigorous. To that end, I’ve assembled some facts and fallacies of summertime lawn care here in North Texas. I think you’ll find them of use over the upcoming months.
That means that their most active growth comes in the warmest months. May bridges the gap. The soil has warmed sufficiently that new grass will take root and start growing immediately, but it’s still cool enough (for a short while longer) that you won’t have to water the new grass twice daily as it gets started.
It happens to almost every buffalo grass lawn in an urban setting. And because Bermuda is equally drought-tolerant to buffalo grass, you might as well go with Bermuda from the outset — you’ll have it eventually.
If you see balding spots in St. Augustine, and especially if they’re near tree trunks and other places that are the shadiest parts of your yard, planting more grass of any kind will not solve the problem. You’ll have to remove one or two low branches or change to a shade-tolerant ground cover.
Thinning the trees is only a temporary fix, and it’s very short-term in most cases.
Oh, if only our state would only require proof of these claims before these things could be sold. But sold they are, to the tune of millions of dollars every year.
If the product claims to improve lawn and landscape growth, yet it doesn’t list any nutritional ingredients on its label (as a true fertilizer is required to do), it’s probably suspect. Look for test data from university research — not from private labs and personal testimonials.
If you can’t find good, repeatable research, and if the claims are weak, just move on. Maybe merchants will get the idea as the dust starts to collect. Your grass won’t grow any better when you waste good money on these snake oils.
Your lawn can survive once-a-week irrigation in water shortage emergencies, even in 100-degree weather. The grass may not be lush, but it will survive to live in another, more favorable season. And if you have a sprinkler system, but if you haven’t installed a “smart” controller just yet, that purchase alone could save you hundreds of dollars each year. They’re amazing.not
Keep mowing your lawn at the recommended height.
It’s not easy being a lawn here in North Texas in summertime, but lawns can survive. They represent significant investments in our home properties, so it’s in your best interest to keep things perking along at least at a modest pace. Thinking positive thoughts about rain can’t hurt, either.