The winter of Texas 2021 has gone down in history as one of the harshest cold weather events of our state. This spring, we will focus on lawn and landscape recovery. We’re sure that many of you folks in the greater Central Texas area are concerned and curious about the next steps you should take to encourage rejuvenation in your yards. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
In this blog, we will discuss the present things we are seeing, what we are doing, and what you can do for:
Turf Health & Fertilization
Trees & Shrubs
In case you missed our early assessment following the longest consecutive freeze on record, feel free to check that out below.
-In this round, we focus on new growth that will strengthen your lawn and choke out weeds.
-A deeper and thicker root structure will be developed, and we also concentrate on weed control.
-After the freeze, we’ve been holding off on some pre-emergent applications on Bermuda lawns for the last 2 weeks; we’ll be resuming these soon. We do this to give the turf and root system all of the time it needs to get out of shock and emerge from dormancy.
-For those who did not receive the pre-emergent in Round 2, you’ll receive it in Round 3.
What you can do:
Mowing – To eliminate all the dead grass and help lawn recovery, we recommend mowing your lawn.
–You’ll want to mow low, 1 to 2 notches lower than normal, and bag the leftover clippings to reduce the spread of weeds. This mowing practice will remove old, dead growth leftover from last year and encourage new growth with a fast green-up this spring.
-Here are the appropriate lawn heights to follow for different grass varieties for our area.
-Check out our blog about the myth that mowing spreads weeds!
Watering – You should water based on the temperature!
-For the rest of the year, create a percentage based on average daytime highs. For example, 70 degrees is 70% demand or .7 inches per week.
-Too much water in the spring may lead to fungus, so be careful you don’t over-water!
Trees & Shrubs
What we’re seeing:
Freeze Damage – we’ve seen a lot of freeze damage on our trees and shrubs.
-As a result, you’ll notice the leaves and limbs of plants appear injured or dead.
-Due to the damage that we are seeing, we speculate that it will take nearly three months before you see a really good recovery of your trees & shrubs.
-Smaller shrubs and North-facing plants got hit the worst so they will take longer to show signs of recovery.
What we’re doing:
Deep Root Feeding – We are currently on Round 2 of our tree and shrub care program.
-This includes deep root feeding which will improve the health and rejuvenation of your trees and shrubs.
-By doing this, the nutrients lost by the freeze are supplemented.
-Our deep root feeding uses a balanced fertilizer that contains biostimulant and micronutrients. Vitamins, bio nutrition, and trace-elements will then be transported to your plants. As a result, the uptake of water and all nutrients is improved as well as blooming and fruit production of your plants, shrubs, and trees!
What you can do:
Mulching – Apply 2 to 3 inches of natural, organic mulch over the planted area to help warm up the soil and aid in recovery.
-To avoid contact with the trunk and stems, keep the mulch 2 to 3 inches away.
-Mulch piled against any tree, shrub, or plant trunk will increase the chances of stem rot!
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