Happy Summer! Now that the rains have slightly slowed down, and the sun is out (and the wonderful humidity is here), I’ve been seeing more people watering their yards and also hearing questions like “why is my grass brown?”
Before we dive into that, I want to fully acknowledge that I’m not a plant disease expert and I can’t diagnose many problems…but I can pick out a few! So, I wanted to point you to some good resources that may help you determine what type of lawn problem you’re having and offer solutions on how to fix it.
I also want to point out that a lot of plant problems come from having too much water (cough, rain, over irrigating, cough) and look surprisingly similar to problems with not enough water. Too much water do just as much damage as not enough water (like drowning a plant, keeping the roots too wet, fungal and rotting disease); so the answer isn’t always to throw more water on the yard. Especially with the continued rains, the soil still isn’t dried out enough to really need additional water yet.
Summer Patch disease
The turf and disease experts in the state are undoubtedly the Aggies. When I last checked, their AggieTurf website was undergoing updates and expected to be up and running by July 2015. However, the old site is still there and has some great information and some decent pictures of turf disease. The Texas A&M turf researchers tend to be very analytical and formal with their responses, which makes some of their site not so easy reading. They are also quick to provide information on which chemicals to use, which I hope are always used as a last resort.
The City of Austin’sGrow Green programhas a much easier to understand format, by using a chart that you basically answer simple questions to find the type of lawn disease you have. Their worksheet also tells you what is causing the issue and how to solve it, in a more friendly way. The Grow Green program offers a variety of methods—from organic, to so quite as organic!
So, it’s shocking to me how much things can change in a month! I wrote the blog about Lake Georgetown being just over half-full and took the picture at the top at that time. You can see on the far side of the lake all of the white intake pipes sticking out of the water. […]
Lots of rain happening of late, thanks to El Nino! It has delayed any outdoor watering so far this year, which is great. If you happened to turn your irrigation system controller on before the rains came, hopefully you have a rain sensor (a.k.a. rain shut-off device) or other weather system that will prevent your sprinkler […]
The weather has been hit or miss so far this spring for getting a little spring cleaning yard work done, but I’m not going to complain about the wet weekends!! The wildflowers have been gorgeous (check out my pictures) AND the rain has meant we haven’t had to turn on our sprinklers yet this year, which […]
Of all the City of Round Rock departments you know about—Utilities, Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Police, Fire, etc.—which group springs to mind when you think of exercise and fitness? You didn’t name “Library”, did you? And yet–so far–this year’s Million Mile Month participation by City of Round Rock includes more entries from the library than from any other […]
As a certain mid-April deadline approaches, queues for Foundation Communities’ Community Tax Center assistance at the library are lengthening, but not as much as you’d think. Ever since the sessions opened up back in January, area residents have been streaming in with hopes of completing their returns well and in a timely fashion. For those among you […]
All the late winter rains have been great, and I can’t wait to see all of the wildflowers that should soon be blooming! Hopefully, most of the rain did some good on your property, rather than just runoff. One way to keep water on your lawn and help you have a stronger, healthier yard, is […]
It may be spring break, but folks in Round Rock never stop doing their homework. The Improvements for Your Home display tower on second floor requires constant monitoring to refill empty slots: volumes of wiring tips, bathroom plans, room makeovers, repair techniques and such are snapped up by residents determined to get the target project […]
The week of March 16-20, marks the EPA’s WaterSense program’s Fix a Leak Week to encourage families to check for water leak and drips in their bathrooms, kitchens, and yards–and fix them! Check out this cute video on how to accomplish this: An easy way to determine if you may have a leak , is to go look at your water […]
This week marks National Groundwater Awareness week , so I wanted to talk about groundwater in general, and some groundwater facts for Round Rock. Generally speaking: Groundwater is the water that soaks into the soil from rain or other precipitation and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand. It is, therefore, a […]