Proper mowing and watering dramatically impact the health of your lawn. Give your lawn and landscape the right attention with the following tips:
- Mow frequently. Don’t remove more than 1/3rd of the leaf blade height in any single mowing. Mow at least once per week during the growing season.
- Mow high. During the heat of the summer, you should mow your lawn at the highest recommended cutting height to help grass retain water.
- Water deeply and infrequently. Our Florida sands dry out quickly so set your sprinkler system to run twice per week to deliver ¾ inch of water per zone. Clay soils may not need to be watered as frequently. Check your local extension service for recommendations or contact us for a free inspection.
Look for signs indicating your lawn is too dry:
- A dull bluish-gray coloring to your grass
- Foot tracks that seem to remain in the grass
- Leaf blades that are folded in half or wilted.
The key to a healthy landscape during dry periods is a balance of proper irrigation and proper maintenance. Either too little or too much irrigation can lead to an increase in weed, pest and diseases. For help keeping your landscape healthy and green all year long, contact Massey Services GreenUP for a free, detailed inspection.
Just when many were wondering if global warming had taken hold of Florida,Mother Nature bites! Many areas in Central and North Florida experienced a hard freeze for several nights in late January and early February. In many locations temperatures dipped below freezing for up to 7 hours at a time with lows in the upper 20s. Amazingly, it even dropped below freezing as far South as Ft. Pierce for 3 hours one night with a low of 28 degrees.
Why is this concerning to homeowners? About half of landscapes in Florida are planted with tropical plants that cannot tolerate hard freezing. Those plants that were not covered during the freeze, especially tropical plants, have turned brown with freeze burn. In addition, many lawns have also been damaged from freeze burn and have turned brown as well.
What should homeowners do right now? Please don’t go renovating your landscape just yet – we are not out of the woods. There is still a chance for more damaging temperatures before the Spring. Pruning plants or replacing lawns now will promote new growth BUT will be very susceptible to damage in the event of another freeze. It is best to wait until the threat of frost has passed, beginning to mid March.
However, now is the time to start making plans for landscape renovations and re-designing for better plant adaptation. This simply means installing plants that will thrive in locations where other plants that were poorly-adapted to that site have failed (shade, wet or dry soil conditions, full sun, etc.).