You can help maintain the beauty of your landscape with these tips.

Mowing:

  • Mow frequently. Don’t remove more than 1/3rd of the leaf blade in any single mowing. Usually, this means that you should mow at least once per week during the growing season and once every 10 to 14 days during the dormant season.
  • Use a sharp blade. Sharpen your mower blades frequently to prevent disease and maintain good lawn color.
  • Avoid mowing wet grass. Wet clippings can easily clog your mower, reducing its ability to efficiently cut the grass.
  • Leave clippings, if possible. Grass clippings return vital nutrients to the landscape. If you must collect clippings, compost them and use the compost as a soil modifier or as mulch.
  • Keep clippings from washing into runoff areas, storm drains or directly into bodies of water. While grass clippings are nutrients to your lawn, they are pollutants to bodies of water. Sweep or blow clippings off of roadways, sidewalks and driveways back onto the lawn.
  • Mow at the proper height. The following recommended mowing heights and locations should be used to ensure the best possible appearance.
Grass Type Mowing Height Best Location
Floratam (St. Augustinegrass) 3.5 to 4 inches Full sun areas
Seville (St. Augustinegrass) 2.5 to 3 inches Moderately shaded areas
Bitterblue (St. Augustinegrass) 3 to 3.5 inches Slightly shaded areas
Bahiagrass 3.5 to 4 inches Full sun areas
Bermudagrass 1 to 1.25 inches Full sun areas
Centipedegrass 1 to 2 inches Full sun to partially shaded areas
Zoysiagrass 1 to 2 inches Full sun to moderately shaded areas
Tall Fescue 1.5 to 3 inches Full sun to moderately shaded areas

 

Mulching

  • Use mulches made from recycled materials. Non-recyclable materials are detrimental if they end up in our waterways and landfills.
  • Apply mulch at least 2-3 inches deep. This maximizes weed suppression and water retention.
  • Do not pile mulch against trees or shrubs. Trees need a clear space for air to reach the trunk.

Pruning

  • Prune to direct or alter growth. Every time you make a pruning cut, you stop growth in one direction and encourage it in another.
  • Prune to encourage flower or fruit production. Pruning after flowers bloom and fruit ripens to help improve the volume of flowers and fruit next season.
  • Prune to promote plant health. As shrubs age, older limbs and branches become weak. Prune older branches back to encourage younger, more vigorous shoots to thrive.
  • Prune to repair damages. Strong winds, lightning and even repeated pruning can damage plants. Thin-out older, weaker, brittle or diseased limbs and branches to improve the strength of your shrubs and trees.
  • Prune to alter, restore or rejuvenate. Pruning can help make an established or neglected plant more attractive.

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