Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Understand Emerald Zoysia

Emerald Zoysia is a cultivar of zoysia. It has a thin bladed grass which handles drought and does well in shaded areas. This grass has a fine and soft texture
and can be left unmowed at 6-12 inches if desired. When left unmowed will form humps convoluted surfaces which is sometimes used an oriental landscape themes.

Emerald does well in humid and hot weather and used in the Southern states. Once established it requires less water than Augustine and but slightly more than bermuda. Browning may occur in triple heat digits but with proper hydration can restore its green color very quickly. Mowing can be performed at every 7-10 days with mowing height from .75" to 2" . At first I would recommend cutting at a higher level. The use of a reel mower is required because a typical rotary mower will leave grass with a grey/white tip instead of a clean cut look. Fertilization on grass should only be done twice a year with a 8-8-8 and 13-13-13 product. It is found that over fertilizing this grass can destroy and turn grass yellow. It is best to fertilize on the light side since this zoysia is one of the slowest growing grasses in the family. If you have further questions please contact us at: arborlife@arborlife.com

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A good tree to plant: Texas Red Oak

A good to plant in the houston area is the Texas Red Oak. These trees do well here and have less disease problems than your non native trees that nurseries sell in the area. I like these trees because they are self pruning and do not have many root and limb problems. Here are the specifics on this tree:

Plant Habitat: Medium tree

Exposure: Full Sun

Flower Color:Red Brownish Leaf

Blooming: Spring

Height: 75 feet

Width: 60 feet

Plant Character: Deciduous

Heat Tolerance:High

Water Requirement:Low

Soil Requirement:alkaline adaptable

If you have any questions about this tree contact: arborlife@arborlife.com

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Getting Ready for Hurricane Season!

It is important to remember that we are yes in Hurricane season. The scientists are predicting a bad one this year. Here is a list of things to prepare for during this time:

1.Be aware of structural limitations around your house and property. This means check your trees to see if there are sections of large overhang, decayed limbs, or trees that could be a problem if close to house. Pruning trees thouroughly can help from possible damage.

2.Check your home for loose gutters or clogged gutters to prevent flooding and possible damage.

3.Review your insurance policy for adequate coverage for storm damage.

If you ever need to ask questions for advice on your trees feel free to contact us at 281-914-7788 or via email at arborlife@arborlife.com

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Welcome To the Launch of Our New site!

Hello Everyone,

We are up and running! Thanks to Denton Hew at Techtiva for all the blood,sweat, and tears! We at Arbor Life wanted to update the site for some quite time and we will be making some additional moves on helping others learn about landscaping, trees, and fertilization. Check our site and let us know what you think!