How to Create and Maintain Your Yard


Disclaimer :: Fort Worth Lawn & Tree partnered with Fort Worth Moms writer Lauren S to share tips and tricks about lawn care with our readers.

Whether you’re a green thumb goddess, a lawn care newbie, or kill all the plant things, our friends at Fort Worth Lawn & Tree share their expertise with tips, tricks, and best practices for designing and maintaining a healthy and visually appealing yard year round.

These tips are great for anyone who has a yard, so be sure to save this jewel to come back to when you’re needing landscaping ideas or a yard maintenance refresher!  

Plant Native Plants

Planting native plants ensures that your plants will survive Texas seasons (hellooooo summer!) Some popular (for good reason) native plant choices include:

  • Red Yucca
  • Texas Sage
  • Texas Lantana 

Another option for variety that’s not native to Texas but does well in the area is loropetalum. 

Incorporate Hardscapes

Think gravel, paving, and stones over mulch. Using various types of river rocks as fillers adds a very manicured look to your yard with more budget-friendly and low to super easy maintenance year round. 

Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal

If you’re looking to add an extra touch of awe to your yard, fill your flowerbeds or frame your home with these budget-friendly options:

  • Nandinas
  • Nellie Stevens Holly
  • Mexican Feather Grass
  • Begonias
  • Periwinkles
  • Pentas
  • Petunias
  • Pansies
  • Cabbage
  • Kale

Tips for maintaining your yard and lawn all year longCare for & Maintain Grass

The true key to keeping up with your grass is to know the type of grass you have so you can follow the best maintenance practices. Not sure what type of grass you have? Fort Worth Lawn & Tree can help you in identifying your grass type.

No matter what type of grass you have, these grass maintenance tips can help . . .

  • Keep your yard fertilized and weed controlled around eight times per year. Ideally, twice each season. 
  • Make sure your lawn service (or yourself) keeps the lawn mower clean underneath and at a mid-level height. Cuts should not too low or too high. 
  • Aerate your lawn at least once per year.

Prune Trees

It’s important to prune your trees! Each tree has its own pruning protocol. Pruning allows the proper amount of sunlight for grass and is great for the over all health of the tree.

Both oaks and elms are native trees to our area and grow well in hot and drought-prone climates. Consider Southern Red Oak, Texas Ash, Texas Live Oak, Cedar Elm, Texas Oak.

If you need help figuring out what tree is what in your yard, Fort Worth Tree & Lawn are tree experts. 

Fort Worth Lawn and Tree give tips for taking care of your yard all year long.Maintain the Sprinklers

Sprinkler systems are an easy way to keep your yard hydrated through the brutal Texas summers.

  • If you have a sprinkler, be sure to get it tested at least quarterly to ensure you’re yard is getting the proper amount of coverage. This helps make sure you’re conserving water and not wasting it — which can help you save money on your water bill!
  • Whether you have a sprinkler system or are using a good ol’ fashioned rotating garden sprinkler, it’s best to water your lawn late in the evening after sun is going down, and early in the morning before sun comes up. Tip from the pros: Do not water in the heat of the day! 

Whether you are looking for lawn, tree, and/or sprinkler system setup or maintenance or if you have basic lawn care questions, Fort Worth Lawn & Tree is here to help!

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Lauren is a gardener, amateur chicken rancher, and semi-pro Pinterest recipe tester who has mastered the art of reheating her morning coffee and evading the endless requests for snacks. Whether it’s solo traveling across the country or a picnic lunch in her front yard, she ensures her life each day is an adventure. With a professional background in sales, social media management, marketing, and business administration, Lauren is the embodiment of the organized creativity that’s reflected through her writing and work as sponsorship and social media director for Fort Worth Moms. Lauren resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband, Sam, and three children.


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