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Q: What is the best grass for a high-traffic lawn in full sun? We have three children and three dogs.
A: Bermuda grass is the most traffic-tolerant lawn grass and prospers in full sun. Use sod or seed. The seed take three to four weeks to germinate and grows to the height that requires mowing. Keep the children and dogs off the lawn for several weeks for the sod and six weeks for seeded grass to allow it to establish.
Q: We live in an area dominated by live oaks. Is it a good idea to try different species? What do you recommend?
A: Mexican white oak is a good choice. It is evergreen, drought tolerant and attractive. It grows faster than live oak and is not susceptible to oak wilt.
Q: Is it too late to plant tomatoes? Are there any other vegetables we can plant now? We just finished our new raised bed.
A: Plant tomatoes if you can find large transplants in 1-gallon or larger containers. It is not too late to plant peppers and eggplant transplants or okra and southern pea seed.
Q: Last year our lawn was devastated by grubs. When should we apply a soil insecticide to prevent the damage this year?
A: Apply a soil insecticide as soon as you notice the June bugs flying around your porch light, usually sometime in May.
Calvin Finch is a horticulturist and the director of the Water Conservation and Technology Center at Texas A&M-San Antonio. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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