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While residents of the Greater Fort Worth Area value the beauty and shade provided by trees, storms don’t seem to be considerate of that. Be prepared for when a storm hits and it damages your yard, home, or cars with this exclusive guide to minimizing damage from a storm and what to do after the damage has already been done.

What to Consider When it Comes to Storm Damage

Remember, if you discover problems during your inspection, don’t panic! You can always obtain skilled tree care assistance.

Particularly if you own mature trees, or have a small lawn where damage to your trees could damage your vehicles or home, it can be a wise decision to request expert storm-damaged tree removal or trimming.

Use This Helpful Checklist to Check Your Trees For Storm Damage Review The Condition of Your Yard

We suggest property owners take the time to inspect the entire yard after a storm with safety in mind. You may find it helpful to take along a tablet or notebook and make notes to remind yourself about issues requiring attention, especially if you have homeowners or renters insurance and need to make a claim for any damage.

Fallen Branches, Leaves, And Dead Wood

As a preliminary matter, you’ll want to restore the condition of the lawn by picking up or removing fallen branches and leaves and noting dead or fallen trees. Sometimes lightning strikes kill trees. If the areas sustained a particularly bad storm, also remain alert to the presence of any downed electrical lines, broken glass, and other hazards during your inspection.

Conduct a Careful Tree-by-Tree Inspection

It helps to evaluate the condition of every tree in the yard. Check storm-damaged trees closely for broken branches.

Obtain Tree Removal if Necessary

Arrange for storm damage tree removal as soon as possible. Dead trees may fall over suddenly and cause injuries to people or nearby structures.

Optimize Tree Growth Conditions

After a storm, pay especially close attention to the condition of young trees. They may benefit from staking to correct trunk defects caused by heavy winds.

Perform Skilled Pruning

Prune broken and dead branches carefully.

Consider New Tree Planting

If you must remove a dead tree, you may decide to replace it with a new planting. Always research a tree’s anticipated maximum height and canopy dimensions first!

Local Tree Services

If your trees require pruning, trimming or removal, you can ask us at Xtreme Lawn Care to provide skilled landscaping assistance. We also offer regular leaf pick up services and tree planting services.

As a full-time, experienced grounds keeping company, we’ve invested in the specialized tools and equipment required to perform storm damage tree removal and maintain lovely healthy trees in the Fort Worth Area.

Call upon our expertise at any time by dialing 817-880-6052 or using the convenient website contact form. Our firm helps many local families and businesses enjoy the magnificent park-like settings!

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Gardeners and plant enthusiasts know that a garden is like an ecosystem in itself. It has to be balanced. When one element is thrown off, the whole environment is affected. It is essential to pay attention to the health of each plant to ensure the health of the entire garden.

A tree can be in distress for many reasons. One of the culprits behind damaged trees is the bagworm. These creatures get their name from their appearance. You can see these as tiny pods or sacs protruding from trees and shrubs. They are small, but they can cause significant damage.

Like most pests, a bagworm problem tends to multiply. Keep trees safe by calling tree services when you notice their presence.

What are Bagworms?

A bagworm is the Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis, more commonly known as the evergreen bagworm, in its larval stage. These creatures are native to North America. They can be found mainly in the Eastern United States. There are bagworms in the East Coast and the South East portions of the country.

The bagworm is not picky when it comes to vegetation. Bagworms can thrive in 120 types of trees. However, it does have its preferences. It is particularly attracted to evergreens like spruce and pine.

The bags that people see is not the actual creature itself. These are the cocoons. Bagworms make them out of silk and bits of material they have eaten off their host tree.

These cocoons are designed to camouflage the larvae so that it can mature undisturbed. In fact, they can sometimes be mistaken for pinecones. Bagworm infestations tend to be full-blown by the time someone notices them because they can hide in plain sight.

When the bagworm emerges, males transform into gray-colored moths. Females retain their appearance and die shortly after the pupae stage.

How Bagworms Cause Damage

There are two main ways bagworms cause harm to trees. First, bagworms feast on the leaves. They can draw out the water inside the tree and strip the tree of its nutrients. One symptom of bagworms is browning on the foliage of trees and shrubs.

One tiny worm might not seem like it can cause damage against a big tree. But, each cocoon contains up to 1,000 eggs. Their sheer number can weaken a tree, no matter how healthy it is.

Another way that bagworms can affect trees is by basically strangling them with their silk. They wrap silk around the branches of the tree, and these can cause long-term damage.

Evergreens are particularly vulnerable to bagworm infestations. Bagworms often eat the needles, so the branches are stripped bare. If an evergreen loses 80% of its needles, it might not survive. On the other hand, deciduous trees like the oak are more resilient against bagworms that evergreens.

Their leaves can get gnawed on causing them to shed leaves. But, they can recover when the bagworms disappear.

It is important to note that the larvae are no only 2 mm when they emerge from the cocoon. Their small size makes it easy for them to spread. Even the wind can blow them to the landscape around a tree. An infected tree or shrub in the garden usually means that there are bagworms in the plants found in the surrounding area.

Bagworm Removal

Birds are the natural predators of bagworms. But, waiting for the birds to help save the trees is not the most efficient way to conduct pest control. Another way is to remove cocoons from the tree physically. It is useful, but it is time -consuming.

Fortunately, there are pest control services that specifically address the problem of bagworms. These professionals can employ a variety of methods. One way is by using horticultural oils designed to target the larvae. These oils are sprayed on the surfaces of plants to smother the pests.

Treatments take into consideration the life cycle of bagworms. Eggs usually hatch during the spring. The larva spreads out and feeds on the host plant. They spread out and start creating their cocoon. They continue feeding during the summer as they begin to mature. In the fall, the bagworm larvae seal themselves inside the bag.

Timing is everything when it comes to bagworm removal. Unlike grub treatment, which usually happens before the eggs hatch, bagworm treatments are most active on the larvae.

Newly emerged larvae are more vulnerable to the pest-control chemicals. Treating the trees when the bagworm has grown larger is a useless endeavor because it won’t be effective.

By definition, pests are destructive and invasive. Bagworms fit into this description precisely. They can overwhelm a tree and spread to other vegetation, disrupting the balance of the garden.

Places where the bagworm is commonly found benefit from scheduling regular inspection and maintenance to ensure the health of their trees. It can be put in rotation with lawn treatment to guarantee a healthy and thriving environment.

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Summer is one of the most difficult and challenging times to maintain your garden. August in Texas makes it even harder since it’s typically the hottest and driest month in the whole year. Here are some ways and tips that you can keep your garden looking vibrant and healthy during the hot days of summer.

Summertime is a time associated with warm lazy days fishing, swimming, grilling and of course ornately landscaped yards and businesses with brightly colored flowers, wispy and lush ornamental grasses as well as thick velvety green lawns.

Be Prepared for the Heat!

August is a hot month and has many day where the temperatures will go over a 100 degrees. You need to prepare yourself before you go out to work in your yard to prevent dehydration, cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke from happening to you.

Muscle spasms, nausea, headaches, vomiting and tiredness are all signs of heat health problems. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, stop working in your yard and go inside your home and rest.

Always do these tips before going out to work in your yard and garden:

  1. Drink water to stay hydrated
  2. Always have water or sports drinks nearby when your working outside
  3. Wear loose clothing
  4. Wear sun glasses
  5. Always wear a hat
  6. Apply sunscreen
  7. Apply insect repellent
  8. Avoid doing yard work in the middle of the day

Of course, all this colorful summer scenery comes with a price. A lot of hard work, experience and knowledge go hand in hand when it comes to accomplishing the desired look for your yard or business landscape.

As you read on, we are going to discuss helpful summer gardening tips that will:

  1. Save You Time
  2. Money
  3. Frustration while freeing up more time to enjoy yourself and family.

Before you begin just throwing plants into the ground, you need to understand a few things about summertime in North central Texas.

First off, this portion of Texas is considered to be in a subtropical climate zone. This means that the summers are hot with mostly southern winds and temperatures rarely going below 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime and often times reaching over 100 degrees.

Secondly, the average precipitation rate is anywhere from 28-48 inches of annual rainfall. This portion of Texas is considered to be in the hardiness zones of 7 and 8. Without further adieu, let us move on to gardening tips and tricks.

Top Summer Gardening Tips

1. Figure out what growing conditions your plants like to grow in

  • Do your plants like full sun, partial sun or shady spots?
  • Do your plants thrive better in well-drained soil or do they prefer more moist soil?
  • Do your plants “get along” with their neighbors?
  • What is the recommended hardiness zone for your plants?
  • Knowing the answers to these questions will help ensure your plants thrive and you get the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to ground coverage, foliage, bright colors and healthy plants.

2. Know approximately how tall your plants will grow as well as spread out

  • Knowing how large your plants are capable of growing will enable you to place them in appropriate spots in your yard or garden.
  • Making sure you do not plant shrubs too close to fences or trees too close to your home is just as important as making sure your flowers are planted in a way that will allow each to be displayed and compliment your garden.

3. Are your plants perennials or annuals?

  • Perennials are plants that you plant once and they will regrow year after year. As these plants become more established, they practically take care of themselves as far as needing less watering, developing more blooms and reseeding or cultivating themselves.
  • Annuals, where these plants are absolutely gorgeous and offer magnificent color and variety, they do require a bit more work to maintain and do die at the end of each growing season. They do, however, leave seeds to help spawn a second generation of flowers.

4. Protect and care for budding plants

  • Plants that start budding in the summer are very vulnerable to wilting and drying out. A sudden loss of flowers and buds can happen if you don’t take the proper measures in protecting and caring for your plants, especially ones in containers.
  • Watering and mulching deeply once or twice a week can prevent your budding plants from wilting and dying. Doing this will have your garden looking great throughout the summer and into fall.

5. Water early

  • Watering early in the morning is the most effective and efficient way to water your garden and yard in the summertime.
  • Watering in the morning give your garden the best chance to soak up all the water it needs.  It also gives your garden ample time to dry and prevent any mildew or fungi forming on it.
  • Watering early also will save you money on water costs because there is less chance water evaporation and less water will be lost.
Hardy Flowers to Plant

These drought tolerant flowering plants are generally hardy and easily capable of thriving in the North Central Texas summer climate.

  1. Zinnias – These flowers are super hardy, come in a rainbow of colors, can withstand full sun and light watering each week and they also reseed themselves.
  2. Roses – There are many beautiful varieties of roses capable of surviving the summer heat and withstand diseases other rose varieties have difficulties with. The ‘Knock Out’ and ‘Carefree Beauty’ types have been specifically developed to be tolerant of many harsh conditions and provide gorgeous summer color.
  3. Lantana – The New Gold variety provides a brilliant pop of yellow to any garden and is tough as nails perfect for a Texas summer.
  4. Bluebonnets – This is not only the state flower, but it is also very easy to grow. Plant them in late fall and make sure weeds do not take over during the winter and you will be set with bold blooms come spring time that last for months.
  5. Blackfoot Daisy – Do not underestimate the power of a daisy especially this classic variety. It may look fragile, but it is as tough as they come and will give you color all summer long.
Fall Vegetable Gardens

August is an ideal time to plant a multitude of vegetables to make a Fall garden. Many types of vegetables mature and ripen in the Fall. Early maturing vegetables are the optimal choice for planting  in August.

They can be planted and ready to harvest before freezing temperatures occur. Here’s a list of vegetables that you can plant for your Fall garden.

  • Snap Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Okra
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

Choose whichever ones you like to eat and in a few weeks time you’ll have your favorite vegetables ready to eat out of your garden. Be sure to remove any vegetables that aren’t producing or that are dying from your garden to prevent diseases and insects.

Maintaining Your Garden

Hopefully, these summer gardening tips will help you plant and maintain your very own garden masterpiece.

However, if you are in need of more helpful gardening tips and tricks XtremeLawnCare will have a wealth of knowledge to assist you.

Serving the greater Fort Worth area, XtremeLawnCare has over 20 years of experience in not only lawn care but in landscaping as well.

If you’re in need of a good irrigation system for the summer days, no need to go any further. Not only can XtremeLawnCare plot and plant a gorgeous garden for your home but as a licensed irrigation and sprinkler company they can install custom sprinklers to help maintain your garden and landscape.

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