San Antonio, Texas is a history-rich area. It is home to the Alamo, and it is also home to Sea World. It is the most-visited city in Texas. How did San Antonio come to be so important?
San Antonio was the site of the Battle for the Alamo. This was an event that remains emotional and encouraging to Texans today. In the fight for Texas independence from Mexico in 1836, Mexican troops took the Alamo in a savage, bloody battle that provided strong morale to the Texas forces for the continuing fight. The Texans were outnumbered, but they fought well until almost the last man was dead. It became a symbol of Texas spirit and helped to prepare the city for the struggle still to come.
San Antonio became severely depleted during the Mexican War between the United States and Mexico. Healing was gradual, but over the years San Antonio grew and began to prosper. It became a place where cattle were common. In 1877, the railroad came to San Antonio. This contributed significantly to the population and economic stability of the city, but it could not prevent the coming disaster.
In 1921, the city suffered a terrible flood. This was another hard setback to its growth, but as in every other situation, the population overcame it. They built dams to prevent further flooding.
During the Great Depression, the city again began to struggle. Pathetic living conditions and low pay resulted in strikes. When World War II came, a significant shift to military use took place, and San Antonio experienced economic relief and population growth in part because recruits were coming there to train. The peace that came after the victory firmly established it as the magnificent city that it is today. However, there was still one more battle that had to be won in San Antonio and every other southern city.
During the Civil Rights Movement, San Antonio was considerably less opposed to integration than most southern cities. It was the first significant city in the south to integrate its many lunch counters. The reason for this may have been that there was a vast Mexican population. San Antonio was somewhat accustomed to diversity already. Much of the integration that came was purely voluntary, and the city won this final battle to usher in its greatest years of accomplishment.
It is important now for its military installations, agriculture, and trade. A good amount of the trade that occurs between Mexico and the United States passes through this city. San Antonio is a center for major league baseball. Football and basketball are also important to the city. It has come far from being a wild frontier town and is home to many tall buildings and architectural achievements.
One of the most notable of these is the Tower of the Americas. It is 750 feet tall, which makes it the highest building in San Antonio. As a result, it can be seen from anywhere in the city. It was built for the HemisFair in 1968.
If you ever go to see the breathtakingly beautiful view from the tower, be sure to have lunch at the restaurant on top. It revolves slowly. There is an observation deck on the outside for you to take in a stunning view of the city. From here you can see a city that is both lovely and surprisingly green.
Most would not think of San Antonio as a particularly green area, but there are stadiums, parks and the typical lawn that provide greenery. Lawns in San Antonio are a near-necessity. They cut down dust and add to the beauty of the city, but for those who don't have a lawn yet, it can be difficult to choose what kind of lawn you want. After all, they have to be resistant to heat and drought. Some types that are native to wetter areas in Texas will not work in San Antonio. What kind of grasses are best for your San Antonio lawn?
One option is buffalo grass. A blue-green grass native to Texas. It is called buffalo grass because it used to provide food for the buffalo populations. It requires little maintenance and can survive even extreme drought. Buffalo Grass requires less fertilization than many other grasses. Then there is centipede grass. This grass is very heat tolerant, but it does not handle alkaline soil well. An upside is that it doesn't become dormant so that you can have a beautiful looking lawn despite the weather.
Lastly, Bermuda grass is commonplace because it stands up well both to the heat of summer and the cold of winter, as long as the winter is mild. It is a popular grass that can be planted through seed, sod or plugs. It can be fully established in a few months. It is perennial and dark green. It is tough to kill. Part of this is because it can develop roots up to six feet in depth, creating a system that is resilient and hardy.
These types of lawns all require aeration to look as healthy and beautiful as you desire. What this entails is punching thousands of holes in the lawn once a year. While this may sound somewhat self-defeating and time-consuming, aeration is essential for the grasses to be able to 'breath' and get the nutrients they require.
Honestly though, who has the time or energy to aerate their entire lawn? What if you don't have the necessary tools or expertise to get it done? A simple solution is to hire a professional, but researching who to hire and trying to get a quote can be time-consuming too.
Here at Lawn Love, we use technology to streamline the whole process. Get a quote online in minutes. You can schedule our professional services, and save yourself the pain of having to aerate your lawn. Aeration was never so easy before! We will help you keep your San Antonio lawn looking green and healthy. Schedule your aeration service with Lawn Love today.