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Those pesky worms in your Live Oak trees, arrive in mid
April. They are known by many names:
inchworms, Webworms, Bagworms, etc etc.
They can be quite devastating due to the amount of foliage they can remove
from a tree in a very short time. With out foliage, photosynthesis cannot
occur. Fortunately, they are short lived insects. Live Oaks, like
most trees, have the ability to produce several crops of foliage during
the season. However, repeated attacks year after year by these nasty
little worms will cause tree fatalities. If your trees are prone to heavily defoliation,
the best course of action would be our preventative worm program, which we
Texas Two Step Program.
Post-emergent weed control
should be applied right now. Post-emergents kill weeds that have already
germinated. Post-emergents are an effective way to control
Most trees and
shrubs should be fertilized mid March thru May. Deep root method with a
bio-stimulant is my recommendation, low in potassium for central Texas.
When To Fertilize Trees
Treat for Fire Ants Now or you will be sorry
Fire Ant Treatment
During the late winter and early spring,
the root systems of most warm season grasses decline, and as spring
progresses, new vigorous roots develop. This time of year is a critical
time in this process and these roots should not be disturbed. Aeration
should wait until the grass is vigorously growing,
Mulch your beds now.
How to Mulch
After a winter
of not mowing, many of us are reluctant to get the mower out and start
mowing. Watch the lawn, and if the growth is sufficient, mow.
Never mow the grass short the first
few time. This is wrong. Scalping the lawn is never good, and can only
lead to a weakened root system, as you are reducing the grasses ability to
make food for itself, by reducing foliage mass, and therefore reducing
overall photo-synthesis. Also scalping brings sunlight to the soil,
causing increased germination of weeds.
Dead spots in St. Augustine grass is often
grub damage done last fall. Grubs feed from the roots, destroying
carbohydrate reserves used for spring growth.
You should have already pruned your
flowering plants, trees and shrubs, now it is to late.
When to prune Live Oaks Trees - Temple, Belton and Harker Heights Texas
Brown patch often forms in cooler wet temperatures. Although it is
tempting to water to try and green it up, your lawn actually needs very
little water this time of year.
Brown Patch - Lawn Fungal Problems
Lawn Fertilizers applied this time
of year should have low Nitrogen levels to avoid feeding fungal problems
such as brown patch and grey leaf spot. Look for lower Nitrogen, but
higher Iron levels. (I recommend a 24-5-11 With 6% iron) Avoid any
fertilizer ratios higher than 27% nitrogen. example: 27-5-11 or 29-5-11
Too much water can be
devastating to most plants, including trees. There is no need to water
established trees. If the weather is mild and dry, water newly planted
trees thoroughly, as needed.
Consistent monitoring is they key to
healthy plants. Remember, it is easier to keep a healthy plant healthy,
than it is to try to rejuvenate a sick one.
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