Category Archives: Lawns/Turf

2015 Landscape & Irrigation Symposium

Join Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as we present the 2015 Landscape & Irrigation Symposium at Constellation Field in Sugar Land on Friday, November 13th. The program is designed to provide the green industry with the latest information on water management. Register         7:00 – 8:15 a.m.                Vendor Setup and Registration 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.                Why Invest in Conservation Practices and Technologies  John O’Donnell 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.            … Read More →

Plant Health Workshop

The Plant Health Workshop is an annual cooperative program between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Organic Horticulture Benefits Alliance that focuses on managing plant pests with less pesticides. This year’s event features speakers on Transitioning to Sustainable Landscape Practices, Laws and Regulations Update, Pollinator Protection, New Landscape Pests, and Rose Rosette. AgriLife Horticulture agents will also conduct a tour of the ongoing research and demonstration plantings at the Harris County Extension Office. Click here to register!

Lawn Fertilization

How much fertilizer does my lawn need? What kind should I use? And when should I apply it? Great questions. Glad you asked! Here in the Houston area our lawns are warm season turf species such as St. Augustine, zoysia and bermudagrass. These turf species benefit from supplemental fertilizing during the growing season to maintain their density. However many residents overfertilize their lawns. This results in nutrients lost to runoff, which can contribute to pollution of our water. Overfertilizing also result in shallow rooted turf that is more… Read More →

Time to Evaluate Your Irrigation System

We are coming to the end of a hot, dry summer; and it is time to think about how well your irrigation system performed. Did you know? In urban areas, about 25% of the water supply is used for landscape and garden watering. Most lawns receive twice as much water as they require. There are several things to consider when evaluating your current system. The ideal irrigation system will give plants an adequate amount of water without waste. Properly zone the system so the turf areas are watered… Read More →

The Secret to a Beautiful Lawn

Great lawns are the result of basic attention to three simple practices: mowing, watering and fertilizing. Mowing Frequent mowing creates a denser, more attractive lawn. Your mowing frequency will depend on how short you cut the grass. There is a direct relationship between taller grass height and more extensive root development. A strong root system is better able to handle the demands of summer. The goal is to mow often enough to remove about 1/3 of the leaf blade each time you mow. So the lower you set… Read More →