Grass is growing all over my planting beds. How do I get rid of it and stop it from growing back?

Possible Answer:  Common Bermuda and Weed Grasses – Most weed grasses, and common Bermuda, spread through seeds.  If your lawn has common Bermuda, make sure you mow weekly to keep the grass from going to seed.  (Most Bermuda lawns are Hybrid Bermuda and do not seed.)  The best solution is to pull the grass out […]

My grass isn’t as green as I would like, what do I do?

Possible Answer: Fertilization – This is the first thing to do if you think your lawn should be greener.  Austin area lawns have almost no Nitrogen and little organic matter in the soil.  Supplementing the existing nutrients in the soil with a solid professional fertilization program will solve a big chunk of the issues with […]

Why is there a part of my yard that is always swampy and wet?

Possible Answer: Broken Irrigation – If a portion of the yard is swampy and wet, the first thing to check is the Irrigation system.  Run the sprinklers for a few minutes per zone and walk around and check things out.  Sometimes there is an obvious problem that isn’t noticed because your irrigation runs early in […]

Why do I have a large brown spot in my yard when it gets hot?

Possible Answer: Too Little Water – As our heat increases, the grass needs more and more water to stay healthy.  If only a single portion of the yard is struggling simply turning up the water may not be enough.  Something could be wrong with the irrigation system. A common problem is bad sprinkler head coverage.  […]

My lawn is getting thin and fading. What is wrong?

Possible Answer: Shade – Shade is an incredibly common problem in our area.  Our wonderful Live Oaks and other native trees generally make our lives better, but they can literally murder a lawn.  The tree canopies spread and capture as much of the sunlight as possible, often leaving little light under the tree.  The canopy […]

5 Best Shade Trees for Austin

Best Shade Trees for Austin Texas Here are 5 of the best shade trees in Austin and Central Texas. It is hard to say that one is better than another, it really depends on the micro-climate and your specific needs. This is meant to be a quick overview. If you want more information, we are […]

Plants for Hummingbirds in Austin

Hummingbirds – Facts and Plants Let’s start with some facts about hummingbirds.  10 Hummingbird facts If you grew up in Austin or Central Texas, you may take hummingbirds for granted, but interestingly there are no native species in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia or Antarctica.  You think you have a high heart rate? The little hearts […]

40,000 Lawns Mowed?! Rogelio and Chuy

The Power of Great People Top Choice was founded in 2005. A lot has changed since then – people, competence, size, and ownership. But we had something cool happen recently and we want to celebrate. This year two of our foremen reached their 10 year mark with the company. And they are brothers. One of the […]

Types of Grass

Central Texas Grass Though we do not think about it much, our climate has a big impact on our life, and your grass is a big part of your personal climate!  In Austin (the southernmost state capital in the US of A!), we have a lot of benefits from our temperate weather.  Sandals and Shorts […]

Ice Bucket While Explaining Lawn Basics

Lawn Basics – Delivered a new way In this video we explain four basics for your lawn.  Maintenance – Focus on height and correct consistency.  Cultural Practices – Watch out for compaction (kids or pets) and pet waste Location – Don’t try to grow grass that needs 6 hours of sun in full shade. Nutrients […]

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