Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to install grass?
We install all year round! There are different considerations for each season. For instance, summer will have a greater need for water. In winter, if we have temperatures below freezing, it is best to water the grass beforehand so that it will freeze the roots, protecting them from subjection to temps below 32 degrees.
Contact Us and one of our representatives will talk to you about what will work best for your project!
How do I choose the right grass for my project?
It’s important to choose a grass based on a number of factors: the amount of shade, your ability to water, use of the area, and the region of Texas in which you live.
Most of Texas utilizes the common warm season grass varieties: Bermudas, St. Augustines, Zoysia & Buffalo grasses. Check out our Varieties page to help determine the grass that’s right for you! No matter where you live - Austin, Waco, Lubbock, and beyond, we have the right type of grass for you.
Will grass grow well in my area?
Yes! Our state of the art machinery and services ensure that our installed grasses look better and grow in faster than traditional methods no matter what region you live in. Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi are just some of the areas we service. See the Our Work page for more of our client base.
When should I fertilize my grass?
Summer is here!! Warmer temperatures means that the soil will warm to a level that our warm season turfgrasses (i.e. St. Augustine, bermuda, buffalo, & zoysia,) will begin to grow. This also means planning a nutrient management program for the year. Taking a soil sample is a good first step in this process. It will provide useful information pertaining to the level of nutrients in your soil and can assist you in developing your yearlong environmentally sensitive approach to nutrient management. Click Here for more information.
In the spring, it is recommended to apply your first fertilizer application after your lawn begins to green up. You may want to wait until after you have mowed your lawn 2 to 3 times. Applying fertilizer too early can cause undue stress to your turf if a late freeze occurs. Also, apply fertilizer in measured amounts to your lawn. This means you need to know the surface area (square feet) of your site and how much of a nutrient your particular turfgrass requires in a given application and in a given year. Remember, not all turfgrasses require the same level of nutrients (i.e. nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) in a yearlong program. Always read the label!!!!
Will my sod be fresh?
Yes! Our sod is custom harvested the same day it is delivered, giving you the freshest product possible.
How do I treat my sod for weeds?
The best way to treat weeds in your lawn is to nurture your grass. A healthy lawn will help choke out weeds and keep them at bay!
Weed control products can cause stress in a lawn. In fact most weed control products can actually damage St. Augustine & Zoysia lawns. It’s always important to read the label before applying a chemical to your lawn to ensure it is specifically designed for your grass type.
If you are having trouble (especially in Bermuda lawns as they are a bit more susceptible to weeds) we recommend applying a pre-emergent in the winter to help gain control before spring arrives. If you are stumped with a certain type of weed, Contact Us and we’ll help you diagnose the problem!
Can I water my grass too much?
Yes you can! Usually the problem is too little water but occasionally conditions will be just right to cultivate fungus in your newly installed grass. If it is a very rainy and humid season you will need to be sure your lawn has proper drainage and does not stay soaked for prolonged periods of time. This is especially important for heavily shaded areas.
How often should I water my lawn?
Good Question! Water is very important to newly installed turfgrass. The time of year greatly affects the amount and frequency in which you will need to water. An install in July, of course, will require much more water than one in February.
Once your turf is established you can decrease the watering quite a bit. In fact, it is better to water established lawns less frequently, but with a greater amount of water each time. This encourages the roots to establish themselves further in the ground providing you with a healthier grass.
A good formula to remember:
Freshly Installed Grass: High Frequency, Low Volume
Established Lawn: Low Frequency, High Volume.
One of our representatives will provide you with detailed watering instructions and talk to you about your lawn’s specific needs. If you have any further questions or any doubts, never hesitate to Contact Us!!!
What should I do about pests?
With the water and the weather it can be a hard job keeping up a beautiful lawn in Texas. Fortunately at Thomas Turfgrass we can help by rolling out the best quality sod across Austin, San Antonio & Georgetown. Our varieties of St Augustine, Bermuda and Zoysia grass are bred and grown to be luscious and hardy. We've given you some tips on how to care for and maintain your new lawn. But, there's one issue we haven't yet touched upon: pests. All our sod is tested and carefully kept clear of pests but we cannot stop them from occurring after we have laid down and established your new turf. So we want you to have the skills and knowledge to protect your new lawn.
Two of the worst offenders in Texas are Grubs and Chinch Bugs:
Chinch bugs are about 0.25 inches long. Shaped like a pill. They are identifiable by their black bodies and clear to white wings. Juvenile chinch Bugs known as nymphs are of a red to pink color with a lighter band on their backs. The infants are wingless.
Chinch bugs are most likely to afflict St. Augustine grass varieties. However it is not unheard of for them to infest Bermuda or Zoysia varieties.
A chinch bug infestation will usually begin in an area that receives a lot of sun and generally begins closest to the concrete, curb or sidewalk. High heat and dry weather are ideal weather for the infestation to spread. The cause reduced growth or even death and the afflicted area will usually be surrounded by an area of yellowed grass.
If you are not sure whether you have an infestation here is a quick test you can performs to confirm your suspicions. Take a large can and cut off the bottom. Taking care not to cause excess damage to the lawn insert it an inch deep into the sod. Now fill the can with water. As the ground below floods the chinch bug will be forced to surface and you can see them floating to the top. A natural solution to a chinch bug infestation is to make your lawn an attractive area for predators. This includes birds and big eyed bugs. So feeders and watering stations are a good idea as well as places for birds to perch. Failing that or if the infestation has gone too far you can use a chemical method to protect your lawn grass. Insecticidal soap is known to be effective against chinch bugs. Try to use it only on the areas that have been effected.
Prevention is of course better than cure so if possible keep your grass sprigs well hydrated as chinch bugs prefer dry conditions.
Grubs are short worm like organisms. They have a creamy white color with ribbed bodies. They are also curled into a C shape. They can affect Bermuda, St Augustine and Zoysia grass. They effect lawns by eating grass and other plant roots. Grubs most usually strike in the late summer and early fall.
Because they eat roots you can test for grubs by cutting a small section out of your lawn. If the grass comes away easily then and grubs are apparent you have an infestation.
You can treat by introducing a natural predator: the nematode. Available at stores they prey on the grubs and will help control them. Simply apply them to the affected area and water it.
We hope that will help you keep the pest in check and your new grass sod looking beautiful and healthy.