It is officially summer in the US, but Floridians know that summer starts early and ends late here in the Sunshine State. This season brings with it a host of unique weather conditions and challenges for those wanting to deal with pests and manage their lawns well. One of the most frustrating things a homeowner can see is brown spots and dying grass. Whether you want to host BBQs and parties or just have a nice place for you and your kids to run and play, brown spots and patches put a serious damper on a vibrant and healthy lawn. Furthermore it can be hard to pinpoint the source of the problem and what to do about it.
What causes brown patches?
Between hot days, intense sunlight, sporadic thunderstorms, and a host of other variables, it can be tricky to narrow down what to do in order to get your lawn green and growing again. There are several factors that can play into a dying or struggling lawn.
With so much rain during the summer, lawns can become susceptible to this fungus. This is particularly an issue when there are prolonged stretches of rain or when the lawn is stressed. Understanding proper irrigation practices and drainage is key to avoid root rot.
Large Patch Disease (Brown Patch Disease)
This fungal disease can be difficult to recognize and deal with due to its life cycle. During spring and fall, when temperatures are a bit cooler, the fungus can spread rapidly in it’s ideal conditions. During the summer months, the surrounding lawn can grow and hide the issue, but if you don’t deal with the disease it will certainly return and wreak havoc on your lawn.
Poor Soil Nutrition
Lawns, just like people, require a balanced diet and proper nutrition to thrive. There are a number of deficiencies and imbalances that can affect a lawn, including unbalanced pH levels or a lack of nutrients such as nitrogen or potassium. Each lawn is unique and will require different fertilizers to yield the proper soil.
How do I get rid of brown patches?
When it comes to getting rid of brown patches in your lawn we recommend focusing on the big three of lawn care: Irrigate, Fertilize, and Mow. Each of these practices plays a key role in keeping your lawn healthy. There are specific practices you can implement in each area in order to increase your chances of success and to not just create but maintain a healthy lawn.
Irrigate consistently on a proper schedule
During the summer months you will generally want to water two to three times a week, applying approximately ¾ inch of water. It is best to water during the early morning hours, since watering during very hot periods can lead to excessive evaporation and can even scald your lawn. You should shut off your irrigation when there is increased rainfall, so as not to flood your lawn. Always check with your local conservation department for watering day and time restrictions. For help with your irrigation system setup and maintenance, check out ProGuard’s irrigation partners.
Fertilize to balance your lawn’s nutrients
As previously mentioned, fertilizing your lawn is key in providing your grass the nutrients it needs to grow and thrive, as well as deterring pests and diseases. To determine what your lawn needs, you can often take a soil sample to local agriculture offices where technicians can test it for a wide variety of deficiencies. This will help you know what type of fertilizer application your lawn most needs. ProGuard offers free consultations and will custom blend a fertilizer application for your lawn to ensure that all color, weed, and pest issues are dealt with.
Mow your lawn regularly with the proper height set
Mowing too low ruins more lawns than any other practice because it affects good root development and will add more stress to your lawn. ProGuard recommends a 4 inch cut for most lawns, and mowing should be done frequently enough that you are never removing more than one third of the leaf. It is important to sharpen your mower blades frequently, so as not to tear your grass, and to mow the lawn in different directions each time to prevent wear patterns and laying. Mow when your turf is dry and do not remove clippings, because the cut grass helps recycle nutrients in Florida’s sandy soil. If clumping is a problem, you can rake your grass clippings out so they spread evenly across your lawn.
Professional help for a healthy lawn
ProGuard solutions group is here to help you obtain and maintain a healthy lawn! Our lawn service and integrated pest management (IPM) practices are all tailored to your lawn’s needs. With our five-star guarantee, we can promise a healthier, greener lawn that you are satisfied with. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are always ready to help you out with a free lawn inspection or with any variety of treatment plans. Contact ProGuard today to see how our team and our partners can give you the lawn of your dreams!