How to Take Advantage of Cooler Temps to Protect Your Lawn from Weeds

Cooler temps mean that your lawn goes to sleep, just like so many other things in the wintertime. But unfortunately even though your grass is going dormant, other plants thrive on cold temperatures and will take over your lawn if you’re not careful.

The bottom line is that while your grass is dormant and doesn’t need as much care, you still have to keep a watchful eye, take action as soon as the need arises, and keep up with some basic maintenance to keep your lawn healthy even though it’s not in its growing season. Continue reading

The Most Common Insects and Diseases That Kill Lawns

There are a lot of different weeds, insects, and diseases that can kill your Florida lawn. You might think you only have to worry about such things in the hot, humid, rainy season, but the fact of the matter is that the colder months between November and February can be just as detrimental to the future health of your lawn. Also, some insects or diseases are easiest fought in the winter.

Insects that make turf weak and susceptible to weeds are numerous, but there are two primary insects that cause a problem in these cooler months. The first is the mole cricket. This insect doesn’t look like much, but it can eat away at your grass very quickly. They are actually most active in the cooler months, so that’s when you’ll need to prepare to battle them. Continue reading

Why Weed Killer Doesn’t Solve the Problem of Weeds

Do you find yourself buying the same bottle of herbicide every season to combat the weeds in your lawn? There is a reason that you have to treat for weeds every year, even though the herbicide promises to kill them. How do they keep coming back, and how can you stop relying on chemicals to keep your lawn under control? Here’s what you need to know.

How weed killer works

You can’t buy one weed killer for all unwanted plants in your lawn and expect it to work without killing your lawn. If you used one weed killer over your entire yard, it won’t be long before you’ll be calling us for new sod. Grass can also be killed off by herbicide weed killer when it is not formulated for a specific weed. There are formulas for every weed you could want to eliminate from your lawn, so there is no need to improvise. The weed killer penetrates leaves to go to the root and growth areas so that it dies and cannot regrow. Continue reading

Deter Weeds in Your Lawn by Avoiding These 3 Causes of Weak Turf

The cooler weather doesn’t mean that you can relax when it comes to protecting your lawn from weeds, pests, or diseases. Although sod disease is much less common in the cooler months, pets and weeds can continue to be a problem. However, even these have a dormant period that gives you the perfect opportunity to eliminate weeds for good.

The most important thing you can do to deter weeds in your lawn is to keep your turf strong. Your grass sod can become weak for several reasons, but the most common are completely avoidable. Work to do better with the below maintenance points, and you will see a dramatic difference in your lawn. Continue reading

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

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