Onе оf the kеуѕ tо hаvіng a grеаt gаrdеn іѕ tо hаvе a wоndеrful lаwn. Thе grеаt thіng аbоut mаіntаіnіng уоur lawn іѕ thаt іt саn bе оnе оf thе еаѕіеr раrtѕ оf your garden tо mаіntаіn. Lіvіng іn Flоrіdа іѕ a luсkу situation fоr lоvеrѕ оf luѕh, grееn lаwnѕ. Thаt mіght ѕееm еxtrеmе, but іt іѕ truе! Flоrіdа іѕ thе реrfесt рlасе fоr wаrm аnd сооl-ѕеаѕоn grаѕѕеѕ, аnd іf рrореrlу саrеd fоr, a lаwn саn bе grееn уеаr-rоund. Thеrе аrе ѕеvеrаl bаѕіс lаwn mаіntеnаnсе tірѕ tо fоllоw to kеер уоur lаwn hеаlthу аnd vіbrаnt. Bеlоw аrе a fеw tірѕ tо соnѕіdеr.
- Mow your grass at the proper height for the species. Bermuda needs to be kept shorter than St. Augustine. Setting the mower at the appropriate height helps avoid weed problems, because the grass will shade the soil, preventing weed seeds from sprouting.
- Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one time. That might mean that you will have to mow twice a week during periods of heavy rain and fast growth. Removing only 1/3 of the grass blade helps keep the grass healthy and un-stressed.
- Observe and jump on fungal and disease problems immediately. If you notice large brown circles or patches in the lawn, call a certified landscape contractor to help you deal with the problem. To correctly treat the problem, you need to diagnose the problem accurately. A certified pesticide applicator can help you diagnose and treat any grass problem successfully, and with the least risk to your lawn and your family.
- Water deeply and infrequently. Every single article you read about lawn maintenance will mention this. If it doesn’t, be wary of the advice. Watering deeply and occasionally encourages profound root growth for grass plants and an overall healthier, more vigorous plant.
- Fertilize in the fall for root growth and growth of cool-season grasses. About three weeks before your warm-season grass goes dormant for the winter, fertilize to promote root growth. A healthy root system for your warm-season lawn will help it overwinter well and reduce stress caused by overseeding.
- Before overseeding, mow your warm-season grass to the lowest point, without killing the grass stems. Usually ¾ of an inch. Overseed with a cool-season grass and water. Cool-season lawns need more food than warm-season grasses, so you will most likely need to fertilize two or three times during the winter.
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn to return nutrients and organic matter into the soil. Grass clippings do not cause thatch problems.
- Aerate in the spring or fall with a punch-core aerator, and top dress with organic matter. Aeration helps reduce problems caused by compaction, and by aerating in the spring or fall, it ensures that the grass will not be stressed trying to recover during the hottest parts of the year. Aerating also helps reduce problems from thatch buildup. A great time to aerate in the fall is just before overseeding, as the topdressing of soil can help the cool-season grass seeds sprout quickly.
The above tips will help you have a lush, green lawn year-round. For more information and a specific lawn-care schedule, contact our certified professional landscape company.