Texas heat (especially here in the Rio Grande Valley) can wreak havoc on your yard. Dead grass, withering flowers, and dry brush can turn an A1 property into a D minus disaster.
Consider the following 3 essential tips to not only help your land survive Texas summer weather but make it look great while doing so.
When it comes to improving your land, planting native trees, grasses, and flowers will not only enhance the aesthetics of your property but will also increase the likelihood of having them mature successfully.
As native trees, grasses, plants, and flowers are all used to our local weather, they can thrive and endure the scorching temperatures that frequently occur in the region.
What are some of these native plant options? Well, beautiful rosemary bushes, green buffalo grass, and solid anacua trees can all add value to your property and keep your land looking gorgeous.
Buffalo grass is accustomed to warmer climates and requires much less water than most grasses. It is a type of grass that is as tough as the pioneers and the buffalo that trod on it back when America was in its infancy. Buffalo grass can survive the blistering heat of Texas, and the money you save on your monthly water bill can be spent cooling yourself off at any of Edinburg’s delicious snow cone stands.
Butterflies play an integral role in our ecosystem and native shrubs like rosemary will attract them, which will help pollinate flowers, keep overgrowth in check during their larval stage, and promote a healthy environment. The shrubs themselves can be picked for their fresh herbs and added into that festive dish you will serve your guests inside of your newly financed home.
Trees like the anacua tree are native to southern Texas and eastern Mexico. That means that these trees can take the heat of an unrelenting sun but still look fresh and green. These types of trees are rather tall, around 20-45 feet, providing great shade. Around April through June, they give a bounty of sweet, red and yellow fruit that can be used to make a killer jam.
Spruce Up the Place a Little Bit
Perhaps in your search for your next beautiful home, you have spotted a rotting couch, some damp boxes, and a bed box frame piled up on the corner of the street. You know that the garbage disposal service won’t pick that up, and no matter how many “For Free” signs are posted around, no one else will either.
The fact of the matter is that the pile of refuse festering on the corner of the street lowers the value of your land. Why? It attracts vermin to live there. Where there are vermin, there are rattlesnakes, and with an estimated 7,000 people bitten annually within the United States, this is a serious problem to have.
Normally, your city should have a Solid Waste Management department that you can call to schedule a pickup for large appliances, furniture, or construction demolition debris for a fee. These disposal specialists are well equipped to remove the garbage safely, clearing the area of housing for potential dangers like rattlesnakes and improving the value of your land, as well as providing a peace of mind that is well worth the fee.
Pruning trees and pulling the weeds can also improve the value of your land. Usually, the clippings can fit in a garbage bag and placed within your trash disposal bin. It is recommended, however, that grass clippings be left on the lawn itself, as the mulch provides fertilizer to the trimmed grass below.
Avoid Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fertilizers
Pesticides and herbicides not only damage and poison your yard, but they can also aid in the decimation of local flora and fauna.
Pesticides can pollute the air and seep into water distribution systems like wells, ponds, and rivers, spreading liquid death to many species of fish and the predators that rely on them for sustenance.
When used on land, pesticides and herbicides can weaken root systems and destroy beneficial microorganisms and worms needed to enrich the soil with nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous.
It would be best to just get rid of weeds and pesky critters from your land the old-fashioned way: with a good pair of work boots, thick gloves, and a little elbow grease. The environment will thank you for it!
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