Summer Maintenance

Summer months can be tough on your grass; especially here in Southeast Texas. Several of the varieties we grow are licensed from a company called Sod Solutions and they have some good maintenance tips on their website as well as some videos about how to maintain the different varieties of grasses. These tips and videos are designed specifically for their proprietary grasses but they work well in general for each major type of grass like St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia. Listed below are some of their quick tips but click on the link to check out the full article and the videos for each type of grass. From the Sod Solutions article: Some things to keep in mind are: - Sandy soils usually require more water to keep the turf healthy because sand drains faster than clay or heavier soils. - As a general rule, the further South you are, the longer your growing season, which means that your lawn may require increased fertilization. - Grass...
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Water Conservation

Water and its conservation is becoming a really hot topic in Texas and around the nation over the last few years. We fill up our ponds with rain water as much as we can but still have to supplement with water wells. The wells are monitored by the Harris Galveston Subsidence District so they know how much water we pump and that we don't pump more than we're permitted to take. There is some good info on their website about water conservation as well as links to get a permit to drill a water well and other permits related to water use. Texas A&M has a some really good information about water conservation on their website as well. There's a section for Homeowners, Agriculture, Wildlife & Fisheries, and a couple of others. Under the Homeowners section they talk about Saving Water, Sprinklers & Irrigation, Landscaping, Plants & Trees, and a few other topics as well. They have a good section about how much...
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Back At It

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day holiday! We got a nice rain Sunday night which cooled and refreshed the grass! That kept us from harvesting on Monday but we're back at it today! This pic is from last week sometime but the point is we're harvesting again today trying to catch up from the backlog. Thanks for your patience! ...
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How Much Soil Does A Turfgrass Farm Deplete?

This is a question we get asked all the time and we usually tell people, "Not as much as you'd think." We mow and mow and mow about 9 months out of the year and all those grass clippings decompose and go back into the soil. Plus all the fertilizer and sometimes lime that we put on the fields help retain the soil. Here's an article from the Turgrass Producers International organization that goes into some detail about how much is lost or gained and some of the studies that have been done on soil depletion. It's only three pages long and not too technical so check it out if you've ever wondered about this topic. How Much Soil Does a Turfgrass Farm Deplete?...
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