San Marcos Lawn Watering Schedule for Spring

    Spring is finally here and it’s the best time to work on the lawn you’ve always wanted. We thought it’d be a good idea to cover San Marcos lawn watering and how to schedule it. 

    We often get asked, “how often should I water my grass?”.

    Well, to start off, there is no schedule for watering because there are so many factors to consider like last rainfall, humidity, soil content, and so on. Most homeowners actually overwater their lawn, which isn’t good for your lawn or your pocket. Here in San Marcos we’re fortunate enough to have excellent weather but that doesn’t mean it’s hands off for us.

    There are multiple factors to take into consideration when deciding how much and how often to water. It all boils down to your environment – so let’s dig in!

    What’s in Your Soil?

    There are three soil types: clay, sand, and loam. It’s important to know what’s present in your lawn as this is a good indicator of how much water your lawn will need. Each soil type holds a different amount of water and will require a unique watering schedule.

    Clay retains moisture, which means once it’s wet it will stay wet BUT it does take some time for water to seep into clay. So be sure not to apply too much at once otherwise you’ll have runoff.

    Sand holds less moisture as it doesn’t have much organic matter. You may need to water more often because water will seep through faster.

    Loam is a mix between sand and clay, so it holds a moderate amount of water and won’t need watering so often.

    If you’re not sure what you have (don’t worry, most people don’t), we can assess your lawn to put you on the right track. Even throughout New Braunfels, Kyle, and San Marcos there are a wide range of soil types – which we can identify for you or you can do some simple tests yourself.

    What Kind of Grass Grows in Your Lawn?

    We don’t want to overcomplicate things, so we made this simple table which covers drought tolerance of different grass species specifically for Central Texas. More drought tolerant means LESS watering on your end.

    San Marcos lawn watering table: drought tolerant grasses: st augustinegrass, zoysiagrass, buffalograss, bermudagrass. drought sensitive: ryegrass

    Important Care Practices that Supplement San Marcos Lawn Watering

    Mowing

    The more often you mow, the thicker your grass will be. Plus, with a thicker lawn less water will evaporate which means more efficient watering. Keep in mind to cut only one-third of the length of your grass at any one time. The reason for this is that it helps promote deep roots for your grass. The deeper the roots, the more available water there is for them. This is especially important for the summer months here in Central Texas and will help prevent your lawn from being scorched.

    Fertilization – Do You Do It?

    Maybe you’re thinking, “how does fertilizer make a difference in my watering schedule?”

    Simple. A well fertilized lawn will be healthier in having more shoot and root growth. Again, deeper roots are able to tap into more water. The deeper your roots the more drought resistant your grass will be. That’s why with freshly laid sod you have to keep it moist, because it has yet to establish roots.

    A lot of people assume that here in Central Texas you don’t need to fertilize because of how green the area is, but that is far from the truth. There are only so many available nutrients in your lawn and eventually your grass will need to be supplemented.

    If you’ve never fertilized, but have questions feel free to reach out. Not every lawn needs the same nutrients. We can diagnose and customize a plan fir for your lawn.

    Read our guide to fertilizing San Marcos lawns.

    Thatch Can Choke Your Lawn

    Thatch is the layer of dead leaves, stems, and roots between the base of your grass and the top of your soil. It’s all the brown you see when you take a deeper look into your grass.

    It’s not bad – eventually it’ll break down into organic nutrients to feed the soil (which is great!) BUT too much buildup can block water from being absorbed into the soil and instead ends up in the street. This indicates that your lawn needs to be aerated.

    Aeration can greatly reduce thatch buildup as well as soil compaction. It pulls small plugs of soil from your lawn allowing more airflow and ease for water to penetrate. Just because you have runoff don’t chalk it up to thatch build up, it could be a case of having more clay in your soil which isn’t able to handle large volumes of water all at once. Our lawn experts can tell you exactly what your lawn needs.

    San Marcos Lawn Watering Schedule?

    We truly wish it was as simple as, “water every Monday and Thursday”. With that mindset, it will be just as easy to overwater or underwater your lawn. You and I both know that Central Texas’ weather changes like no other. 

    Don’t worry! It’s not difficult but it will require being a bit more aware of your surroundings.

    If it’s dry, hot, or windy, you will need to water more often because you’ll be losing a lot of the water due to evaporation. The opposite will be true for more humid, cool and calm days. When you water, water DEEP. With this practice you should average watering every 5 days or so. 

    It’s best to water once your grass begins to show signs of drought stress. At this point, the grass will appear more dull and not bounce back quickly once it’s been stepped on.

    Early morning is the best time to water your lawn because of the cooler temperatures. Second best would be in the evening. We’d recommend morning watering, because water droplets being on your leaves overnight may lead to disease issues.

    Also, if you begin to have any runoff from your lawn, stop watering. Give the soil some time to absorb water and begin watering again.

    San Marcos Lawn Watering is EASY

    Watering is EASY once you know what you’re dealing with. This article isn’t meant to overwhelm you with possibilities, but to help give you answers to any issues you may come across. There’s no one “way” to water your lawn. As we just covered, there are many environmental factors to take into consideration. The most important thing to remember is that there is no set day to water, ALWAYS look for signs of drought before watering. This is the first step to establish a beautiful green lawn – read through our blog for even more tips.

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    If you need it, we’re here to help!

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    San Marcos Lawn Fertilization Ultimate Guide

    With hot summers in San Marcos, to maintain a healthy lawn you need to supplement it with nutrients. Proper watering and a mowing schedule is a great place to start – combine that with proper fertilization and your lawn will have curb appeal to spare! We’ve got an easy-to-follow schedule for San Marcos lawn fertilization for you!

    Since every lawn is different, your lawn will need specific nutrients. That can be done on your end with a soil test. It seems complicated, but giving your lawn the incorrect dosage of nutrients can cause unnecessary diseases and stress.

    In most cases, we recommend fertilizing at least twice a year. Spring and fall are usually safe bets. If you decide to fertilize yourself, pay close attention to the instructions for application. We do not recommend “winging it” because you might end up with a scorched lawn. If you need help, CLC Landscaping has you covered!

    Fertilizing Schedule for Central Texas

    This list helps you keep in mind the needs of your lawn during seasonal windows – the best times for San Marcos lawn fertilization are Early Spring and Fall.

    1. Early Spring (February – April)

    Once you’ve mowed your actively growing lawn once or twice then that is a good sign to fertilize. Your grass has just finished hibernating and could use some help!

    1. Late Spring (April – May)

    You’re pushing it a little, but it can be done. It could also be useful to apply a weed control during this period.

    1. Summer (June – August)

    DO NOT fertilize in the dead of summer. Water evaporates too quickly and will leave the fertilizer to burn your grass.

    1. Fall (September – early October)

    This is a great time to fertilize, because it gives your lawn time to absorb the nutrients and put down deep roots before the frost. DO NOT fertilize right before winter or during as any new growth will just die back, and it will be a waste of fertilizer.

    You can print out this schedule and keep it on your fridge as reminder of when to fertilize your lawn:

    San Marcos fertilization guide infographic

    Do I Need to Call a Pro for San Marcos Lawn Fertilization?

    If you’re not exactly sure what your lawn needs or how to apply fertilizer, then it may be a good idea to call for help. Also, some people may feel uncomfortable handling chemicals and that’s understandable.

    We prioritize you and your family’s safety as well as our own. Our team is highly trained to diagnose your exact lawn care needs.

    We never push something that you don’t need because that’s not how we like to do business. Your lawn is our priority and we take great pride in knowing that you trust us to take care of the job. If you want the best in San Marcos lawn fertilization then look no further, CLC Landscaping has you covered.

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    Fight Weeds BEFORE They Conquer Your Lawn

    Weeds… no one likes them but they just seem to always come back. Here in San Marcos and Central Texas it seems like everything grows with minimal effort – including pesky dandelions and other weeds. It’s a sure way to ruin the look of a luscious, green lawn. It seems that once they start popping up they multiply overnight. It’s best to get the drop on weeds by starting to fight them earlier than you might think. For weed control in San Marcos, you’ve got to fight early and often…

    We’ve got multiple ways to control weeds BEFORE they destroy your curb appeal!

    Pre-Emergent vs Post-Emergent: What?

    How do I know if I need a pre-emergent when there aren’t any weeds?

    Bingo! Pre-emergents actually kill the seeds that are hidden in the thatch of your lawn. They prevent the seeds from sprouting – note that you shouldn’t do this before seeding your lawn with grass seed as many pre-emergents also prevent grass seed from germinating (sprouting).

    The best time to apply a pre-emergent is during the early spring and fall. For now we’re going to focus on spring application, but we’re not going to apply on a specific day, we want to apply a pre-emergent when the soil temperature reaches about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a simple kitchen thermometer for this! Weeds such as crabgrass germinate at 55 degrees, and so we want to have our herbicide on the ground before it’s too late.

    If you see any weeds… it’s time for a post-emergent. It’s important to understand that at this point pre-emergent herbicides will have little to no effect on already sprouted weeds – the ones you can see hide the many already germinated seeds that you can’t see just yet!

    Every lawn is different, and so you may only deal with a select variety of weeds or maybe your lawn seems to grow everything but grass. It’s important that you purchase the herbicide for your specific weed problem. There are many plant identification apps you can use to figure out exactly what you’re fighting.

    Just to add, manually removing weeds is an option if you don’t mind the work.

    What Should I Use, Granules or Liquid?

    Granules can be applied using a broadcast spreader or even shaking the contents from a cup. It can be effective as a pre-emergent (make sure to water it in to activate it, according to the direction on the packaging), but is not so ideal as a post-emergent. Post-emergence are more effective if they come into contact with the leaves of the weed, and that is less likely to occur with a granule.

    Liquid herbicides work well as both a pre and post-emergent. Most sprayers can be bought pump action ready to be used immediately. Liquid works extremely well as a post-emergent, because it allows you to be more accurate with what you want to get rid of. Be careful with sprayable post-emergents to confirm they won’t hurt your grass or shrubs (or, be extra careful applying them to only hit weeds!)

    The Ultimate Weed Control in San Marcos

    A healthy lawn does more than any chemical application could do. A thick and luscious lawn outcompetes weed growth and naturally suppresses the germination rate. Weeds are just looking for a place to grow, they are the ultimate opportunist. The less space you give them, the less space they take.

    There’s a common saying, “you give a weed an inch and it takes a yard”. There’s no quick solution for weed control, but instead you can apply preventative measures to minimize your workload later in the season.

    If you have a busy schedule this can be a lot to look after, which is why we’re here to help. Many of our customers feel uneasy handling herbicide treatments and we understand their concern. Our team consists of highly trained individuals who take the right precautions to protect you and your family as well as ourselves.

    Every home owner deserves a lawn to feel proud of – it starts with CLC Landscaping.

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    San Marcos Lawn Mowing 101

    Just like us, grass gets excited for when Spring comes around and it’s almost unreal how quickly it grows, especially here in Central Texas. Optimum temperatures and good sunlight is all your grass (initially) needs to get growing. San Marcos lawn mowing is a breeze, once you know what you’ve got to do.  

    We’re going to go over a couple key practices to keep in mind. Here at CLC Landscaping, we are lawn care experts and these are some of our tried-and-true tips for you to implement at home.

    Mower Performance

    When was the last time you had the blades of your mower sharpened?

    “I didn’t know that was a thing” is the most common answer – you’re not alone.

    A dull blade will end up tearing the grass rather than make a clean cut. Clean cuts reduce the chance of disease and brown tips occurring, especially in long-bladed grass like St Augustine.

    What’s your mowers’ height setting?

    This is essential, as we don’t want to mow more than 1/3rd of the total height of your grass. Mowing more than a 3rd of your grass’ height will encourage more blade growth rather than root development. Having stronger and deeper roots means your grass will be more resistant to drought and other stresses. Many people experience a dry and brown lawn during the hotter months, and in most cases this can be traced back to shallow root growth. 

    Yes, it’s easier to mow every three weeks and give your yard a buzz cut. Do we recommend it? Absolutely not. A beautiful lawn can never be nurtured from that type of maintenance. It takes consistent mowing to keep your grass at the optimal height for luscious growth. You know better than anyone, grass grows very quick here in San Marcos. Keep your mower in “ready to-go” condition, because you will need it.

    San Marcos Lawn Mowing Best Practices

    When mowing in San Marcos and Central Texas – there are a couple of good habits to pick up:

    Clippings. Clippings. Clippings. Keep them!

    Go ahead and remove the grass catcher and spread the clippings across your lawn. That’s less work for you! No more filling bags with clippings and sneezing from the dust when dumping the catcher. 

    The clippings will decompose and leach into the soil over time, feeding itself! This doesn’t replace fertilizing, but it does lend itself to a greener lawn and healthier soil. Use a rake to evenly spread them and that’s it.

    Avoid mowing after rainfall.

    Yes it’s possible, but not recommended. The grass will be weighed down from the water making it more difficult to get an even cut – not to mention how often your mower will stop due to clogging.

    Also, mowing after a rain will compress the soil from the weight of the mower and your footsteps. Soil compaction makes it more difficult for grass roots to grow. I like to use the example of a dog that runs the same path over and over creating their own little trail. While it’s cute, you most likely won’t get any grass to grow in those areas.

    Spring Lawn Care Made EASY

    We get it, not everyone is like us, and actually gets enjoyment from mowing. Yes, we watch baseball for the striping on the field. We have expert and dependable team members to care for your lawn. You can have your grass cut as often as you’d like. Say bye to pushing a mower around and sneezing all day. We have you covered – choose CLC Landscaping. We take pride in our work and know you will too.

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    Spring Lawn Care San Marcos: Cleanup Time

    We’ve made a very simple Spring Lawn Care San Marcos checklist – so open your tool shed and let’s get to work!

    With warm weather coming in full swing it’s time to take your annual spring cleaning to the outdoors! This is our favorite time of year, who doesn’t love cookouts and the warm sun? Plus, everything looks so beautiful here in Central Texas.

    Step 1: Clean Debris

    Pick up any fallen twigs, branches and leaves. This gives your lawn room to breathe and more sun exposure. Also, this gets rid of any potential hideouts for insects that may damage your lawn. During this time, you can assess the needs of your lawn. Keep an eye out for dead spots or mold that may have grown under the debris. It’s a good idea to save the raking for when the ground is dry as you may tear out the roots of your grass if things are too moist.

    Once your lawn is dry, rake up the leaves and remove any grass that may be damaged. We will seed these areas in the next few weeks. It’s okay that they are bare for now. This is an appropriate time for a pre-emergent weed treatment, which we’ve covered in a previous blog.

    It’s also an ideal time to prune your trees and shrubs. The winter will most likely have caused some die back on your woody plants, so don’t be afraid to prune those dead areas. Pruning also promotes new growth. If you’re unsure what can be cut, we are more than ready to lend a helping hand.

    Step 2: Garden Beds and Softscapes

    Maybe it’s just us, but cleaning a flower bed is one of the most satisfying aspects of our work. It goes such a long way in making your landscape really POP! You can’t prevent everything from growing in your beds, so you most likely have some grass or young weeds beginning to pop up. It’s an opportune time to tackle it while growth is limited. Also, it’s a good time to pull out any annuals left over from the previous year. 

    Rake your beds and pull up anything you don’t want. Most likely you could use some mulch, if you aren’t already mulching, what are you waiting for? Mulch is a lifesaver, it helps prevent weed growth and retains moisture for your plants to grow. It’s a win-win in the landscaping world. If you need help mulching, please get in touch with our office!

    Step 3: Patios and Pathways

    Let’s get these hardscapes looking good as new! Helpful tools: a broom, gravel (maybe not), and a pressure washer.

    Over time the gravel between our walkways gets blown or finds itself in a low spot. Go ahead and sweep the gravel back – it’s not only good for aesthetic purposes but it helps suppress weed growth by blocking the sun from reaching seeds within the soil. This situation may call for some gravel replacement. Once that’s done it’s time to pull out the pressure washer. Now you can get rid of any dirt or leaf stains left on your patio and walkways – it’s incredibly satisfying to watch your walkways suddenly look brand new!

    The Benefits of Spring Lawn Care San Marcos

    Not only does it get you in the mood for what the summer has in store, it’s an essential “makeover” for your lawn. It gives you a starting place to figure out what your lawn needs. Maybe it’s a fertilizer treatment, seeding, or aeration – you won’t know until you can get a clear picture of your lawn.

    If this is something you’d rather not do, and we understand not everyone enjoys landscaping like us, feel free to request a quote or give us a call. If it’s a perfect lawn you want we can help get you there.

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    Core Aeration is the KEY to Your Lawn’s Lasting Health

    Aeration is the process of removing cores of soil from your lawn to allow water, nutrients, and air to reach the grass roots. 

    Why do you need to remove cores of soil? 

    Your lawn is actually compacted throughout the year, and it doesn’t take driving a car on your lawn to compact the soil. It happens from normal everyday use such as walking to the mailbox or kids running in the yard . This compaction can prevent grass from growing or if it does you may end up with a weak and thinning lawn. This is due to the grass not being able to send deep roots into the soil and instead has it’s growth stunted to only the top couple inches. Your lawn may be more prone to drought, and severe changes in weather.

    We always hear, “I’m never able to get grass to grow here”. This is a sign your lawn could benefit from aeration. If you have a tough time sticking a screwdriver into your lawn, imagine how tough it would be for grass to penetrate! Especially here in San Marcos, where we occasionally receive heavy rain, the downpours cause compaction and even more so with foot traffic while the ground is still moist.

    Relieve Compact Soil, See Green Results

    You’ve probably seen the spike attachments that you tie around your shoes so that you can stomp holes around your lawn (imagine how tough that would actually be). Well, they don’t really work as intended. It can actually make the problem worse since you are stomping and compacting the soil even further under your feet.

    We don’t do that… we use core aeration. Our professional grade equipment removes cores or ‘plugs’ of soil from your lawn. This is the most effective and reliable method for aeration. Instead of punching holes into your lawn, it removes soil which will relieve the compaction instead of furthering the damage.

    Why Lawn Care Aeration will Grow the Greenest Lawn You’ve Ever Had:

    • Reduces Thatch – Thatch is a layer of living and dead plant material that is usually seen at the base of your grass. A buildup of thatch can block water and nutrients from reaching your grass while also being a host to lawn diseases and insect pests.
    • More Nutrient Availability – With less thatch build up and more space in your lawn it will allow nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.
    • Thick Luscious Grass and LESS Weeds – Alongside aeration, it’s recommended to overseed the area too. This new grass will fill in the bare spots and holes which will push out weeds. The more your lawn is covered in grass the less of a chance for weed growth.
    • Stronger and Green Luscious Grass – Many clients see their grass quickly die back during the heat of the summer months and this could be in part due to shallow roots. With aeration, the grass can grow deeper and therefore is more protected from the heat because it can reach for more moisture.
    • Prevent Puddling – If your lawn turns into a swamp after a rain you may want to look into this. With aeration your soil will be able to absorb more water and therefore reduce the puddles.
    • Removes Dog Tracks – Dogs somehow find their path and they stick to it day after day until you have a dirt bike track in the yard. That causes severe compaction and no grass will grow/survive unless it’s heavily aerated.

    The Best Time To Aerate Your Central Texas Lawn

    It’s best to aerate in the spring and early fall, on either side of that blistering Texas Summer heat. We recommend the fall because there is less chance of weed invasion with winter soon arriving. Also, the winter should not have a negative effect on the newly seeded grass as long as it was planted early enough to establish a strong root system. It will then go dormant for the winter, and when spring comes around your grass will look BEAUTIFUL and luscious.

    After Aeration: Keeping Your Lawn Green Season after Season

    • Leave the plugs on your lawn – These will decompose over time and add nutrients back into your soil.
    • Fertilize – This is an opportune time to fertilize your grass now that it has the ability to absorb the nutrients. It’ll help establish a stronger root system and a greener lawn over time.
    • Overseed – If you have bare spots on your lawn or areas with weak growth it’s a good idea to seed now that your soil isn’t so compacted.

    The Bottom Line – Central Texas Lawns NEED Core Aeration to Thrive!

    Aeration is a key step in keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful every year. There’s always some compaction happening, even heavy rains can have an impact on your lawn.

    Results are not immediate so give it some time. Your lawn is living too! It’s going to need an adjustment period, but it will have a positive difference.

    At CLC Landscaping our goal is to give our clients the home they deserve while offering dependable and professional service to the greater San Marcos area. We offer a wide range of services from general lawn care, landscape design and everything in between. All of our practices are tried and true to accommodate Central Texas lawns. Our commitment to communication and integrity lets you know we are there with you every step of the way – let us make your dream a reality. 

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