The Ultimate Guide to Irrigating Your Florida Sod Lawn

Spring in Florida can be a very dry time, and this makes the proper irrigation of your sod all the more important. Dry weather doesn’t last forever, but your diligent watering efforts during this dry season will ensure that your sod stays vibrant and healthy for many, many years to come. Rather than using unreliable guesswork to water your lawn each week, remember these guidelines.

It’s All in the Timing

First and foremost, be sure to schedule your irrigation at the right time of day. Experts agree that the very best time for lawn irrigation is the early morning hours. This allows your sod to absorb all of the water it needs without losing too much to excessive and rapid evaporation. On the other hand, it’s also important not to water at a time when the water will sit on your grass for too long and smother it with moisture. Expending the “dew period” of your sod will accelerate the development of disease. Stick to early morning to be safe! Continue reading

Don’t Fear Brown Sod in the Winter

If you’re determined to equip your yard with the perfect green grass, sod can be your solution. This is especially true in the south, where lush green grass doesn’t always grow naturally. Sod offers a host of benefits over other alternatives, and it can even be installed during the mid Florida winter! Many new sod owners become overly concerned when they discover that their freshly installed sod is actually brown, not green.

Though it can seem counterintuitive to accept brown grass as a good thing, it is true that brown sod shouldn’t be feared.

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3 Reasons to Install Your Sod in the Winter

You may think of the spring or summer as the best season to install new sod in your yard, but for homeowners around Florida, the winter actually provides the best opportunity to install fresh, healthy sod. Warm season sods like Zoysia, Centipede, and Bermuda variations can be installed while they are dormant during the winter. There are many benefits to choosing this strategy!

Winter Sod Installation Saves Water

Dormant sods require less water as they take root, so you can take comfort in the fact that your water bill won’t skyrocket! Though you will need to water your dormant sod immediately after installation and through dormancy to ensure it stays moist until the spring, the overall volume of water required to achieve that goal will be significantly less. Just be sure to keep your dormant sod consistently moist in cold, dry winds, since they can rapidly dry out and kill your sod. Continue reading

3 Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Install New Sod

Are you a Florida snowbird? If so, then you are familiar with the seasonal patterns of the north, especially how grass becomes virtually worthless over the winter months. In states like Maine, New York, and Pennsylvania, very few plants can grow during the cold months. However, Florida is very different. Thanks to Florida’s seasonal climate nearly all year long, growth can take place any time. In fact, the autumn and early winter are the perfect times to install new sod in your Florida yard!

A Brief Reprieve From Insects and Diseases

Unfortunately, Florida is definitely known for having its fair share of plant diseases and pesky insects. From fungal diseases and brown patches to cutworms and chinch bugs, turf grass can become vulnerable to a variety of problems. Sod installation is ideal during the autumn and early winter because the majority of those bugs and illnesses no longer pose a threat to new grass.    Continue reading

Autumn is the Ultimate Time to Install Your New Sod

It’s that time of year again! As the Holiday Season quickly approaches, it is the ultimate time to install brand new sod on your Florida lawn. The type of grass growing in your front yard has a major impact on the overall curb appeal of your house, so by selecting a premium type of sod and strategically installing it in autumn’s cooler temperatures, you can transform the look and feel of your property.

Why Choose Sod?

You have many choices when it comes to maintaining the grass around your yard. You could try to cultivate the natural grass already growing, but most Florida homeowners find this to be extremely challenging. You could also opt for seed, but successfully growing a beautiful lawn from seed is a very long and difficult process threatened by everything from birds and wind to heavy rain. Sod is really the easiest, most affordable, and most convenient option available! Autumn has finally arrived, so why wait? Continue reading

What are Those Pests in Your Lawn?

For all of the careful maintenance and attention that you devote to your sod, you can’t always prevent pests and bugs from infiltrating your yard. However, learning to recognize the bugs and familiarizing yourself with the best treatment options available, you can take back power over your yard and enjoy your view without any damaging bugs in sight.

The Chinch Bug

Is your grass turning yellow or reddish-brown? If so, it could be under attack by chinch bugs. These incredibly tiny bugs are difficult to spot, but the damage they cause is obvious. Chinch bugs only measure about ⅕” long with black bodies and white wings across their backs. Unfortunately, they view your lawn as their dinner, so even if you cut, water, and fertilize your sod exactly like you should, chinch bugs can still cause trouble. They will suck your grass blades dry and inject a poison that kills the blades. This tends to cause damage in patches that end up looking like they are suffering from drought. A professional pest control service is the best way to stop chinch bugs in their tracks. Continue reading

How to Care for Your Sod During a Drought

As the hot and humid summer months arrive in Tampa, it’s important to adjust your sod and grass care plans based on the incoming weather. Temperatures will hover in the 90s and 100s for many months, and unfortunately that heat is sometimes paired with drought.

 

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