April 2021

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Re: April 2021

Post by DoctorMu » Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:12 pm

Yeah, cool, cloudy, and drizzly were not expected this morning - I was set to mow the back.

April and early October before brown patch season are the two periods in the Brazos Valley to boast a green lawn.

Despite 5°F nights in CS during the Winter Storm Week, somehow the weeds went wild in March. I put pre-emergence down earlier...but the weeds laugh at it. I've used Scott's Weed & Feed twice in the past, and each time it smacks around the St. Augustine while the weeds survive, until it gets hot and the weeds die anyway.

I use Sta-Green high nitrogen fertilizer with no phosphate, time release pellets with 2% iron to keep the grass robust on our garbage gray clay soil (Scott's just proliferates runners not blades). The yard has build up some nice inches of loam over time. Most people around here cut St. Augustine way too short after the initial scalping of winter debris. I'm set for 2 3/4 in next week and the duration of the summer. Because "summer" begins late in the week until sometime in October.

So, I tried Sta-Green weed and feed pellets. The St. Augustine loves it and the weeds are knocked down. Not completely, but good enough.


Just a sprinkle this am, but not much more. We won't reach 70°F today.

The Big Suck begins Wednesday with 90°F with no significant rain chances for a week after that. I am NOT ready to begin running the sprinklers like crazy yet. Holy ***** the Canadian has near century mark temps late week! GFS is far milder. Ensembles are split.

240 hours out, the only significant rainfall north of 0.5 inches is on the UKMet. GFS, Euro, Canadian are nearly dry.

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Re: April 2021

Post by DoctorMu » Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:58 pm

I'm sure TropiKal lurking somewhere. After 2 major snowfalls/winter storms in College Station this winter with a robust La Nina...the upcoming Big Suck is projected to be due to weakening La Nina and neutral ENSO.

https://www.kagstv.com/article/weather/ ... 2244c95d89

So NOW it becomes warm/hot and dry, beginning next week.

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Re: April 2021

Post by Cpv17 » Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:05 pm

DoctorMu wrote:
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:58 pm
I'm sure TropiKal lurking somewhere. After 2 major snowfalls/winter storms in College Station this winter with a robust La Nina...the upcoming Big Suck is projected to be due to weakening La Nina and neutral ENSO.

https://www.kagstv.com/article/weather/ ... 2244c95d89

So NOW it becomes warm/hot and dry, beginning next week.
I’m not seeing much hope for any rain for the whole month of April tbh.

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Re: April 2021

Post by DoctorMu » Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:51 pm

Cpv17 wrote:
Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:05 pm
DoctorMu wrote:
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:58 pm
I'm sure TropiKal lurking somewhere. After 2 major snowfalls/winter storms in College Station this winter with a robust La Nina...the upcoming Big Suck is projected to be due to weakening La Nina and neutral ENSO.

https://www.kagstv.com/article/weather/ ... 2244c95d89

So NOW it becomes warm/hot and dry, beginning next week.
I’m not seeing much hope for any rain for the whole month of April tbh.

Which might be OK if the temp weren't poised to soar 20°F. The sun broke out this afternoon and was perfect for mowing and yardwork. I'm envious of my old home state in NC, because we'd have another month of this, temps around 70°F...not to mention the 2-3 months of Indian summer in the Fall.

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Re: April 2021

Post by Katdaddy » Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:46 am

Happy Easter everyone!!! A mild SE TX day with highs in 70s and partly cloudy skies. A weak disturbance will result in some light rain showers this afternoon.

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Re: April 2021

Post by Cromagnum » Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:53 am

Need rain badly. My ground is already cracked in several spots.

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Re: April 2021

Post by jasons2k » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:46 am

Cromagnum wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:53 am
Need rain badly. My ground is already cracked in several spots.
Yes, the plants need their moisture after the big freeze. This drought is a bummer.

Good news is that it appears that most healthy Mexican Fan Palms and Canary Island Date palms made it through the freeze. The jury is still out on the date palms over at Portofino.

Also, fortunately the tropicals I had to leave in the ground are all coming back. They froze to the roots but there is new baby growth sprouting out. I’m not so afraid of losing my plants now in the winter because I know they will come back.

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Re: April 2021

Post by DoctorMu » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:29 pm

jasons2k wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:46 am
Cromagnum wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:53 am
Need rain badly. My ground is already cracked in several spots.
Yes, the plants need their moisture after the big freeze. This drought is a bummer.

Good news is that it appears that most healthy Mexican Fan Palms and Canary Island Date palms made it through the freeze. The jury is still out on the date palms over at Portofino.

Also, fortunately the tropicals I had to leave in the ground are all coming back. They froze to the roots but there is new baby growth sprouting out. I’m not so afraid of losing my plants now in the winter because I know they will come back.
I put in a beautiful drought resistant Mexican Oak in the front yard a few years ago. Then it rained a foot in May and the tree drowned.

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Re: April 2021

Post by DoctorMu » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:31 pm

A trace (of rain) a day keeps the sprinklers away??

A trace for 4 days in a row. Still had to run the sprinklers. But only 1/2 time.

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Re: April 2021

Post by DoctorMu » Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:09 pm

A light line of showers and "front" moving through. We might get a solid tenth of an inch!

Doesn't not appear to have the oomph to arrive in Houston.

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