Five recommendations to protect your landscape from the upcoming freezing temperatures: Make sure your sprinkler system is winterized. Place an insulation material around the backflow and pipes.
1- Bring potted plants inside the garage, shred or the house, someplace not that warm.
2- If you have some mulch, cover around the base of the plants. Most native and perennial outdoor plants will survive if we protect roots. Do not trim any plant as the leaves and branches work as insulators for the roots.
3- With the help of a hose, water the soil on Sunday to keep the ground moist and protect the roots of the plants. Try not to water the leaves and stems.
4- Cover the whole plant with insulated covers, horticultural fleece, blankets or any heavy sheet to protect from the cold wind. Most plant damage is due to the wind. Plastic is not recommended.
5- After the freezing has passed, do not panic if you see some damaged plants. Most plants will be back in the Springtime. Also, we will fertilize those plants to help them recover.
For those in our lawn programs A & B, we have been fertilizing your plants since Fall to make them strong enough for hard weather conditions.
Summer weeds include but are not limited to:
– Dove Weed.
– Virginia Buttonweed.
These are only a few of the grassy and broadleaf weeds that we at Green-ER want to make sure we are not only removing from your lawn and flowerbeds but ascertaining they won’t germinate again.
One of our goals here at Green-ER is to provide you with the clean weed free yard and flowerbeds your home deserves. As a weed control company, we endeavor to find the best products to keep your property clean of all weeds. Especially now during the summer months, we want to make sure we’re taking care of Sedge, Dallisgrass, Crabgrass, Kyllinga, Dove weed and Virginia Buttonweed. These are only a few of the grassy and broadleaf weeds that we at Green-ER want to make sure we are not only removing from your lawn and flowerbeds but ascertaining they won’t germinate again.
Watering has Resumed!
Start by watering the grass and flower beds TWICE per week at 5am and again at 6am. This specific timing will help to avoid issues with fungus caused by our high humidity.
Please, be aware that this recommendation will be updated often as the temperatures start to rise.
Grass is starting to grow. Give it a hand by LIGHTLY RAKING dead and dry grass blades, and also, by removing tree leaves and debris. This will give the grass space to breathe and get enough sunlight.
This is a good time to heavily trim any bushes or trees before it gets too hot. Also, mulching is recommended.
Inspect your irrigation system now to make sure all areas of the lawn and beds are getting enough water. Do not wait until Summer to do any repairs or it can be too late. At GreenER, we can assist you with the Irrigation schedule.
If you are looking into getting new flowers, ones that we recommend are IMPATIENTS. Impatients grow in the Spring, Summer and Fall. There are two varieties to choose from depending on your needs: For shade areas and full sun. LANTANAS are a good option too. These are perennials, can grow in full sun and can be planted around big trees.
Do any planting before it gets too hot. New grass, plants and flowers must be established before Summer arrives.
Start with an irrigation check
Get ahead and avoid water waste. It is a good time to inspect your sprinkler system for any leaks. This is how:
1. Turn on the main irrigation valve -usually located between the City main water valve and the backflow valve.
2. Next, turn on the back flow valves -using a screwdriver, turn the two small screws clockwise to open flow.
3.Then, from the irrigation control panel, test the system. Turn to manual station option and add a couple of minutes to each zone.
4. Now, visually inspect each zone carefully for leaks, broken heads, and displaced nozzles.
Time for a spring clean-up
This is the only time of the year when it is appropriate to hard trim any type of shrub or tree.
When prunning dry or dead stems off a plant, leave a couple inches of stem above ground. That will make it easier to identify where the plant is. Also, avoid covering it with mulch.
Crepe Myrtles should be trimmed occasionally (every couple of years). If they are closer to the house, once a year trimming is recommended.
Using a high pressure washer, wash off any black scale residue on the bark of the Crepe Myrtles, or any moss on the live Oak trees.
Is it time to fertilize?
We are getting there! However, the grass and plants will only benefit from fertilization when they start showing signs of growth and they get fully out of dormancy. GreenER will schedule it right when the time comes.
Discover why and how you can use fertilizer in your lawn.
If you have lived long enough in Houston, then you’ll know that most of the soil is made of hard compact clay that provides little to no nutritional value for any growing plants. In order to achieve the iconic look with thick dark green grass, fertilizer is a necessity. In order to ensure the health and continued growth of your shrubs and trees, fertilizer is a must.
The fertilization of your lawn and shrubs should be handled with care. Too little fertilizer and the effects on your plant life will be minimal to none. On the other hand, too much fertilizer can burn the grass and leave you with spots all over your yard. That’s why we at Green-ER take the responsibility to fertilize your lawn and shrubs with the necessary care and precision needed to elevate your plant life. As a fertilization company, we aim to elevate the appearance and overall health of your lawn and shrubs.
Upon arrival at your property, a Green-ER technician will measure out the appropriate amount of fertilizer needed to properly cover your whole lawn. We have the experience and understanding of how to properly maintain all the most common grasses found in Houston: St Augustine, Bermuda and Zoysia Grass. As an added measure to assure the proper fertilization of your shrubs, we hand measure the fertilizer for each individual shrub and make certain that our fertilizer isn’t being needlessly spilt and reaching the shrubs where they can make the most use of it.
In the case of larger plants such as palm trees, we also provide fertilization with a special blend of fertilizer made just to help them grow. Now is the time to fertilize your lawn and shrubs and reap the rewards.
The weather is getting warmer and you are eager to go outside, enjoy your lawn, entertain friends outdoors and see your flowers and plants bloom. However, what you actually see are weeds popping everywhere in the lawn and flower beds and your lawn is not really looking like the dreamy Spring lawn you deserve.
What probably happened here was that these weeds started germinating at the end of Winter as your lawn was not protected against them and there was no pre-emergent control applied to avoid this issue.
At GreenER, we can take care of this problem for you. It is still a good time to apply pre-emergent and avoid the same issue during the Summer months. Also, we use post-emergent products to attack these already grown weeds in the lawn and in your flower beds.
However, this is not enough. Our most important task during the Spring is to prepare the grass to compete with those weeds by feeding it with a nutrient dense fertilizer. A strong grass will not only give you the greenest look in the neighborhood but will prevent further issues with diseases and weeds.
Here at GreenER, we are proud to have developed our proprietary blend of micro and macro nutrients to fertilize your lawn so, once it is for all, you can relax in your lush lawn.
What YOU Can do.
One of our goals here at Green-ER is to provide you with the clean weed-free yard and flowerbeds your home deserves. As a weed control company, we endeavor to find the best products to keep your property clean of all weeds. Especially now during the spring months, we at Green-ER want to make sure we are not only removing the weeds from your lawn and flowerbeds, but making sure they won’t germinate again.
Upon arrival at your home a technician with Green-ER will do an inspection of your property to make sure we are correctly handling all your weed control needs on both your lawn and flowerbeds. In order to maintain the necessary upkeep, your home requires that we come out once every month to provide a different service and to check on the progress of previous services. That means that if we see any weeds we can immediately handle them. Our weed control services come as a two part attack on weeds by not only doing a Post-Emergent Weed Control but additionally we also do a Pre-Emergent Weed Control to stop the future germination of weeds in your lawn or flowerbeds.