The Lazy Sod Farmer

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Annoying Leaves: Should You Rake Them or Leave Them Be?

If you like to have a well-manicured lawn, your first instinct is to remove every weed and leaf as though they were stray hairs you had to pluck, but is it actually healthy to rake all of your leaves? You might be surprised to learn that leaving some of those leaves on the ground could be beneficial for your lawn. Here’s what you need to know.

The argument for raking leaves

If you rake all of your leaves, it does more than just make your lawn look neat and tidy. Raking leaves also removes their blanket from your grass. Even though it is fall, your sod still needs adequate water and sun. Getting the leaves off of your lawn opens it up to receive the sun and nutrients it needs to survive the winter. Continue reading

The Best Mower Height for Fall

What is the best mower height for your lawn? In truth, your mower height should change with the seasons. Your grass has different needs for each season; and if you do not mow it to the right height, you could experience issues with your lawn that could lead to new sod. If you want to maintain your lawn properly, you’ll need to adjust your mower.

Why grass height is important

Grass height is so important to your lawn’s health and appearance. You want your grass to be high enough to look good and low enough to keep it free of disease or other fall and winter lawn problems, but you also want it high enough to keep the roots protected during the colder temperatures. Of course in Florida, you have the added nuisance of a lawn that grows year-round. Continue reading

How Season Changes and Mower Height Are Related

Most homeowners are aware that the type of grass you have on your lawn requires specific treatment, including a particular watering schedule, amount of sun, and, of course, mowing, but all of these things can be affected by the seasons. Most often, regardless of the type of grass you have, you are going to get the best results by mowing your lawn to the right height. Here’s what you need to know about setting your mower height for fall.

Things to consider

In addition to getting specific information for your type of grass, you will also need to consider a few other factors to determine appropriate mower height. Consider the needs of your turf type and factors such as how quickly it grows and in what seasons. If you are ever unsure of the watering schedule or mowing height for fall Florida lawns, you should get expert advice before making any seasonal changes to your lawncare. Continue reading

Autumn Is Here! What Does It Mean for Your Lawn?

You know that the seasons can greatly affect your lawn, but do you know what adjustments to make for each season? Now that fall is upon us, you’ll need to do some things for your lawn to protect it throughout the winter and onward. Here is what autumn means for your lawn.

Less rain

You’re going to have significantly less rainfall in autumn and winter than you do during the rest of the year in Florida. With the decreased rain, you’re going to need to up your irrigation game. While your lawn doesn’t need as much water during these dormant months, watering it occasionally on a regular schedule can ensure it makes it another year. Make sure you have your sprinklers set appropriately, about one to two times per week. Continue reading

Why You Can’t Just Set It and Forget It

When you first get fresh sod installed, you excitedly set up your irrigation system with all of the recommended settings. At first, you did all of the important testing and measuring to make sure you were giving your lawn just the right amount of water. But if you’re like most homeowners, at some point you decided the settings were right and you could just let it do its thing. 

Unfortunately, you really can’t just forget about your sprinklers. There are a lot of things that can go wrong that could ruin your lawn if you aren’t actively monitoring it. Continue reading

Can You Completely Automate Your Sprinkler System?

Do you enjoy connecting and automating all of your devices and home features? If so, you have probably wondered more than once if you can automate your sprinkler system the same way. The short answer is yes—but you need to keep a few things in mind for it to work right.

Make sure you get one with the right features—like rain sensors.

One of the pitfalls of buying products online instead of locally is that you get options advertised to you that are not actually appropriate for your region. You may be able to find a ton of cheap automated sprinkler systems, but they might not have features you need for Florida’s tropical climate. Continue reading

Is Your Rain Sensor Overwatering Your Lawn?

The technology we have today is amazing. Almost everything in your life can be completely automated, adjusted, and put in your pocket. This extends even to lawn maintenance. 

The latest irrigation systems offer automated features such as rain sensors that determine when to turn on your sprinklers, but the automation goes even beyond the traditional timers and newer sensors. These sprinkler systems can actually connect with your smartphone and other devices so that you can manage and monitor your lawn’s irrigation in real-time. Continue reading

Important Irrigation Tips for the Rainy Season

The Florida rainy season is a long one, and a lot of homeowners have questions about how they should be watering their lawns. You want to avoid drought-related problems, but you also don’t want to overwater your grass.

Overwatering sod can actually kill it, and quickly. Oversaturation allowed to sit in humidity instead of drying smothers the grass, floods its roots, washes away needed nutrients from the soil, and more. The health of your lawn requires that you be very careful about how often you water. Here are some great tips.

Water in the morning.

If you water in the morning, you have the entire day of sunshine to help the excess water evaporate. Continue reading

Adjusting Your Watering Schedule for Higher Soil Moisture

From late summer to November, Tampa lawns get a ton of extra moisture. Not only do you have more humidity in the air in the late summer and early fall, but you also have much more rain. Severe storms or even hurricanes are almost commonplace in Florida. 

With all of the rain that you get this time of year, it is important to make sure that you’re not overwatering your lawn. You need to adjust your sprinkler system according to the weather. Most of the summer it will rain at least a few times per week, and you may not need to water at all. 

Here are some things to keep in mind as you adjust your watering schedule. Continue reading

Why Spring or Early Summer Is the Best Time to Plant Sod

We are full swing into summer, and a lot of Florida homeowners are wondering if it’s too late to plant sod. While you can plant sod at this time of year with careful planning, preparation, nurturing, and maintenance, it is not the best time to do so. Ideally sod would be laid in late spring or early summer. Here’s why.

Lower Moisture

Sod needs to be watered frequently when first installed so that the roots can take hold and grow deep, but you can also give sod too much moisture. From mid- to late-summer Florida gets a lot of rain, severe storms, and even hurricanes. All of that added humidity in the air and precipitation on your lawn creates a breeding ground for disease that can kill the sod. Spring and early summer have occasional rain, but not nearly as much moisture in the air. Continue reading

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