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We have compiled the most frequently asked questions below as a tool to assist you in determining answers to landscaping questions you might have. If you have a question that you do not see in the

list below, please click here and send us your question.

 

 

 

 

FAQ

What are the dead looking patches in my lawn?
There are a large number of diseases (around 100, in fact) that your lawn can contract, so accurate diagnosis may require the help of an expert. Generally speaking, however, in Texas, brown, red or dead patches in your yard can most often be attributed to the following conditions:

  • In the Spring – Necrotic Ring Spot
  • In the Early Summer – Red Thread / Dollar Spot
  • In mid Summer – Summer Patch
Does planting depth matter?
Yes, absolutely. If installed below grade (or surface level) most plants will suffocate or drown resulting in failing health and eventual depth. In general plants should be installed with approximately 20% of the root ball above grade. Do not cover the exposed root ball with soil. Instead use a thin layer of mulch (one to two inches thick maximum) to help retain moisture and inhibit weed growth.
Are there guidelines regarding the watering of newly installed landscape plants?
Yes. Watering is vital for establishing newly planted trees and shrubs. However, over-watering is a common mistake that forces oxygen out of the soil around the roots and can lead to death of a shrubs and trees. A good indication of too much water is yellowing of the foliage that develops first on the inside leaves and progresses to outer leaves. Of course every plant is different, so it is important to find out the correct guidelines for your specific plant.

 

PESTS AND PLANTS

For the East Texas region, there are specific insect and plant pests to be aware of because of the threat they pose to your landscaping. The most dangerous of these is listed below.

With recent rains and the sudden spike in temperature, we’ve received quite a few calls about how to deal with garden pests. Texas is certainly known for its critters, big and small, but harsh chemicals are not always the answer.

 

Its important to think of your yard as an ecosystem. You depend on it for beauty, recreation, to add value to your property. If you have pets its also their home and play area. Then there are the native wildlife, beneficial insects, and the many streams, aquifers, and water sources that are connected to it. That’s why its so important to be smart about how we deal with pests, so we can avoid poisoning our pets and other beneficial critters or contaminating our water supply.

 

The first thing you need to determine is do you really have an infestation, or did you just notice one or two pests that you’d rather do without. If your yard is healthy, those bad bugs won’t last long as they fall prey to beneficial insects like ladybugs or get eaten by birds. If you truly have an infestation, there is a process to follow.

 

Bottom line yes bugs aren’t our favorite things, but they are part of our ecosystem. So we do have to deal with them—to an extent. We just have to make sure that we do it in a way that is both considerate of our larger community and that truly gets to the heart of the big problem.