Wow, is the rain only for Houston or what? Well, it seems like we'll be in the clear for a few days at least, but in the meantime it's time to whip the landscape back into shape and get those sprinklers going again. In the month of March, we usually recommend to fertilize the lawn, trees, and shrubs and apply a pre-emergent (weed killer) to the entire lawn. You will want to do this now because the temperature is just right for your first fertilizer/pre-emergent application of the year. If you wait too long, you may miss the opportune time and the effectiveness of the applications may be minimal. If you want your lawn to look good in the Summer, you have to start now.Just like the lawn, your flowerbeds also can also benefit from the same 2 applications. To avoid a flowerbed weed frenzy, try to keep the mulch at least 2 to 3 inches thick and make sure it's quality mulch or you just may be adding to the problem yourself. A word to the wise, not all mulches are the same and may contain weed seed. Ask your local vendor how the mulch is produced and that should give you a better idea what it may contain other than wood.
Around this time of year our temps begin to fluctuate which is good for us but bad for our grass. With our nighttime lows in the 70's and moisture from our sprinkler systems and recent showers, Brown Patch is bound to flare up in low areas of our properties where water has no outlet. It forms a circular ring of dead sod and another small circular ring within it that is usually still green. Once it surfaces you can no longer get rid of it but you can prevent it from spreading by applying a granular or liquid fungicide. Brown Patch thrives on excessive moisture and cool temperatures but can be prevented if we can adjust our sprinkler controllers to water about half of what it's set for right now. I personally have not irrigated my landscape for over a week now and all seems well. Moral of the tip, it's time to scale back your irrigation schedule if you haven't already. Yes I'm sure it will get exceptionally warm again but i believe the scorching heat is gone until 2015.
Only in Houston will you experience a nice sunny and hot day outside grilling then wake up to a winter wonderland. Frozen car windows, frozen and broken branches and a busted PVB and in need of a sprinkler repair and removal of tree branches from your yard. Look at this frozen yet beautiful tree & this interesting car window after rolling it down gotta love Houston!!!