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In addition to regular lawn care in DFW, such as mowing and weed eating, maintaining a healthy yard can be challenging when issues such as thatching occur. Thatching is caused by the dead roots and stems of your lawn becoming too thick which can prevent oxygen, water, and other nutrients from reaching the good, viable, root system.
The process of dethatching is often confused with aeration. However, unlike aeration, which allows nutrients such as oxygen, fertilizers, and water to reach the root system of your grass, dethatching is done to remove dead roots and stems found between your grass and the soil. Some thatch can actually be protective, but when it’s over ½ inch thick it should be taken care of in order to keep your lawn looking its best.
Thatching happens when grass is producing new growth faster than it can be broken down. This can occur for several different reasons which include:
- Compacted, poorly draining soil
- Watering too often and too lightly
- Nitrogen levels which are too high and constantly push new growth
- Fungicides used excessively which kill off microbes that help break up organic matter.
Dethatching can be done at any time of year, but it’s not recommended in the springtime due to the transition from dormant to active grass growth. It is also not recommended during extreme drought. If you have a small lawn, a dethatching rake can be used to remove the dead roots and stems, but a larger yard will require heavier equipment. It can be labor intensive, and isn’t as easy as it may look online. Making sure not to get the dethatching blades into the soil can be tricky. Just the thatch, itself, should be removed. If not, it can be forced deeper into the soil and not much progress will be made. This is why many homeowners opt to have a professional do their dethatching.
The experts at All Seasons Landcare can conduct a thorough analysis of your lawn and determine if dethatching is needed. With many lawns in North Texas, dethatching may be needed at least once a year. However, some lawns require bi-annual dethatching to keep the grass as healthy as possible. Prior to dethatching, the lawn should be cut a little shorter than usual. This allows for easier removal of the thatch and lessens the possibility of it falling back into the soil.
After dethatching, depending on the time of year, aeration and then fertilizing can encourage grass growth. Whether your lawn needs dethatching, aeration, fertilization, or a combination of all three, to keep it healthy, All Seasons Landcare can ensure the job is done properly and efficiently.
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Constructing a privacy fence from wood, brick, or stone is not the only way to create your own space away from the hectic hustle and bustle of the Dallas Fort Worth area. Building a border or barrier with plants, shrubs, or trees can provide all of the privacy of a traditional fence and offer more flexibility. Privacy landscaping not only looks appealing, it can be designed in ways that standard fences can not. It can also provide noise buffering in high traffic areas and offer a nice backdrop to almost any space.
There are many varieties of screening plants recommended by Texas gardening and horticulture expert Neil Sperry for the DFW climate. They include:
Eastern Red Cedar Juniper (to 35 ft.)
Little Gem Magnolia (to 30 ft.)
Teddy Bear Magnolia (to 20 ft.)
Nellie R. Stevens Holly (to 18 ft.)
Yaupon Holly (to 16 ft.)
Oakland Holly (to 10 ft.)
Mary Nell Holly (to 10 ft.)
Waxleaf Ligustrum (to 10 ft.)
Willowleaf Holly (to 8 ft.)
Glossy Abelia (to 7 ft.)
Elaeagnus (to 7 ft.)
Sea Green Juniper (to 6 ft.)
Lady Banksia Rose
Confederate Star Jasmine
Madame Galen Trumpet Creeper
Sweet Autumn Clematis
These plants normally bloom from spring into early fall, so the type of trellis or arbor you pick will determine the amount of privacy you will still have once the plants are no longer blooming.
Trellises can be purchased from large home improvement stores or local nurseries and are usually made of wood, metal, or vinyl. Popular styles include fan, ladder, and diamond shaped designs. However, you can also create your own trellis from more unique materials such as copper piping.
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