- Posted August 28, 2014 by
The Challenge Of Lawn Care In The Woodlands TX
Texas has a generally warm and humid climate. This contributes in large part to the common misconception that the state is a barren land, incapable of growing plants and foliage. This is largely inaccurate, however, although there is some truth to it.
The state of Texas is situated at the intersection of varying climate zones; this gives the area variable weather. Rainfall is rather common, with annual averages ranging from eight to 64 inches, depending on the location, but its unusual geography can cause the occasional drought or water shortage. This is also the main reason why 10 percent of the state is composed of deserts. This small percentage, unfortunately, is the main reason for the notion that lawn care in Texas can be quite difficult.
Still, the possibility of droughts and extreme temperatures can present a problem to people trying to set up a lawn or a backyard garden. Plants and foliage that can grow in such conditions are severely limited to those that can survive low moistures and high heat. The climate of Texas can be hot around summertime and have less than optimal temperatures at some other times throughout the year. This becomes a problem because the heat can cause significant losses in moisture, and therefore prevent you from growing plants that need generous amounts of water all year long.
A beautiful landscape will need well-hydrated plants to exude a natural and relaxing feel, whereas a dry and barren patch of grass and foliage will only spoil your backyard or lawn. A possible solution to this is making use of plants that don’t need large amounts of water to grow and flower, or the installation of a watering system (from bores, for example) that can supplement your supplies when there is an imminent shortage of water.
Apart from affecting moisture, temperature can directly affect plants in your lawn. High temperatures and the glaring sun can cause them to wither and die. Though growing them in the shade can be a solution to this problem, it can be quite distracting to your overall design. The only way to address this, therefore, is to choose your plants well and opt for those that will survive in high heat. Or, better yet, use plants that love the sun, such as sunflowers, petunias and marigolds.
Also consider the materials you will use around your lawn, such that they don’t absorb energy from the sun, which will only contribute to a hotter environment.