The Perfect Cut: A Guide to Prune Trees

There comes a time when trees in your yard start to look shaggier and more overgrown than how you remembered them. While you might want to start trimming them immediately, the health of the tree could potentially be damaged. Here are some tips for how to prune trees the proper way.

          First let’s cover the health of the tree and the typical time to prune it. The ideal time is late summer, and not too early in the spring after a tree has formed back leaves. Trimming too early could potentially damage the health of the tree. If you want to prune for a particular form or structure, it’s best to do this after all the leaves have fallen, so branches are seen clearly with no distractions. It’s best to avoid any type of cutting or maintenance from January through March. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:

·    Avoid trees wanting to form a V shape. Trees that conform to this shape are more prone to splitting and damage during harsh weather events. Try removing one of the stems during the optimal times talked about above to avoid this type of tree shape.

·    Maintain trees that are closer together, since having too many branches side by side can cause problems. Smaller, unwanted branches can slow down the growth and progress of the larger branches.

·    When making the cut, make sure to not cut off too far or too close to the trunk, as both can be harmful to the tree. Cutting too far away leaves an ugly stub prone to insect infestation and delays the healing of the wound. Cut too close, and the flesh of the tree will be exposed, leaving the healing of the wound to be delayed. The best range is about 2-3 inches from the trunk.

If you have any other questions or need advice from our team, contact us on our website or social media sites today.

What You Need for Your Lawn in Texas

Lawn care in Texas is no easy feat, with blistering heat in the summer and unpredictable patterns in the weather year-round. With these types of challenges ahead, how can you make your lawn thrive in this environment? Let’s start with the basis: grass. Here are a few common characteristics to look for when choosing your type of grass:

Heat Resistance

A vast majority of Texas faces extreme, triple-digit heat during the summer, making it tough for grass to not get dry and stay alive. Grass that can withstand sunlight almost all day and retain water for longer is a must for most Texas lawns.

Drought Proof

Throughout recent years, Texas has faced prolonged periods of heat with little to no water. To keep grass looking alive and colorful, you’ll need deep-rooted grass that can withstand extended periods of heat without rainfall.

Durability

If you and your family use your backyard frequently throughout the year for activities, you’re going to need grass that can withstand the typical abuse from your backyard parties and family time.

Keeping these features in mind, here are some good options to choose from for your Texas lawn:

  • Bermuda

  • St. Augustine

  • Zoysia

While Texas weather can be brutal, there are many solutions to keep your lawn looking clean and flourish through all the seasons with minimal maintenance.

For further questions or suggestions, ask us about our recommendations for your lawn specifically!

Grass Types

There are three main types of sod that we tend to install at Singer Services are Bermuda, St. Augustine, and Zoysia.

Bermuda

Bermuda grass has several valuable characteristics that make it a leading choice for lawn owners. Bermuda grass is known for its exceptional heat tolerance, which is particularly desirable in southern Texas areas due to the warmer climate.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine grass is also successful in warmer temperatures but does not do well with a variety of soil types. This species is attracted to moist, fertile soils and is not ideal for areas with high drought conditions. This grass is suitable for lawn owners who have minimal time for mowing, heavy rainfall, and warmer seasons year round.

Zoysia

Zoysia grass is extremely versatile. It can withstand a variety of challenges including heat, drought, and heavy foot traffic. This grass is suitable for sunny, southern areas but can still tolerate light shade. Zoysia is commonly used in sporting venues such as golf courses and baseball fields.