One of the nice things about living in Florida is that we get the chance to have beautiful and well-manicured lawns pretty much year-round. However, some months can be harsh – both to ourselves, and to our lawns. In order to keep the grass healthy, we need to take particular measures to keep it thriving.
Here are a few tips.
Mow your lawn frequently.
As we all know, it rains almost every afternoon during a Florida summer. All of this extra water will get your grass growing faster than any other time of the year. It becomes important to mow your lawn more frequently in an effort to keep the grass under control. Plus, keeping your lawn at a reasonable height and trimming it will remove any hiding places for lawn pests.
Think about switching up your watering schedule.
It’s a good idea to cut back the amount you water your lawn during rainy months. Excess water on turf grass promotes turf disease and insect attack. If you’re not sure your lawn needs water, look at the blades. When your lawn is thirsty, the blades of grass will fold in half in an attempt to conserve water. University recommendations state to water a lawn 2 to 3 times a week during the warmer months (when there isn’t rain) and every 10 to 14 days during the wintertime. Make sure when you irrigate your lawn, you are also abiding by any local watering ordinances that may be in your area.
Use fertilizers prudently to maintain turf nutrition.
Fertilizers help in maintaining the nutritional balance of your lawn. You’ll want to use them sparingly and within state and local fertilizer ordinance guidelines, as too much of a good thing can turn sour. In addition to keeping your lawn well fed, fertilizers may also help your grass to combat certain turf pests.
Use insecticides to maintain control of pests.
There are plenty of pests wanting to feast on the lawns we work so hard to keep beautiful. Common lawn pests, especially during the warmer months, include Chinch Bugs, Sod Webworms and Armyworms. Insecticides can help keep these bugs at bay.
Let your grass grow a bit higher.
While this may sound contradictory to what we said earlier about mowing your lawn more often, the two tips aren’t actually mutually exclusive. You can adjust the blade height of your lawn mower to cut the grass at a longer length. This height varies based on the variety of turf grass you have in your lawn. Mowing at the maximum recommended height will help make up for the fact that it is getting cut more often, and it will help enhance the rooting process of the lawn. This is especially helpful as winter approaches. A healthy root zone will reduce the likelihood of winter damage to your turf grass.
Fortunately, here at Florida Pest Control we have decades of experience making sure lawn pests don’t become a nuisance. If you need help keeping your lawn looking beautiful, give us a call today, and we’ll come out to your property for a no obligation consultation.