Talkin’ Turf with Travis
***This column is offered by the City of Mesquite to help educate residents about landscaping and pruning tips. Please contact Travis Sales, Certified Arborist, 972-216-8121 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
It has been a brutal summer with extreme temperatures and little rainfall. Your landscape and turfgrass need some help now that fall is approaching to help it through the winter months. It is important before your landscape and turfgrass go dormant with the first frost to apply a complete fertilizer such as a 13-13-13 or a 16-16-16 at 1 pound of N/P/K per 1,000 square feet. These numbers represent the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium ratio. Nitrogen helps plants with rapid growth, increasing seed and fruit production as well as improving the quality of leaf and forage crops. Phosphorus helps with the transformation of solar energy into chemical energy, proper plant maturation, withstanding stress and encourages blooming and root growth. Potassium helps in the building of protein, photosynthesis, fruit quality and reduction of diseases. This is going to be the most important step in ensuring that your landscape and turfgrass are ready for winter of 2013 and the spring of 2014.
Fun Fact: As Fall approaches and we receive our first frost, your turfgrass will generally transform into a striped mosaic pattern of green, grey and tan stripes. This may look like some kind of scary disease, but it is just actually the result of micro-climates in your turfgrass. Some leaf tissue freezes and some does not, thus giving the pattern.
Travis E. Sales
Manager of Park Services
Golf Course Superintendent
Travis has a big “yard” to care for. With help of his team, he is responsible for the maintenance of 1,600 acres of park land, 72 miles of medians and rights-of-way, 27,000 trees planted in the Urban Forestry Program, 35 baseball practice fields, 12 soccer practice fields, 33 lighted and unlighted baseball/softball games fields, 27 lighted and unlighted soccer game fields, seven lighted and unlighted football game fields.
Travis has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and has various state and national certifications and licenses for irrigation, argronomy, arboriculture and landscaping.
he enjoys serving on the Texas Turfgrass Association Executive Board and being active in the Mesquite Fire Corps and Mesquite Citizens Police Alumni associations.