It’s spring in Florida and preparing your lawn for summer is high on the to-do list. While everyone is stuck at home, there are steps we can take to prepare for a summer of parties and get-togethers in our yards. Now is a great time to do some extra work while our lawns are getting less use, and when it comes time to get together with your neighbors once again you will have a lawn that you can be proud of! These are some BMPs (Best Management Practices) to prepare your Florida lawn for summer:
- Get Your Lawn Mower Ready
This is the time to take care of any lawn mower maintenance you need to do, from oil and air filters to spark plugs and lubrication. One of the most important things you can do for the health of your lawn is to sharpen your mower blades. Dull mowers will tear your lawn rather than cut it, which makes the lawn less hearty against droughts and more susceptible to disease and insects. It is recommended that you never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade, and that most grasses in Florida maintain a height of 3.5-4 inches. Set the height of your mower accordingly to keep your grass healthy and thriving all through the summer!
- Prepare For Proper Irrigation
Irrigation plays a vital role in lawn heath in Florida. With our hot summer days and tropical rain patterns you want to be sure you have properly calibrated your irrigation system for soil and plant health. Check all your sprinkler heads to be sure they are covering your lawn and not pointed at sidewalks, driveways, or your house. Your lawn requires ½-¾ inches of water once or twice a week in the summer, and Florida rain storms will often account for a good portion of that. It is better to water your lawn around sunrise so that the leaf blades can dry fully during the day. Be sure to check in with your local Water Management office for what days and times you may water your lawn, as well as any other guidelines or regulations.
- Evaluate Fertilization And Weed Management Needs
Maintaining a healthy lawn requires a balance of nutrients in the soil for proper plant development and weed resistance. Ideally you will want to test your soil before fertilizing it to know exactly what you need to provide. Lawns should be fertilized during their heaviest growth periods, starting in the spring and continuing till mid-October in Central Florida. This is also a good time to see where weeds may be forming problem areas and come up with a treatment plan. If there is an area with a persistent issue, look into what kinds of plants will thrive in the present conditions (shady, wet, etc) to take control of that growth area. For an integrated approach to lawn and shrub care, ProGuard offers a full range Lawn Program that covers fertilization, insect and weed control, pH balancing, and disease control in a custom blended bi-monthly service. We will come out and provide a free consultation and inspection so you understand what your lawn needs and how we can help.