Native Land Design Blog

Common Texas Lawn Insects, Diseases & Weeds Every Property Manager Should Be Able To Spot

Ben Collinsworth

There are a lot of problems you face during the growing season on your Texas commercial property. And most of these problems happen in the lawn.

A fine blanket of lush green turf that has blemishes on it in the form of scraggly weeds, brown patches of disease or torn up bits from armadillos trying to get at the insects lurking beneath stands out like a sore thumb. No office park, hospital, retail center, homeowner's association or other commercial property wants its image tarnished by a lawn riddled with blemishes and infestations.

Lucky for you, there are usually a common few insects, weeds and diseases that typically plague Texas lawns. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to recognize them so you can get ahead of the problem and stop it in its tracks before it does too much damage?


5 Texas Weeds Property Managers Should Know About Before They Become HUGE Problems

Ben Collinsworth

This might just be the worst situation Texas commercial property managers deal with.

You spend countless hours trying to create a lush, luxurious carpet of emerald lawn to be the forward-facing highlight at the front of your facility. Your first impression amplified in brilliant, vibrant green.

Then, weeds strike. And once they infiltrate your once-flawless lawn, sometimes it feels like nothing you can do can keep these scraggly, rough-textured blemishes from ruining your perfect commercial landscape picture.

The only way to keep weeds from destroying the lawn you’ve created is by knowing which ones tend to strike and when and staying ahead of them to prevent them from sinking their seeds into your turf.


The 3 Benefits of Lawn Aeration

Ben Collinsworth

Having an amazing expanse of lawn—one your commercial property neighbors are jealous of—isn’t something that just happens overnight.

In fact, those envy-causing lawns require adequate and regular maintenance.

Look at your Texas commercial property lawn. Notice any areas of poor drainage, brown spots or a lack of response to regular fertilization treatments and watering?

Proper mowing, consistent fertilization, adequate weed control, watering and insect and disease scouting and maintenance are all essential lawn care strategies. But to make sure all this is happening seamlessly takes aeration.

No point in adding water or nutrients to a lawn if they aren’t actually making it to their destination: the plant structure in the soil beneath your lawn.

Here are the three main benefits of lawn aeration.


The 3 Best Grass Alternatives for Shady Areas

Ben Collinsworth

There are two words that often don’t go together in the Texas commercial landscape: lawn and shade.


Turf tends to be happier when it can get some sunlight versus being stuck in the shadows of shade.


This tends to be a bigger problem under trees. As trees grow and create more and more shade beneath their canopies, the lawns beneath them begin to thin. As the shade lengthens and deepens and the direct sunlight the lawn receives dips below six hours per day, grass tends to want to permanently retreat. Add to that an area of high traffic and that sparse, patchy look becomes pretty unattractive.


The reason this happens is because turf needs three elements to thrive: air, sunlight and water. If it’s in shade, you’ve removed sunlight and if the area is well-traveled, you’ve compacted the soil and removed air. Turf won’t survive with just water.


Since the tree that adds more value and aesthetics tor your commercial property can’t go, it’s time to figure out what to do with that shady space where grass isn’t growing as well as it should.


Luckily, there are a few alternatives you can explore to help you keep these areas from falling flat on your otherwise meticulously maintained property.


Commercial Lawn Care: How to Get Rid of Weeds in Texas

Ben Collinsworth

Due to unseasonably warm temperatures, Texas commercial landscapes are dealing with something sinister on their properties a lot earlier than expected.


We’re talking, of course, about weeds. Of all the things that can be problematic in a Texas commercial lawn and landscape, weeds have got to be the worst. Weeds are a given every year. It’s rare that we don’t see a single weed crop up on a property, but usually they don’t appear this early.


Not only do you hate seeing weeds on your property, but your visitors, employees and customers do, too. No one likes a weed causing a blemish in the otherwise perfect landscape picture you’re trying to portray. To make matters worse, once weeds invade, they require considerable effort to keep them at bay.


Here’s a look at what we’re currently seeing on Texas landscapes and some recommended control measures.


Best Practices for Fertilizing and Mowing Grass in Dry Weather or Drought

Ben Collinsworth

You really can have too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to your commercial landscape. Take fertilizer and mowing, for example.

Both of these services can make your turf green, healthy and lush — but do either of them too much, and your grass will look just the opposite.

So how do you find the right balance?

Here are the best practices for fertilizing and mowing grass in dry weather and drought conditions.


How to Identify and Prevent Fungi on your Houston Property

Grant Jones, Director of Construction/Design

We often have the tendency in our culture to believe if a little of something is good, then a lot of it must be better. Although this might be true for some things, it definitely is not the case when it comes to watering and fertilizing your Houston commercial property.

In fact, it's usually the opposite. So, just how much water is too much?


4 Telltale Signs You Need to Aerate Your Property This Fall

Ben Collinsworth

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. We’ve all heard that saying, and it also applies to your commercial property: When there are these four landscape issues, there’s the need for aeration.

Fall is the perfect time to look for these signs and aerate your turf. Aeration will help air, water and other nutrients reach the soil better, giving you healthier turf. It also helps roots to grow deeper, making the grass more drought-tolerant.

There are several benefits to aerating, so be on the lookout for landscape issues that will let you know it’s time.

Here are four telltale signs you need to aerate your turf this fall.


5 Reasons Why You Should Never Wait Until Spring to Mulch

Ben Collinsworth

Spring might be the time of new growth, but that doesn’t mean your commercial property has to suffer until then. Start improving your property now, and quit putting off enhancements.

One thing you shouldn’t wait to do is adding mulch to your beds. Mulch not only adds elements of visual interest this time of year, but it also provides several vital functions that will help your plants thrive.

Here are five reasons you should mulch your beds now, instead of waiting until spring.


How to Prevent Weeds From Growing Next Spring by Doing THIS Now

Ben Collinsworth

Weeds seem to grow over night when you least expect them. And once they take root, it can take some time to clear them all out.

So, instead of taking a reactive approach in the spring to remove them, take steps now to prevent them from ever sprouting.

Here are ways to keep weeds from growing on your commercial property this spring.


3 Ways Your HOA Can Conserve Water with a Simple Irrigation Maintenance Contract

Ben Collinsworth

Water usage is a hot topic here in Texas. It’s all about finding the right balance to keep your HOA property looking its best while also being efficient.

Reducing your HOA’s water usage will save you money, as well as conserve natural resources. And with the state’s drought season and subsequent water restrictions, it’s you important to use a maintenance company that makes your water efficiency a priority.


How to Spot and Prevent Soil Erosion on Your Commercial Property

Ben Collinsworth

The foundation of a healthy commercial property is a nutrient-filled topsoil.

But one thing that can wash away any chance of having that is soil erosion, which occurs when water or wind remove the soil from an area.

Erosion is not only an eyesore on landscapes — causing gullies and muddy areas — but it can also be dangerous for the environment.

When soil is washed or blown away, so are the chemicals used on the ground, like pesticides and fertilizers. These can then make their way to other sections of the property where you don’t want them or even into a water supply.